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Peace Corps Volunteers in Nicaragua Create SMS-Based Health Hotline

ChatSalud was featured on the Peace Corps website! Here’s the press release from another Peace Corps blog. Peace Corps Volunteers in Nicaragua Create SMS-Based Health Hotline 1 Reply WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2014 –To empower Nicaraguans to lead healthier, safer lives, returned … Continue reading

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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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I’m Back

I’m back in Nicaragua! I’m working with the lovely Lindsey Leslie who served with me in the Peace Corps and now lives with me in Baltimore, as well as my friend William Garcia who is from La Dalia and taught … Continue reading

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It’s only the beginning, after all.

I thought it was over.  I bought a cake. I said my goodbyes.  I left.  I thought it was over, which is why I mourned so heavily over leaving. But what I didn’t take into account was how fundamentally I had … Continue reading

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Description of Service

Every Peace Corps Volunteer must write a Description of Service (DOS) before finishing up his or her service.  Since it’s pretty much a summary of all the important work I did as a PCV, I thought I’d share it all … Continue reading

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Exit Interview

I fly out tomorrow. The last couple weeks have been really tough: first I said goodbye to La Dalia, then to my fellow Nica 55ers, then to my host family in La Paz, and tomorrow, I will say goodbye to … Continue reading

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Bienvenidos a La Tienda Lorena

When I first moved out of my host family’s home and into my own house, my neighbors in Barrio San Martin became a second family to me.  They gave me food, we passed the time talking on each other’s porches, I … Continue reading

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Des-pe-di-da: (n) a goodbye party

A despedida is a goodbye party. To despedir someone is to say goodbye. This is what I’ve been doing for the last month.  The next few posts will document all the goodbyes I’ve been having, and —por fin (finally!)– you’ll get … Continue reading

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My Work Here is Done

March is here: my 27th and final month as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  I have one more week in site, and nineteen short days left in Nicaragua.  I’m not crying because I’m in denial.  So it goes. During the month … Continue reading

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Payacuca: a Love Letter

The “Payacuca” bus is my favorite bus in town.  According to town lore (read: my friends William and Fabiola) the bus was named Payacuca because  the owner used to have a route between a community called Payacuca and Matagalpa.  For … 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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Nica Moments

Every day I have “Nica moments:” picking out produce from the vegetable market; waiting for pupusas (like a flat knish) to get all hot, melted and crispy on the grill; buses breaking down; cows stopping traffic; kids asking me “Cuando vamos a … Continue reading

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