Tag Archives: Beauty

#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.

 

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Miraflor VAC Meeting

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Twice a year, Peace Corps has VAC (Volunteer Advisory Counsel) meetings.  They used to be the way information got to volunteers, before cell phones and internet reached even the most rural of areas.  Now, they’re a great reason to get the volunteers of a region together to get in-person updates and just spend some needed time together.  For our VAC meeting last weekend, the Estelí volunteers went up in the mountains of the Miraflor reserve, enjoyed the cool air, rain, and the company of good friends.  Can you spot the never-cold Norwegian?  [photo cred to David Schmidt / Khalan Boyer]

#Community – Photo Challenge

July’s Photo Challenge from Blogging Abroad is all about community. May these photos give you a glimpse into the amazing and varied communities with which we work and interact.


#CutulreShock VideoCrawled out of bed almost two hours after crawling in to record this gem at 10:45pm on a week night. It’s sure hard to sleep when a band plays for an hour right outside your open-air house, but it’s moments like this that remind me that it’s important to know how others live, what makes them tick, and what matters to their hearts. That’s ultimately why I’m a #peacecorpsvolunteer. When we don’t understand, may we respond with curiosity and questions instead of fear and frustration. May we listen, may we engage, may we learn. #peacecorpsnicaragua #peacecorps #cultureshock #community #bloggingabroad #BAphotochallenge #howiseepc


Blogging Abroad Photo Challenge:
#Community in Your Host Country

Blogging Abroad photo challenge

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Nica 64 COS Conference

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It’s hard to believe that our Close of Service Conference is here! While Andrew and I are extending until next March, our TEFL64 compañer@s are getting ready to head their separate ways. This community has been through a lot together. I’m thankful for our collective treasure trove of stories and that each of them will forever understand why this beautiful land of lakes and volcanoes is so dear to our hearts.  As some of our group begins to leave this week, we’re thankful that we still have 7 months to work towards our goals and spend time with the people who have become part of our family.

#Home in Your Host Country – Photo Challenge

June’s Photo Challenge from Blogging Abroad is all about what makes a home away from home.  May these photos give you a glimpse into how and why Nicaragua is now one of our homes and a part of our hearts.


 


Blogging Abroad Photo Challenge:
#Home in Your Host Country

Blogging Abroad photo challenge

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In Joy and Pain

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This week was difficult for us and the teachers of Estelí; a beloved and hardworking district employee, and dear friend of ours, suddenly passed away.  Between attending the wake and funeral services, we were exhausted and knew the teachers were, too, so in efforts to be culturally sensitive, we canceled our Wednesday conversation group.

Almost immediately after sending the cancellation text, our phones rang off the hook!  One of my counterparts, Regina, got in touch with me and said, “You can’t cancel tonight!  We have a late-birthday surprise planned for Andrew.  We don’t care if we don’t formally have class, but you still have to come.”  So we resent the message, saying we’d have an informal class, for anyone who just wanted to come and be together.

Regina had cooked an entire, delicious Nicaraguan meal in honor of Andrew.  As she says, “he loves all the foods!”  Even in the midst of pain and loss, perhaps especially during these times, our friends have shown incredible care, affection, and love for us.  I hope we can learn from and carry their example with us for years to come.

#People in Your Host Country – Photo Challenge

If you follow us on any of our social media platforms (our Facebook page, Instagram, etc.) you’ve probably seen how much fun we’ve had with Blogging Abroad‘s May Photo Challenge.  We joined the challenge in efforts to take more pictures and to work towards Peace Corps 3rd goal: sharing a bit of Nicaraguan culture with you.  It was our first photo challenge with Blogging Abroad, and we look forward to more inspiring prompts in the coming months.

May these photos give you a glimpse into the lives of the incredible people we get to share with every day.


 


Blogging Abroad Photo Challenge:
#People in Your Host Country

Blogging Abroad photo challenge

Digital ambassadors promoting cross-cultural exchange.