#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.


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#People in Your Host Country

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Meysel: Entry 1

This is a guest post by Meysel in our Counterpart Diaries Series:

April 25, 2016

I’m Meysel Aracely Zamora Chevez.

I’m 25 years old.  I have a beautiful baby boy.  I’m a teacher at Guillermo Cano High School.
Continue reading Meysel: Entry 1

Heels for Days Years

High heels

“How many years have you been teaching?”


“Wow! And how many of those days have you worn high-heels?”

“It’s better to ask me how many days I HAVEN’T worn heels. Just one day and I hated it!  It hurt my legs to walk without them.”

Things I Never Knew about School

Other than my bed, the classroom is the place where I’ve spent the single most amount of time over the course of my entire life.  After 19 years in formal education in the United States, I thought I knew a thing or two about school.  One of the wonderful opportunities we have as Peace Corps volunteers is to appreciate the different approaches societies take to things as central as education.  Sin más preambulos, here is a list of things I never knew about school with my new Nicaraguan context: Continue reading Things I Never Knew about School

Dry as a Bone


As we (hopefully) near the end of the hot and dry season, Nicaragua is in some desperate need of rain.  While there’s a kind of beauty in the dry, high-desert look, rain is essential for the crops and the local economy.  So say a quick prayer or shimmy a rain dance – we need all the help we can get.

Dicho for the Impossible

In case flying pigs don’t seem unlikely enough for your tastes, you can now add this bad-boy to your repertoire:

Cuando las loras escupan. – When parrots spit.

Turns out that these sorts of hyperbolic expressions of impossibility are an incredibly universal phenomenon across cultures and languages.  They even have a fancy Greek name: adynata.  Click here to enjoy a list of adynata in 20 different language!

Musings from Nica | A Couple's Journey in the Peace Corps


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