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Happy Tears


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.


The Sun has Risen on Easter Morning

easter morning

From fireworks starting at 3:30 am and processions at 5 as the sun is peeking over the mountains, to Easter sunday services and that big egg-laying bunny: however you celebrate today, may it be filled with joy, hope, love, and peace.

Support Camp CHACA 2016

For years, gender inequality has been addressed from the perspective that it is a women’s issue. Peace Corps Nicaragua’s GAD Committee hosts‪ Camp GLOW to empower young women to confront the specific issues and challenges facing them as women in a culture of machismo.  But this only addresses one side of the coin, one aspect of the greater issue.

It’s time to flip the coin.

In order to combat the cycle of gender inequality, both women and men must learn about harmful gender roles and how to address them.  Young Nicaraguan men will be given the opportunity to do just that through Camp CHACA, which stands for “CHavalos A CAbelleros,” and refers to the transformation of boys into gentlemen.  The camp will have focused sessions and activities encouraging participants to challenge their current understanding of gender roles and to be positive role-models in their respective communities. The aim of the camp is to help reduce the incidence of gender inequality-related issues such as domestic violence, machismo (which roughly translates to male chauvinism), and disrespect for women, replacing those attitudes with positive means of expression promoting respect for equality among genders. 

Following the success of last year’s very first Camp CHACA, we will again be inviting 60 young men ages 15-120 from across Nicaragua to participate in this 5-day camp in the northern mountains of Nicaragua in July.   

To make this camp a reality, we need your support. The Nicaraguan communities are contributing over 25% of the funds, but the rest comes from outside donations.  One hundred percent of your tax-deductible contribution to this worthy cause will go directly toward our Peace Corps Partnership Program project.

You can donate online through the Peace Corps website hereor you can send a check to the Peace Corps Office of Gifts and Grants Management with this form. You may also call the office at 202-692-2170 or toll free at 855.855.1961, ext. 2170 to contribute by phone. Please see the FAQ Webpage for more helpful information, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the forms, the project in general, or otherwise.  

Even if you cannot contribute monetarily, please help us spread the word. Share our donation link (tinyurl.com/chaca2016) and/or our blog link (tinyurl.com/supportCHACA) to as many contacts as you can.  Every dollar counts.

You can help young Nicaraguan men learn to share power, give respect, and responsibly live in support and collaboration with the women in their lives. Be a part of building a more gender equitable world.

Gender and Development Committee Work

One of Emily’s secondary projects is working with the Peace Corps Nicaragua Gender and Development (GAD) Committee.


The committee promotes sustainable gender equality, both for Nicaraguans and Peace Corps Volunteers by providing camps, technical trainings, and resources.  Emily is super excited to be working with such a group of passionate, dedicated individuals. While we may feature some of their work and projects from time to time here on our MayWeSuggest Blog, to stay most up to date with their work with Gender and Development:

We look forward to following their journey until they reach their vision: “Power, respect, and opportunity are no longer gendered.”

September Guidepost

Guidepost to Wholehearted Living – September 2015
Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control.”

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
Molding Memories in Nicaragua
+ #BaldisBeautiful: Why I’ve Decided to Shave my Head

We invite you to join the conversation:
+ Do you find it difficult to sing, dance, and/or laugh?
+ How can we let go of control?  

Team Nicaragua: Hair Shaving and Donating

This December, Andrew and I will have a lot less hair on our heads.

I’ve donated my hair twice before.  I tend to like long hair, and used to be rather attached to it.  My junior year of college, I decided I wanted to know I could feel pretty without my hair.  I cut it all off and loved it!  This time though, it’s a little different.
Continue reading Team Nicaragua: Hair Shaving and Donating

August Guidepost

Guidepost to Wholehearted Living – August 2015
Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and “Supposed To”

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
+ Why Peace Corps Blogging is Meaningful Work
+ Meaningful Work One STEP at a Time

We invite you to join the conversation:
+ Where do you doubt or “should” on yourself?
+ What is meaningful work to you?