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  1. Nicaragua ¿Donde está la gallina?

    During a family birthday, my little host brother was dying to have his picture taken with one of the family's chickens.  After a couple of attempts and my entire host family rolling on the floor laughing, we finally got this picture.  Humor truely knows no culture boundaries!

  2. Nicaragua Intrigue

    I have watched this little girl, who is my neighbor, grow over the past two years.  I have had the pleasure of being around for her first step and her first word, NO!  She is 4 months in this picture and is  now an active and happy 2 and a half year old.

  3. Nicaragua Parade

    Parade

  4. Nicaragua Parade

    Parade

  5. Nicaragua Sweet Shoes

    Every Peace Corps Volunteer misses a favorite food that is not easily available in their host country.  I missed chocolate!  My aunt knew this and she mailed me a 5lb Hershey chocolate bar,  A five pound chocolate bar was quite the attraction in my small town, so we used it as a raffle item to raise funds for the school auditorium we were building.  This building project was my Peace Corps Partnership project,.  The Parent Teacher Committee was working hard to raise funds in Nicaragua to matc...

  6. Nicaragua Gentleman on Corn Island

    I traveled for a weekend to visit a volunteer site, which happend to be on Corn Island. Corn Island has a serious Caribbean flavor and at the time many unspoiled beaches. On a trek around the Island I came across this gentleman collecting coconuts. He had a tough life but was content in that he could make a modest living.  

  7. Nicaragua Peace Corps Agricultural Training

    Learning to build terraces - the hard, sweaty way! 

  8. Nicaragua The Joy of Chickens

    My women's group organized a project to raise chickens, staring with just 12 hens and one rooster. This project brought them better nutrition from eggs and meat, as well as a small business opportunity selling eggs to the local community. This photo was taken when the chickens arrived.

  9. Nicaragua Youth Team

    Here is my youth team that took forever to form. Together we toured all around Matagalpa and even though we weren't part of an official organization we all knew we were the best.

  10. Nicaragua Peace Corps training

    Fellow volunteer Matt August and I teaching a class on forest ecosystems for the first time in Spanish after about 3 weeks of training. 

  11. Nicaragua Thanksgiving

    Who says you need to be in America to enjoy a Thanksgiving Turkey?

  12. Nicaragua Baseball League

    Thank you US Embassy for your donation of gear and uniforms for 4 teams!

  13. Nicaragua Teaching About Farming

    Looking on with awe as my teacher takes charge to present our garden talk.

  14. Nicaragua Somoto at Night

    My wife and I served in Somoto, Nicaragua as Community Health Promoters.  Somoto is a cowboy town 30 minutes from the border with Honduras.  It sits in a valley surrounded by bare mountains.  This photo was taken from our street corner.  It was almost impossible not to look up at the mountains and marvel at the site no matter the time of day, but this picture really gets to the heart of the beauty of Nicaragua.

  1. Nicaragua Shining Shoes

    I met Diego while walking through town to the main bus stop. He ran up from behind and yelled “Oy,chele!” (hey, whitie!) and offered to shine my shoes. Over his small shoulder he was lugging the typical wooden box the shoe shine boys used to carry their brushes and polish as they ran around town looking for work: dusty cowboy boots and leather shoes. He was about eight years old and had a cocky strut. His hands, face, and tank top were smudged and, in some places, nearly covered with shoe po...

  2. Nicaragua Shat on by a Chicken in a Mango Tree

    I've mentioned before that the chickens in my host family's yard like to climb the ladder of the mango tree to chill up there all evening/night. So the other night, while unsuspectingly walking back from the latrine, I was struck by what felt like a falling baggie of water – which would not be entirely surprising, considering sometimes they have water fights here with baggies of water en vez de (instead of) balloons. To my dismay however, it was not one of the local kids hanging out in the t...

  3. Nicaragua La Liga

    Its back, la liga infantil/juvenil de futbol campo is up and running and stronger than ever. After much apprehension and anxiety I have gotten my act together and am working with La Liga 2.0. Like my SPA project it has not been a perfectly smooth ride, but I don’t care, it is soccer and it is fun. While it may not be my main project and is not exactly what Peace Corps wants me doing, it is my baby project and is what keeps me sane while in San Dionisio. I am surprised how much I missed all o...

  4. Nicaragua King of Latrines

    Greetings all, it has been a spell since I have written or have even thought about my blog. I am sorry that I have not kept you all updated about my life, but it seems to have slipped my mind. While there is no adequate excuse, you are just going to have to accept that I have been quite busy and that my life just hasn’t been that interesting. Well, I think at least one of those previous comments is true; I’ll let you be the judge. I don’t want to this be an overzealous approach to recollect ...

  5. Nicaragua Mid-Service or Home Stretch

    I don’t know what has been going on lately, but it is difficult to find satisfaction in my life. I am not saying that I am squandering my life nor am I depressed, but I find that the original charm has worn off. I am accustomed to working in the schools and what I once saw as a novelty is ordinary. I have forded rivers, ridden horses, walked through cattle drives, chased pigs, and dealt with countless other experiences that would have seen alien in my former life. I am not bored, but I also ...

  6. Nicaragua Campeones

    his weekend was the finals for my youth soccer league. It was a long time in the works and well worth it. Of course there were a couple setbacks, my directors could not come, one of the NGOs pulled out, the mayor’s office could not lend me the audio system, but who is complaining? I learned long ago that nothing in Nicaragua goes as planned and you just have to roll with the punches. Yes, I would have loved to have had a big audio system to announce the play by play action of the game and hav...

  7. Nicaragua Shat on by a Chicken in a Mango Tree

    This week I was shat on by a chicken in a mango tree. That's an entertaining enough story as it is if you ask me, but I will elaborate because, correct me if I'm wrong, but I imagine that none of you have ever been shat on by a chicken – especially not from such an altitude as a mango tree. I've decided you should all be allowed to picture it exactly, so that you can really share in this experience of mine. You can thank me for that later. I've mentioned before that the chickens in my host...

  8. Nicaragua Proud Owner of a Bicicleta!

    So I spent the last month and some change trying my best to be a good, frugal Peace Corps volunteer - refusing to buy a brand new bike because of the cost. Sure I have enough money to buy a shiny new bike, and sure I have family members back home who would have loved to “sponsor” my purchase, but I wanted to accomplish this using only the money from my Peace Corps “salary” without leaving myself starving for my next paycheck. [That's generally been my rule here because I'm really trying to ...

Nicaragua

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status
Open
program dates
1968-1979; 1991-Present
current volunteers
205
cumulative volunteers
1,909

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