Tag Archives: Beginnings

Hosting Practicum Week for TEFL68

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Hosting 12 of the amazing TFL trainees here in Esteli this past week has been a true highlight of our service. We feel so inspired by their enthusiasm and positivity, their professionalism and go-getter attitudes, and their willingness to learn about Nicaraguan culture and people we hold so dear. Best of luck on your last few weeks of training, Nica68!

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#Food in Your Host Country – Photo Challenge

I may have had to mad dash to finish Blogging Abroad‘s August Photo Challenge on time, but I made it!  We participate in the monthly challenge in efforts to take more pictures and to work towards Peace Corps 3rd goal: sharing a bit of Nicaraguan culture with you.

May these photos make you hungry and help you realize that even if we eat differently, we eat well.



Blogging Abroad Photo Challenge:
#Food in Your Host Country

Blogging Abroad photo challenge

Digital ambassadors promoting cross-cultural exchange.

 

#SeeYouIn2…3

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It’s crazy to think that in this throwback from two years ago, we were in Washington DC for staging, right at the start of our Peace Corps adventure.  To the chagrin of friends and family back home, it probably should have said #SeeYouIn3.

#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

Digital ambassadors promoting cross-cultural exchange.

 

#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.

 

Starting Strong with STEP and School

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Andrew held down the fort in Nica to keep our work going while I took an unexpected and short trip back to the US.  When I landed back in Nicaragua, I hit the ground running: this 2nd week of February brought the start of a new school year!  It was wonderful to see teachers, students, and counterparts after our wonderful family visits (Em’s dad/step-mom & Andrew’s mom/dad), directing two summer camps (ACCESS and GLOW), Mid-service Training, and general break shenanigans.

In addition to the start of teaching English with our Counterparts in the public high schools, we are thrilled to say that we officially started the STEP program here in Estelí!  We have over 50 Nicaragua English teachers who are able to take advantage of the weekly intensive English classes that will be taught over a 2 1/2 year period by Peace Corps Volunteers from all over Nicaragua.  We’re excited to gain experience in administration through our roles as coordinators with the program and are dedicating almost every Saturday to STEP for the rest of our service.

Starting this year off strong with STEP and school? Check.  Feeling like successful volunteers?  Double check.

We’re [almost] all together again, We’re here, We’re here!

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Where were you when the clock struck midnight as we transitioned from 2015 to 2016?  We had just finished a wonderful vacation with Dad and Michele and our 12 Days celebrations and were at the airport awaiting the arrival of the Nilsens.  Due to fuel leaks and engine malfunctions, Andrew’s parents arrived a little later than we’d planned, and we yelled “Happy New Year!” to each other through the glass at the airport baggage claim.  It’ll definitely be one to remember!