Site and Sector:
El Valle de La Laguna, Masaya. Environment 64
Environmental Education Promoter
Primary school science teacher, garden and compost engineer, papelografo artista.
Did you have an apodo during service?
Most and/or least useful thing/experience brought into country:
My own sheets. Even brought 2 sets, super useful because Nica host family sheets were scratchy and elastic was always shot so never stayed on mattress. I usually got 9-12 hours of sleep in site every night so they were definitely put to good use! Other most useful thing, EARPLUGS. Least useful: Watertight bag. Never used it and the one chance I could’ve used it (tour of Somoto Cannon, lots of swimming) I didn’t bring it with me!
What do you wish you had done here?
More sports related stuff in site. It’s what I’m good at and what I love to do but I let the lack of materials and hilly terrain prevented me from getting something started. Wish I could’ve been a part of a committee, maybe would’ve had the chance to be a part of the camps and teach Nica kids the importance and values of being part of a team.
Most creative way you killed time in your site:
Working out with Shaun T videos, he saved me.
What books/podcasts/shows/movies did you get hooked on during your service that you would like to recommend to other volunteers?
Favorite podcast I discovered was The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson.
Most Nicaraguan habit you’ll take home with you:
Lip pointing and nose scrunching.
What will you miss six months from now?
My PC friends, host family, Laguna de Apoyo, Crossfit in Managua.
What will you not miss six months from now?
Having to use public transportation, latrina life, piropos from gross/disrespectful men in public.
How have you changed during your service?
I went from valuing my independence and free bird lifestyle to really longing for a husband and family of my own. “Settling down in Delaware” used to scare me but now I know I am ready to do just that. Living in a culture that truly values family definitely influenced and inspired this change.
Did you ever want to ET?
Every other day but my friends and family kept me going. I’m no quitter.
Big plans for your readjustment allowance?
Pay off credit card debt that I accrued while in PeaceCorps, car maintenance stuff, pretty new clothes 🙂
Coaching college field hockey, part time work as a teacher at an early learning center, find a husband and live happily ever after.
Final words of advice:
No matter how tough things may be… have faith in yourself and others, laugh A LOT, take care of your body and mind, spend time with the people who make you happy, and last but not least: work hard but play harder.