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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

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Back in the Day: Reflections

John / Nica 65 / Health

Back in the day, in the 1950s, when I was in elementary school and then junior high school, there were many ways in which the United States then was similar to Nicaragua today.

Here is a list that Deb and I compiled in no particular order of importance:

  • Kids played outside without adults organizing them or even paying them much attention.
  • No one wore seat belts and if you had a pick-up it was standard practice to pack the back full of as many friends as would fit.
  • People freely littered, casually tossing trash out of car windows.

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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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