Site and Sector:
Health 63, Terrabona, Matagalpa
Teach sexual and reproductive health to teens and mothers, and promote breastfeeding and healthy eating habits at the Casa Materna
I guess I’ll see when I come back to visit in 5 years!
Did you have an apodo during service?
Nope, just Kelsey (spelled Kelsi)
Most and/or least useful thing/experience brought into country:
Most useful: aside from my computer for music and for working, my headlamp and a sharp cooking knife; least useful: an extension cord and 60% of my clothes (I am a paca addict and by the end of my service I had a totally different wardrobe than what I started with!)
What do you wish you had done here:
Learned how to make Nacatamales!
Most creative way you killed time in your site:
Teaching the kids on my street how to play Go Fish in English
What books/podcasts/shows/movies did you get hooked on during your service that you would like to recommend to other volunteers:
Any podcast on NPR, specifically Here & Now, Fresh Air; also Radiolab. Favorite TV show was ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘Scandal’
Most Nicaraguan habit you’ll take home with you:
The lip point!
What will you miss six months from now:
The sunshine (I’m from the northeast) and everyone saying “adios” to you on the street, and the frescos.
What will you not miss six months from now:
The sound of my host dad burping at all hours of the day right outside the door to my room.
How have you changed during your service:
I am more comfortable and confident being alone, and I am not scared of public speaking.
Did you ever want to ET:
Big plans for your readjustment allowance:
I am writing this to you from Salento, Colombia! I am backpacking for 10 weeks from Nicaragua to Peru (feel free to reach out if you want to do the same when you COS!)
Working a seasonal job at Snowbird, in Utah.
Final words of advice:
Three things: 1. take deep breaths and keep your chin up; 2. there’s nothing a brownie from El Molino can’t fix and 3. during those charlas, remember to channel your inner Beyoncé.