The first time I accompanied Doña Nelis on one of her home care visits, it was immediately clear that she was a leader. People shouted out greetings (¡Adios Doña Nelis!”) as she walked by, and often stopped her with inquiries or … Continue reading One of Nicaragua’s Superwomen: Nurse Nelis
Lately the patriarchy has seemed even more inescapable than ever. It’s not just the catcalls, rigid gender norms in my community, the sexualization of young girls here, there’s also the near daily unveiling of a new Harvey Weinstein, ridiculous comments … Continue reading Patriarchy Overload: Ways to unwind as a feminist when the machista world gets you down
We have almost reached our fundraising goal for Camp GLOW 2018! In a final effort to encourage donations, this year’s co-directors Maura and Kate share a few of the many reasons why donating to camp is worthwhile. All money raised … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Donate to Camp GLOW: A Message from the Co-directors
In January I had the pleasure of taking two intelligent young women from my community to Camp GLOW (Girls Leading our World) 2017. As my experience with all the gender camps, it was an absolute honor watching them grow over … Continue reading A Reflection of Camp GLOW 2017
Máxima En verdad en verdad les digo: No hay nada más poderoso en el mundo que una mujer. Por eso nos persiguen. -Gioconda Belli Nicaraguan author, novelist, and poet. Serving in … Continue reading Dear Female PCVs, Thank You.
My name is CJ Sanchez and at first glance at my name you would probably suspect that I’m some form of Latino, however at first … Continue reading Navigating Nicaragua as a White-ish Male
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!
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