Privileged Mobility and America’s Second Best Idea

Our friend and fellow Nica 64 TEFL Volunteer, Conor, recently put words to a lot of our complex feelings here towards the end of our service. I’m thankful to have served and learned along side him and his wife and to have the opportunity to have Nicaragua take us all in.

The NicAdventure

By Conor Sanchez

There’s a young university student in my community named Alvaro who loves practicing English with me every chance he gets. On campus, in the park, on the street corner – wherever. As soon as he spots me, he makes a b-line in my direction to chat.

His English is decent but he sometimes says things that are awkward. I remember feeling uncomfortable our first few interactions, but as I got used to him, I realized he was merely exploring the boundaries of the language by practicing the edgier phrases he had learned in American films.

There was one day recently, however, where his thoughts carried a lot more weight than our usual banter about English grammar rules. This time we were talking mostly in Spanish, having a conversation about travel. He said he wanted to go to the United States. New York, maybe, or Chicago…whatever. He said it didn’t matter. He…

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