Monthly Archives: June 2015

At a Crossroads

Every year the Peace Corps has a series of regional meetings on Safety & Security. The León/Chinandega meeting was last week while I was on Ometepe, so the Peace Corps kindly asked me to attend the meeting in Estelí. The meeting … Continue reading

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Nicaraguan Folk Music

Five posts in five days. Here is the last one. It was a good and fun-filled-fun packed week. Over the last two months León (which I will never tire of lauding for its quality and frequent offerings of cultural events) … Continue reading

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Day Four: Tourism Business Development Workshop, Ometepe

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Day Three: Tourism Business Development Workshop, Ometepe

Everyone was a lot happier this morning than yesterday morning, since the electricity was running last night so the air conditioning and fans were keeping our rooms cool. The sessions in the morning were dedicated to accounting, and in the … Continue reading

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Day Two: Tourism Business Development Workshop, Ometepe

Day two of the workshop started a little rough. The power went out last night (a common occurrence on Ometepe) so our rooms had no air conditioning or fans. The rooms were very hot all night long. Ometepe is not … Continue reading

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Close Encounters of the Howler Monkey Kind

[Apologies for the lack of pictures and videos. The internet is very slow on the island and I don’t particularly want to be up past midnight tonight uploading files. I will add the photos and videos when I am back … Continue reading

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The Blogs of Others

Sometimes my friends just say it better than I can: 1 Year as a Peace Corps Volunteer By Thomas Playing. Learning. Coloring. Facilitating. Competing. Applying. Moving around. Sharing. Also by Thomas My new love: Bachata By Jessica Otavalo, Ecuador By … Continue reading

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Machete-Wielding Hitchhikers on Active Volcanoes

My former-but-always-and-forever-in-the-cuadra-of-my-heart site-mate Isabel is traveling through South America at the moment, and reading her blog is bringing back excellent memories of my short time in Ecuador, studying abroad in the winter of 2009. In particular, Isabel was recently in … Continue reading

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Prototype Day, 2015

Every Small Business Development Volunteer in Nicaragua shares one work activity in common: entrepreneurship education in high schools. In Senior year of the Nicaraguan equivalent of Home Economics class, the curriculum is based solely on entrepreneurship. However, many of the teachers … Continue reading

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Rural Business Advising

On three occasions now, while talking about financial goals, savings, and loans, I have had participants draw their financial goals. I thought of the activity because I have been working with two cooperatives whose members have low education levels and … Continue reading

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