In Nicaragua, certain cultural factors, such as machismo, prohibit women from taking advantage of education and employment opportunities in order to fill socially constructed gender roles in the home. Camp GLOW aspires to break these social frameworks by exposing young … Continue reading Support Camp GLOW 2018: DONATE NOW!
Back in July, I had the pleasure of working as a camp counselor at Camp CHACA (CHavalos a CAballeros, Boys to Gentlemen), as well as working on the planning committee to organize the camp. The camp was held in the … Continue reading Boys to Gentlemen – Mini-Camp CHACA, San Juan del Río Coco Edition
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
Camp CHACA (Chavalos a Caballeros, Boys to Gentlemen) took place this year between July 11th and 15th in northern Nicaragua. We had 40 campers, ages 14 -18, 10 Nicaraguan counterparts and 10 Peace Corps Volunteers. All 60 of us came … Continue reading Reflections from Camp CHACA
In the warm, welcoming home where I spent my three months of Peace Corps training, there was always lots of activity. Early in the morning, sometimes before dawn, my host dad and brother would rise to fill up all of … Continue reading Gender Liberation
As a foreigner watching the nightly news in Nicaragua, I sometimes find it to be gruesome. Coverage of motor accidents, shocking court cases, and murders are reported to a presumably desensitized audience. I have cringed at the sight of dead … Continue reading The Gravity of Femicides in Nicaragua
Build them up. This seems like such a daunting task, but one that is necessary. Joining the Gender and Development Committee seemed like a daunting task … Continue reading Mini-Camp GLOW – San Juan del Río Coco
Recently, as I was on my way back from teaching in the elementary school I walked past a small humble house with a gathering of local women. Culturally, we were taught to greet everyone we pass with a courteous “adios” accompanied with a wave and nod. This day the women responded with an adios as well, but theirs was accompanied by the sounds of kissing and shouts of “mi amor” with a sort of howling. I was uncomfortable and shaken, as anyone would be with this unwanted and unwarranted attention, so I turned and told them “no me hablen así” … Continue reading Why We Need to Kill the Phrase “This Doesn’t Happen to Men”