Sam Connor

Site and Sector:

Env, Diriá

Project assignment:

First, co-teach and plan with primary school teachers.  Second, implement community environmental projects.

Project reality:

See above.

Did you have an apodo during service?


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

The least useful thing I brought was a guitar… played it a total of 6 times.

What do you wish you had done here?

I wish I had had a chance to climb la Concepción on Ometepe.

Most creative way you killed time in your site:

Playing baseball for a local team.

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

The three best books I read were Black Hawk Down, Boys in the Boat, and The Nine.  They are great non-fictional stories about modern warfare, the U.S. crew team from the 1936 olympics (Nazi Germany), and the modern development of the Supreme Court, particularly in relation to the growing view of the court as a political arm, respectively.

Most Nicaraguan habit you’ll take home with you: 

Pointing with my lips and talking to strangers.

What will you miss six months from now

The sense of family and community that I get when I walk through my town.

What will you not miss six months from now

Sweat stress, AKA The Heat!

How have you changed during your service? 

There are many answers to that question, but I believe they are all sub-headings under the heading of being more confident.

Did you ever want to ET? 


Big plans for your readjustment allowance? 

Trip to Guatamala and a little bit of rest and relaxation state side.

What’s next? 

School in the Fall, fingers crossed.

Final words of advice: 

Be purposeful and positive. It’s easy to be negative and look at things as out of your control.  Take a little time to think about what is in your control, what you can do about it, and act accordingly.  It takes a bit more effort than the easy way out, but you will be stronger for it.