Did you have an apodo during service:
Site and Sector:
León, SBD 63.
Coaching entrepreneurship teachers; advising small business owners.
Biking around León from school to school, business to business.
Most and/or least useful thing/experience brought into country:
My friend gave me a money belt. When I got robbed the burglar did not realize that there was money in the belt that was in my bag and it saved me a few thousand Cordobas.
What do you wish you had done here:
Salsa dancing lessons or surfing.
Most creative way you killed time in your site:
I once rode my bike all the way to the beach from León.
What books/podcasts/shows/movies did you get hooked on during your service that you would like to recommend to other volunteers?
I watched all of “How I Met Your Mother.” I love the show, but the ending was a huge disappointment.
Most Nicaraguan habit you’ll take home with you:
Waking up early. It’s 10:20 AM right now and my friends that I am currently staying with haven’t even stirred. I’ve been to the gym and showered already.
What will you miss six months from now:
Probably some friends that I made. Also the heat. Definitely the heat in six months. It will be December.
What will you not miss six months from now:
The noise. And my Host Mom. She could be kind of annoying.
How have you changed during your service:
I am more Eric than I ever was before.
Did you ever want to ET:
Yes, but I never seriously considered it.
Big plans for your readjustment allowance:
Basically all of my money is going into grad school – tuition, housing, purchasing necessary stuff (wardrobe, new computer, etc.).
Getting an MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
Final words of advice:
No Camps, No Grants, No Committees.