I met Romy two years ago when I was helping out in an ACCESS English class. ACCESS is a micro scholarship program that prepares high schoolers to learn English. Romy is now in her first year of college and she works … Continue reading Self-Esteem, Straight Up: Confessions of a Young Nicaraguan Woman
Happy #WorldTeachersDay! As part of the GoAbroad.com Writer’s Academy I completed, my final assignment was to write about a piece for the GoAbroad Foundation‘s blog. I pitched to write about the Hope Bilingual Academy because of the amazing work Patricia Shronce has done with her retirement money … Continue reading Happy #WorldTeachersDay! Here’s how you can help the Hope Bilingual Academy in Masaya!
Thank you to everyone who has donated and promoted to make Camp CHACA happen in July! Stay tuned for updates about our July camp. Continue reading Camp CHACA for Boys 2016 is Fully Funded!
Last week, I walked to the Women’s Collective of Matagalpa, which I’ve been to multiple times for their spontaneous theater shows. The collective has a theater program, health and education outreach, and a radio station. April is Sexual Assault Awareness … Continue reading That Time We Spoke About Street Harassment on the Nicaraguan Radio
When I think of girls’ empowerment, these images come to mind: Girls’ hands flying in the air during class to ask questions Girls learning that if they were boys, they wouldn’t be called “bossy” As an English teacher and member … Continue reading Camp GLOW 2016: What Girls Taught Me About Empowering Them
I facilitated Gender and Sexuality workshops with Ethan, one of the three male counselors. During this workshop, we explained LGBTQ identity to 53 Nicaraguan girls attending Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World). I’m the coordinator of STAR (Sexuality Training Awareness and Response), a volunteer LGBTQ … Continue reading Camp GLOW 2016: Learning about LGBTQ Identity
What was even more interesting was what the girls wanted to learn about gender empowerment. They wanted to learn about how these workshops were relevant to themselves and their communities. Continue reading Camp GLOW 2016: What Do Nicaraguan Girls Want to Learn?
Today, 53 Nicaraguan teenage girls came together for Camp GLOW. This is the third year that Peace Corps Nicaragua has organized this 5-day girls’ empowerment camp. Continue reading Camp GLOW 2016: Nervous Excitement
In my site, I always walk past a set of colorful, quirky clay piggy banks of all sizes in the park. The artisan? Abigail. She’s a … Continue reading Women in Microfinance: Nicaragua