Language is simply a tool used to facilitate interactions with other humans, but here in Nicaragua (and all Spanish speaking communities) it comes as a double-edged machete, especially concerning its impact on gender (in)equity. The Spanish language, like every language, … Continue reading The Constraints of Language
To many volunteers two years can simultaneously feel like an unimaginably long time and an overwhelmingly short time but for many of us it is certain that we will leave the Peace Corps and return to the United States, some … Continue reading The Change You Wish to See
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
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
In January, I spent a week as a counselor at camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) with 48 incredible female participants between the ages of 14 … Continue reading Gender Equality: Why It Matters
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
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?