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Peace Corps Nicaragua stories of service.



What it’s Like to Serve as a Queer Volunteer

Char / Nica 64 / TEFL

“I don’t want to go to Nicaragua,” I grumbled to my mom as I sat in the passenger’s seat, wrinkling my nose. She had just asked me if I was excited about my new Peace Corps assignment. I still wasn’t sure if I would actually go, but I said yes, for the moment.” (read more)

STAR Update: Nov 2016

STAR / Peace Corps Nicaragua

STAR is a group of LGBTQ and allied Peace Corps volunteers who support one another, train staff on LGBTQ issues, and collaborate with Nicaraguan communities.

1. Pride Managua

In June, a group of Peace Corps volunteers attended Pride in Managua, where they were surrounded by hundreds of other people celebrating LGBTQ and allies identities in the streets of Managua. Photo by Coco Lim.

From Coco Lim, EEP 67: Continue reading “STAR Update: Nov 2016”

STAR Committee Updates

1. Support group retreat!

2. Alternativa Nicaragüense de Diversidad Sexual-ANDISEX is proud to announce the June 28th LGBT Pride Parade in Managua.

Continue reading “STAR Committee Updates”

Instagram: April 28, 2016 at 04:05PM

via @peacecorpsnicaragua: Repost from @vulnerabletraveler: Today I’m super pumped to announce that my fourth @peacecorps passport official blog post is up! This time I’m mentioning why we need #LGBT safe zone trainings in #peacecorpsnicaragua. Link in my bio.

#queer #Peacecorps #safezone #diversity #loveislove #samesexlove #lesbiantravel #gaytravel #lgbtqsafezone #lgbtq #lgbttravel #humanrights #queervolunteer #wanderful #travelstoke #goabroad

Why Peace Corps LGBTQ Safe Zone trainings are so important

Posted originally on the Peace Corps Passport official blog by Char Stoever.

As the coordinator of the Sexuality Training Awareness and Response (STAR) Peace Corps Volunteer committee in Nicaragua, I train and support staff and Volunteers on LGBTQ issues. STAR formed in 2014 because Peace Corps Nicaragua was slated to start hosting same-sex couples. In light of this, LGBTQ Volunteers in-country recognized the need for their identities to be acknowledged and better supported.

In 2015, STAR led four LGBTQ Safe Zone trainings. Our first training was nerve-wracking, yet rewarding. During these trainings, we realized there was a great need for staff to learn about the differences between “sex” and “gender” before moving on to more complex topics of “gender expression” and “sexual orientation.” We trained the office staff, both Nicaraguan and American, as well as our hotel and hostel staff. Last but not least, we trained several of the taxi cab drivers who make sure we travel through Managua safely.

Check out why we need LGBTQ Safe Zone trainings on my 4th Peace Corps Passport blog post!

STAR Update – Feb 2016

Eric Insler / Nica 63 / SBD

We Want You to Work with the Nicaraguan LGBTQ Community!

Coming from the United States, we sometimes convince ourselves that our country and Europe are some of the most socially progressive countries in the world, and most other countries are “religious and conservative.”

However, as I spend more and more time in Nicaragua, I have come to realize that my original suppositions were unfounded, and there are many liberal aspects of Nicaraguan society and culture.

One of these areas is LGBTQ awareness, acceptance, and rights. Continue reading “STAR Update – Feb 2016”

Why The Peace Corps Needs LGBTQ Safe Zone Trainings

As the coordinator of the Sexuality Training Awareness and Response (STAR) Peace Corps Volunteer committee in Nicaragua, I train staff and volunteers on LGBTQ issues.

Continue reading “Why The Peace Corps Needs LGBTQ Safe Zone Trainings”

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