Category Archives: Trainee

Life as a Trainee during Staging and PST, January 11- April 1, 2011.

Welcome Nica 58

A week or so ago, the new health volunteers arrived in Nicaragua.  Anna, my closest mother lover, was granted the honor of greeting the new group.  As such, when she stopped over in my site on her way to Managua, … Continue reading

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A Trip to US Soil

Today Nica-55 had the privilege of spending the day at the US Embassy in Managua.  We heard talks from USAID, the Regional Security Officer, and the US Ambassador to Nicaragua himself, Robert Callahan. The most interesting part of the day was listening … Continue reading

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We Love PASC!

As part of training, we designed and carried out a survey on breast cancer in our town.  We also had to present our results to the entire group.  Our instructions for the presentation?  Make it fun.  Here’s a shortened and … Continue reading

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Feliz Cumpleaños a Emily!

Yesterday was my training mate´s birthday.  To celebrate, Ashley and I surprised Emily with a series of regalos throughout the day.  Para empezar, we accidentally drew HAPPY BIRTHDAY EM! on the dry-erase board with permanent marker.  But it was so … Continue reading

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Processing: Site Visit

The Peace Corps loves to process everything.  Tomorrow we have a meeting all day to process our site visits.  But here’s a little processing of my own.  Enjoy!

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My New Home is…LA DALIA, MATAGALPA!

If you’re thinking to yourself, “wow, that name sure sounds familiar,” then I applaud you on your astute observational skills.  I went to La Dalia about two weeks ago during Practicum week to work in the Casa Materna, and tomorrow, … Continue reading

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La Hípica

As my dad so eloquently put it, la hípica is like a car show but for horses.  La hípica went down Sunday afternoon right here in my town.  There were horses, cowboys, giant doll people, and even a couple Nicaragüense … Continue reading

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Practicum Week

Last week I ventured to San Ramón, Matagalpa to work in a Casa Materna, meet some Brigadistas, and see what life as a volunteer might be like.  I’m going to do a lot of work with both Casa Maternas and … Continue reading

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Anthony Bourdain, Meet Petrona

My host mom prepared a traditional Nicaraguan dish called Baho last weekend.  Here’s what you’ll need to recreate its awesomeness: Platano leaves Guayavo leaves Yucca Platano maduros Beef Tomato Onion Garlic Vinegar Salt Peppers STEP 1: Collect some big-ass leaves … Continue reading

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Enemies

I know that the Peace Corps is all about friendship and integration, but while in training, I have already established three sworn enemies: DOGS (specifically while running), MOSQUITOS, and ROOSTERS. 1) DOGS (specifically while running) It all started one morning … Continue reading

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Mi Casa

Some family and friends chilling on the porch.  From Left to Right: Sol, Dona Petrona, Williamcito, Ashley, Emily. Me in front of my lovely home.  Sorry for being a tool with the scarf.  I thought I might be able to … Continue reading

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Entrenamiento

So what am I doing during training anyways? In addition to several hours of Spanish class each day, trainees must complete a number of tech projects in our training towns over the course of eleven weeks.  These tech projects can … Continue reading

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