Lindsay Ellingson

Site and Sector:

Balgue, Ometepe. ENV64

Project assignment:

Environmental education

Project reality:

Just plain old education

Did you have an apodo during service?


Most and/or least useful thing/experience brought into country:

My robe!

What do you wish you had done here?

I wish I had seen some baby turtles hatching.

Most creative way you killed time in your site:

Long bike rides around the island listening to Marc Anthony.

What books/podcasts/shows/movies did you get hooked on during your service that you would like to recommend to other volunteers?

Memory Palace, Revisionist History, Invisibilia, NPR Politics Podcast.

Most Nicaraguan habit you’ll take home with you:

Pointing with my lips.

What will you miss six months from now?

Biking around the island and eating fresh fruit from the yard.

What will you not miss six months from now?

The lack of politeness when getting on public transportation.

How have you changed during your service?

I have become more patient and heaps more self-sufficient.

Did you ever want to ET?

Maybe once… each day.

Big plans for your readjustment allowance?

Trip to Chile for a volcanology conference and a new robe.

What’s next?

Finishing my masters and getting a job hopefully in Washington State.

Final words of advice:

Start keeping track of people’s birthdays!  You have no idea how many people you’ll win over by remembering birthdays.