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Teacher. Seeker. Dreamer. Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Good Vibes

Bell ringing

We may be all spread out now as the PCVs in our group have now all returned to the US, but we’re still sending good vibes your way.  #TEFL64 #ourextentionbellringingwillbeherebeforeweknowit

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Happy Tears

NESTS and NNESTS

I had the pleasure of giving a charla (workshop) a few weeks ago with one of my counterparts to the new group of Peace Corps Trainees and their new counterparts they’d just met. The charla was about how we can work together as Native English Speaking Teachers (NESTS) and Non-Native English Speaking Teachers (NNESTS) to both be better teachers.  Peace Corps LOVES acronyms…can you tell?  haha!

At one point during the session, Ana Cecilia and I were to share our prepared remarks about what we’ve learned from each other these past two years and how working together has made us better teachers.  We practiced and had it all planned out…..until we both broke down crying trying to share in front of close to 60 people.  It was embarrassing.  It was heart-warming.

I’m not ready to say goodbye yet…and that hit me hard in the middle of this session.  I feel so lucky to have had the chance to get to work with amazing teachers like Ana Cecilia, and feel beyond honored to have her say that I have forever changed her teaching and her life for the better.

#MyTown – Photo Challenge

September’s Photo Challenge from Blogging Abroad helped us focus in our our town – Estelí, Estelí.  While our other photos are from all around Nicaragua, this challenge was completed just with pictures from our site. May these photos give you a glimpse into the beauty, complexity, and wonder that is Estelí.


 


Blogging Abroad Photo Challenge:
#MyTown

Blogging Abroad photo challenge

Digital ambassadors promoting cross-cultural exchange.

 

International Languages: Music and Laughter 

Hanging out with Los Vásquez is always a good time, but for Doña Edita’s birthday we decided to take it up a notch and gift them all nose flutes. If we’re honest, there may have been more laughter than music going on, but we wouldn’t have changed it for the world. 

Soggy Smiles for Fiestas Patrias

We might have been drenched after standing in the rain while we waited for the fiestas patrias parades to start, but we loved getting to be with teacher friends, share in the soggy silliness with our students, and to represent our school with gringo pinolero pride. 

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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