Final Chapter, Book 1

Julia Montoya ’20, Nicaragua – And just like that, seven weeks of my life have melted away in the Nicaraguan heat, and just one remains. When I look back on this experience, all of the memories blur into a montage of moments. As these weeks have wound down into days I find myself overcome with…

Confianza

Marina Fleites ’19, Nicaragua – It’s hard to believe this is our last blog post, because that means we have to leave soon. Over the last week Julia and I have taken turns every day looking over at each other in disbelief to say we can’t believe its almost over. We’re cherishing our last fresh…

Not Everyone Loves the USA

Marina Fleites, Nicaragua — This was my first time celebrating the Fourth of July outside of the United States. It was a strange feeling, and we spent it with Denise, the Peace Corps volunteer who trained us, Dolly, a recently retired expat that just moved to Leon, and the PGL director and his wife, who…

What it Really Means to be American

Julia Montoya, Nicaragua — When someone asks you where you’re from what do you say? Do you say Planet Earth? Probably not because it’s most likely that the person you’re speaking to is also from Planet Earth. (And if they’re not then that is very interesting and I would love to meet said person.) So…

Disadventura

This Sunday started like any other day I’ve spent in Nicaragua thus far. I woke up to the sound of roosters cock-a-doodle-dooing at 6 am, took a nice cold shower, and wolfed down gallo pinto and eggs before meeting the crew at the PGL office. Today was the former PGL director, Carlos’, last day in…

Classroom Distractions

Marina d. Fleites, Nicaragua —  We’ve now been in the classrooms for more than a week, and getting accustomed to a Nicaraguan school was definitely an adjustment. All architecture here is very open to allow for airflow in the heat, and that extends to the schools. The pabellón where my classes are has open windows…

The Makeover

Julia Montoya (Nicaragua) — Diving into this new journey has come with its own set of adjustments to my own cosmovisión (worldview). Before coming to Nicaragua, I had a very limited knowledge of the history and culture. In fact, aside from the knowledge acquired through the weekly fellows meetings and from reading The Country Underneath…

Do you hear the words that are coming out my mouth?

Kyshon S. Jackson ’18 (Nicaragua) —- I tried to prepare as much as I could before coming here with the Spanish language. Actually being here made everything totally different. I thought I was a little prepared but nothing is like having to listen to the language, translate quickly in my head, then try to respond…

Another day, another 30 cordobas

Marina Fleites (Nicaragua)  — One thing that has really struck me since arriving here in Nicaragua is actually the currency exchange. The rate is roughly 30 cordobas to every dollar, so prices can be shocking to look at from an American perspective. For example, Julia and I went to get ice cream and it cost us…