Exigimos respeto a los derechos humanos de las mujeres. “We demand respect for the human rights of women”, reads the colorful mural across the street from the largest supermarket in the city. Estelí, Nicaragua is a vibrant, bustling city with … Continue reading The Art of Making a Statement
A typical day for a volunteer walking down the street in Nicaragua: “SSSSSSSSSSSsssssss…. “Chela!” “Sexy!” “I love you baby…” “Give me your number, I deserve it.” … Continue reading Machismo/Patriarchy/Male Chauvinism: Call It What You Want, Sexism is Not to Be Accepted
In January, I was a co-director for GAD’s girls camp, Camp GLOW. The benefits of this camp are plain to see; in a world where women … Continue reading Why Camp CHACA is Important in Nicaragua: DONATE NOW!
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 … Continue reading Interview with a CHACA Participant
This is a guest post by Polly Wiltz, a Camp CHACA 2016 counselor. Upon arriving to my site a year and a half ago, my first plan of action was to form a volleyball team to help integrate myself into … Continue reading From a Chavallo to a Caballero: How CHACA Created Agents of Change
This is a guest post by Andrew, a CHACA 2016 Counselor. “Hay que unirse no para estar juntos, sino para hacer algo juntos” — “You must join together not just to be together, but to do something together.” Nicaraguans are … Continue reading Camp CHACA 2016: Why We Need Nicaraguan Counterparts
With a song titled “Somos Uno” (We are One) as our anthem, workshops about sharing power in relationships, goal setting, HIV/Aids and pregnancy prevention, and condom negotiations, all combined with the magic power of camp songs, games and fun, this week … Continue reading Camp CHACA 2016 Video
Being a female has arguably been the most difficult part of my Peace Corps service. Before arriving to Nicaragua, I was aware that women filled more … Continue reading Camp CHACA 2016: Now What?
It has been a year exactly since I boarded a plane and arrived in Nicaragua. At the time, I knew that there would be a myriad of challenges that would face me in the coming two years; one easily identified … Continue reading Camp CHACA 2016: Fear and Change – My time as a Counselor