Where do you call home?
What were you doing before you joined Peace Corps?
Just finished student teaching and then was living in the North Woods as a kayaking and climbing guide
Weirdest/most specific/interesting item you brought to country with you?
A hanging closet from college — turned out to be the most useful thing I brought!
First impressions of Nicaragua? What surprised you most?
It’s much hotter than Minnesota! Never thought that I would find climbing here though.
Funny anecdote from training/service so far?
When we went to La Boquita at the end of training, I came back so burnt that I was literally the same shade of red as the wall across from Britton’s house. Even applying aloe hurt!
Best Spanish mistake?
Accidentally asking for a coño of ice cream instead of a cono will make your server turn bright red.
Favorite Nica food?
Guiso de pipían – specifically made by Doña Lígia!
What do you hope to accomplish in your service?
I hope that the schools that I work implement school-wide and classroom-wide interventions that support learning of the whole child.
What do you miss most from home?
While I am eternally grateful that there are bolted climbing routes in Matagalpa, I miss the long, perfect granite lines of Yosemite and the endless number of overhanging walls at the Red.