Category Archives: Training

Practicum Week

Around this time last year I was sent north to Jinotega for a Volunteer Visit with then Small Business Development Volunteer Hannah (she is now a Returned PC Volunteer in the US, meaning she completed her two years of service). … Continue reading

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Where’d I Go?

In a word, nowhere. It has been a few weeks since I last made a post on this blog (I’ve put up quite a few posts on my economics blog though). The reason for my blogging absence is nothing less … Continue reading

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Nagarote

Nagarote is a town halfway in between León and Managua. It is on the far side of Lake Managua (with Managua being on the near side). I went there today with my soon to depart site-mate, Chelsea, who used to … Continue reading

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A Menagerie of Videos From Training

I haven’t been able to get these videos from training up till now, but they sure are good. Presenting Daniel Ortega, President of the Republic, Malú, a particularly exuberant puppy, and Luis Mariano, simultaneously dancing and pummeling a piñata at his … Continue reading

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Jurementación

Although I’ve been in Nicaragua for nearly three months, I wasn’t actually a Volunteer until last Friday morning. During the first 11 weeks in country, when you are in training, you are considered a Trainee, not a Volunteer. To become … Continue reading

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1st Place!

Today was the small business competition for training, and my group got first place! There were six teams and our jelly brought home the gold for San Juan de Oriente. The competition was stiff too. The other products were: Natural … Continue reading

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The “Pussification” of the Peace Corps

One of the first books that I read back in September after being invited to serve in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua was a book called, The Gringo: A Memoir. It tells the story of a recent Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador … Continue reading

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These Just Showed Up At My House

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León, León

This last week  I visited my permanent site of León, León. It was very very hot. The second hottest place in Nicaragua, in fact. Like sitting in place, not moving a muscle, yet still sweating so much your shirt is … Continue reading

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Why I Decided to Join the Peace Corps, Reconsidered

Today when we met with our youth group to finish the jelly for the big sale tomorrow one of the kids in the youth group, a 14 year old by the name of James, spent the entire time making fun … Continue reading

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