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GAD Update: Nov 2016

GAD Committee / Peace Corps Nicaragua

After the successes of CHACA and our sister-GLOW camp called Mi Momento, looking forward to Camp GLOW 2017 in January, and the beginnings of other gender related initiatives, we’re certainly not feeling blue; there’s a lot happening in the world of GAD.

A Job Well Done

July 2nd-6th brought Continue reading “GAD Update: Nov 2016”

Support: Youth Leadership Camp 2017

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Nicaragua | Youth Leadership Camp 2017

Gray / Nica 65 / HE
Volunteer from New Hampshire

The gist: Youth Leadership Camp 2017: Be the Change is a four-day camp for 54 Nicaraguan youth between the ages of 16 to 19 who have demonstrated themselves to be outstanding students and peer leaders and who could benefit from a more focused training in leadership and community project planning.  (Read more)

The goal: $9990.02.08

The PCVFriends, family, and people who love empowering youth:

Please consider donating to help me put on Youth Leadership Camp 2017 in Nicaragua. This year, Youth Leadership camp will take 54 Nicaraguan youth from across the country, and using the Design for Change curriculum, will teach project management and design. We hope to put our Peace Corps technical skills to use and train youth to implement projects in their own communities.

Remember that every U.S. dollar you donate is worth 30 bananas here, so just imagine your donating as the mountain of bananas we’re trying to build and consider pitching in. We need $8,000 USD to fully fund our camp, but every bit helps!

So spread the word, chip in, or follow us on Facebook to hear what’s going on with Youth Leadership Camp! – Alexandra Morgan

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Instagram: ¡Voy al CHACA!

via @peacecorpsnicaragua: Photo by of these boys who have been chosen to attend camp CHACA, a GAD Nicaragua gender equality camp from July 2-6

Congratulations, Welcome, and an Invitation: GAD Update June 2016

GAD Committee / Nicaragua

With our 2nd Annual Camp CHACA right around the corner, new committee members, and a new opportunity for PCVs to work towards gender equality to share, GAD is feeling quite excited about the upcoming months.

In order to reach our vision of a world where Power, Respect, and Opportunity are no longer Gendered, we need passionate individuals and groups actively working to reduce inequalities, bridge differences, and broaden understandings. We’re proud of the groups of PCVs who are doing just that and want to invite you to further participate in the work of gender and development in your site and beyond: Continue reading “Congratulations, Welcome, and an Invitation: GAD Update June 2016”

Attention Nica PCVs: CHACA 2016 Camper Applications Due May 15th!

GAD Committee / Nicaragua

GAD Nicaragua

Dear Fellow PCVs,


Peace Corps Gender and Development (GAD) Committee will be holding the 2nd Annual Camp CHACA (“De Chaválos a Caballeros”) in the Tisey Reserve, south of Esteli from July 2nd to 6th, 2016 at Eco Posada Tisey. The camp will focus on developing healthy communication skills, the prevention of violence, and leadership.


Applications and permission slips will be due Sunday, May 15th, 2016. All boys ages 14-18 are encouraged to apply.

Download the CHACA 2016 Camper Application here.

Applications need to be scanned/photographed and sent to Liz Hannah, HE 65 (elizhann at  Physical copies of the application will not be accepted; if you are in the office with the physical copy, simply scan it using a Peace Corps scanner, and email. Hold on to the permission slip portion of the application to give to the selected campers for when they travel to the camp

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Wanna be a camp counselor? GAD Update: March 2016

GAD Committee / Nicaragua

GAD Nicaragua

If you’re a PCV in Nicaragua but not on the GAD committee, I can imagine that you’re wondering why you would even read this update. Sure, GAD does cool camps like Camp GLOW and CHACA, but what does that have to do with me?


In order to reach our vision of a world where power, respect, and opportunity are no longer gendered, we need passionate individuals and groups actively working to reduce inequalities, bridge differences, and broaden understandings. We want to help you do just that.

This July break for Camp CHACA (July 2-6), the GAD Committee is piloting a new structure for staffing its gender equality camps. The planning team will be made up of a small amount of GAD members, but the majority of the counselors will be PCVs from outside of the committee.   Counselors will be selected through an application process. We are piloting…

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Camp GLOW 2016 Video

GAD Committee / Nicaragua

Support Camp CHACA 2016

GAD Committee / Nicaragua

GAD Nicaragua

Camp CHACA (Chavalos a Caballeros, or Boys to Gentlemen) needs your help! 

For the last 20 years, the world has made great advances on the issue of gender inequality through women’s empowerment programs. With a whole generation that has grown up with this mantra, we can see there has been progress, but sadly severe prejudice persists, evidenced by continuous domestic violence and gender discrimination in the workplace. The questions now are, “What is the problem? Why has it not worked like we wanted?”

Gender inequality has been addressed from the perspective that it is a women’s issue. Here with GAD Nicaragua, we host Camp GLOW to empower young women to confront the specific issues and challenges facing them as women in a culture of machismo.  But this only addresses one side of the coin, one aspect of the greater issue.

It’s time to flip the coin.


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