I served as a Small Business Developer in Masaya from 1993-95. In my spare time, I coached youth basketball, played B-ball with Los Astros in Managua on weekends, and visited every volunteer site possible. I have never completely un-plugged from Nicaragua nor my Peace Corps experience. I was the RPCV Group Leader of Amigos de Nicaragua. When Hurricane Mitch struck in 1998 we mobilized to raise money to support people/projects negatively impacted by Hurricane Mitch. In 1999, I vacationed to Nicaragua, in part to ask the then PC Country Director if Amigos de Nicaragua could offer modest monetary support to needy PCV projects. A few months later, I had a contract to be Nicaragua’s Crisis Corps Coordinator for 18 months. During that time I met, courted and married my Nica sweetheart. In 2008 I was given the Peace Corps' Franklin Williams Award for sustained service to my community. Now, after 8 years as a Manager with American Express' Corporate Services I'm looking forward to my next adventure.
Contributions from Marco
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.