Category Archives: Peace Corps

Kickstarter Update

We Made It! I can’t believe that it took about 18 hours to fund the whole project. Thank you Duke, Mom, Cousin Jeff, Jacob, Aaron, Uncle Stu, and Matt T for contributing. I am retaking the GMAT on Friday so I am … Continue reading

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Incidents of Travel is Shut Down … Temporarily (Hopefully)

No, the United States government did not censor me. And no, the Sandinistas did not bust down my door and bash-in my laptop. WordPress, the website that I use for my blog, has a limit on how many gigabytes of photos … Continue reading

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Pizza & Art

About an hour south of León there is a small sea-side fishing town called El Tránsito. And ten years ago, a an American woman founded a center called “El Tránsito Centro de Artes,” or “El Tránsito Arts Center,” (ETCA) in … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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One Year Down, One Year to Go

The sad occasion of the departure of two of my beloved site-mates, Joanna and Isabel, makes me realize that I myself became a Volunteer a year ago today, May 23, 2014, after 11 weeks of training. Joanna and Isabel are … Continue reading

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