Interview with a CHACA Participant



This is a guest post by Laura Linde, a Camp CHACA 2016 counselor.


As a counselor at Camp CHACA, watching 52 chavalos/boys grow and change into caballeros/gentlemen in the span of five days was incredibly powerful. Two of these boys came from my community and talking to them before, during, and after the camp has been an absolute privilege. I have witnessed their personal development arc over the past year and cannot wait to see the young men they will turn into by the time I finish my Peace Corps service. One of them, Nacho, allowed me to interview him to discuss how CHACA has affected his life.

  • ¿Cuál fue tu charla favorita? ¿Por qué? / What was your favorite training? Why?
    • La paternidad supone ante todo una relación donde una persona asume el rol de padre de otra, y donde se establece además una serie de obligaciones de una parte con otra. La parte “paterna” tiene ciertas obligaciones para con su hijo, pero también ciertos derechos. / Primarily, paternity implies a relationship where one person assumes the role of father of another and also establishes a series of obligations from one part to another. The paternal part has certain obligations to their child but also certain rights.
  • ¿Qué fue tu parte favorito del campamento? ¿Por qué? / What was your favorite part of camp? Why?
    • Cuando salimos a jugar porque así tuve nuevos amigos y ya que con ellos me divertí y jugamos de una manera amigables. / When we went out to play, because I made new friends and with them I had fun and played in a friendly way.
  • ¿Cómo has aplicado lo que aprendiste en CHACA? / How have you applied what you learned in CHACA?
    • Lo he aplicado con mis amigos dándoles consejos sanos de los cuales aprendí en CHACA como paternidad, violencia, etc. / I have applied it with my friends, giving them healthy advice based on what I learned at CHACA, such as paternity, violence, etc.
  • ¿Por qué es importante lo que aprendiste en CHACA? / Why is what you learned at CHACA important?
    • Es importante porque me hizo saber muchas cosas como violencia y masculinidad. CHACA vino a cambiar algo de mi vida como el odio, falta de respeto, etc. / It is important because it made me learn about many things like violence and masculinity. CHACA came to change some things in my life, such as hatred, disrespect, etc.



Laura Linde
Peace Corps Nicaragua ENV 66
Camp CHACA 2016 Counselor
GAD Committee Co-Chair


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