Tag Archives: Central/ South America

One Year Later

On March 27, 2013, an emotionally upheaved chela boarded a plane in Managua and, after a short confrontation in the Miami security line when an insensitive man said something like, “We’re in America and these people don’t speak English,” landed in Boston. Upon seeing her … Continue reading

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Barbara’s Guest Blog: Occupational Therapy in Nicaragua

The primary reason for my trip was the culmination of an international service-learning course I had gotten into at school this past August. Each year, a professor in our Occupational Therapy department takes four students to Managua for a week … Continue reading

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ChatSalud: A Nicaraguan Revolution of a Different Kind

According to the International Telecommunication Union, approximately 8 out of 10 Nicaraguans have cell phones (ITU 2011).  And according to the Nicaraguan Dispatch, all 153 municipalities have cell phone coverage (17 Sept. 2012).  This means that if you live in … Continue reading

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Plagues of (almost) Biblical Proportions

Floods. Eyeball infections. Cement-eating ants. All of these happened within a 24-hour period. The Great Flood: It was early evening and I had just finished translating a monstrous 22-page document into Spanish.  Unbeknownst to me, while I was working, a natural event … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Claire Mongo Valdivia does Nicaragua

She came, she saw, she wrote a blog post.  Here is Claire Mongo Valdivia’s (my college roomie’s) account of her time in Nicaragua.  I have inserted my own comments periodically.  You will recognize them, [because they look like this.] It’s … Continue reading

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Beauty in the Breakdown

Last week, I was traveling back to site on a rickety old school bus when an all too common occurrence occurred: the bus broke down.  I did not immediately know it was happening, for I had been taking advantage of the 90-minute ride by … Continue reading

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Piropos: Where They Come From and Why, Despite Knowing This, They Still Make My Skin Crawl

A piropo is a catcall. When most Americans think of catcalls, they picture the stereotypical construction worker whistling and explaining to passing women what they’d like to do to them.  This doesn’t always happen and isn’t the norm.  I spent … Continue reading

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Day in the Life: Jornada de Vacunación

Last March during my site visit, I was thrown into a truck that traversed rivers and mountains until we ended up in several rural communities that I haven’t seen since.  It was an exciting and confusing time.  I spent the … Continue reading

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a loss, a gain

Today someone stole my phone.  It happened somewhere in between getting off the bus, into a taxi, and back out of the taxi.  It was in my pocket, and then it was gone.  I know it was stolen because when … Continue reading

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Mid-Service Crisis

Mid-service crisis is: crying on the bus ride home while wedged in between two very large men (and trying to hide it from them).  Here’s a tip: if you put your head against the seat in front of you, you … Continue reading

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Volunteer Speak

Much like Spanglish or Creole languages, which exhibit linguistic elements of two or more languages combined, the Peace Corps Volunteers in Nicaragua have developed an idiosyncratic method of speaking to one another that has taken the best elements of Spanish, … Continue reading

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A Letter to America

Dear America*, I know we haven’t seen each other in about a year, but I’ve been thinking about you lately. Maybe it’s not fair of me to be writing to you; I’m the one that left. You’ve always been there … Continue reading

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