As promised, I’m back with a newly revamped blog. This blog will expand the scope of my previous blog because I am no longer a Peace Corps Volunteer, and thus should no longer be writing in a Peace Corps blog. As such, Under My Skin will be a platform for sharing my personal anecdotes (life is always funny, even when I’m not abroad) and also for reflecting on the themes that really get “under my skin” (…see what I did there?) These themes generally include culture, public health, international development, as well as gender norms and inequities. If you want to learn more about the blog and where the name came from, I encourage you to read the “About Under My Skin” section.
Without further adieu, let the tour commence:
I have changed the name of my blog from Nicaraguan Lauren to Under My Skin. All of my old content is still available through the archives, but I have altered some of the pages available in the heading. Please feel free to explore all the pages, including “Contact,” “About Under My Skin,” “ChatSalud,” and “Peace Corps.”
In addition, you can follow my blog by clicking “Subscribe to My Blog” on the right margin (see two orange arrows pointing to it on the example picture below).
I’ve also embedded my Twitter account (@ChicainNica) to the right margin of the blog (in the circle below) and have updated my list of good blogs to read.
Under the “Contact” page you can fill out the form and it will be sent directly to my personal e-mail. Please contact me with any questions, comments, or ideas–I’d love to hear from YOU!
I’ve added a section about my on-going mHealth project in Nicaragua called ChatSalud. It was started during my Peace Corps service and I’m still actively involved in the project. I’ve received some inquiries about the it from a few readers, so this section aims to share the basic information. Under the heading you can read our executive summery, see the various articles that have come out about ChatSalud, and you can also contact the team on-the-ground directly through the “Contact ChatSalud” section. If you have any interest in the project, we’re always seeking more ideas and advice, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
And lastly, for those of you that are interested in learning more about the Peace Corps or are in the midst of the application process, the “Peace Corps” page is a reference for you. I’ve included information about the Peace Corps in general, my country of service (Nicaragua), my application timeline and packing list, my assignment, and finally, my Description of Service which highlights the main projects I worked on while serving.
That concludes the tour. I hope you enjoy my new blog!