Category Archives: Work

What Was I Doing in Lebanon?

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USAID and the US State Department fund a number of programs around the world that are focused on financial development. The administration of these programs is farmed out to a number of organizations, both for- and not-for-profit, who in turn … Continue reading

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My Summer Internship

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After a long and arduous internship search, I wound up receiving and accepting an offer to work at a company that was near the top of my list the entire time: United Parcel Service. UPS. I was invited to work … Continue reading

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Epilogue: The Saga of Telica

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Working with the rural tourism cooperative was one of my biggest business advising project, one of the most challenging, and absolutely one of my favorites. I chronicled the whole saga when I left Nicaragua in May. I’m lucky to have … Continue reading

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The Lion Sleeps

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Although I went to Nicaragua in March 2014 and I completed my service in May 2016, the complete journey feels a bit longer than that. Just before Labor Day 2013 I was presented with a choice. I could stay with … Continue reading

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My Last Post on Value-Added Production

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I put up my previous post on Chocolate Momotombo to show a great example of a Nicaraguan company engaging in value-added production.  In October of last year I was having a conversation with another volunteer (not Peace Corps) in Nicaragua. … Continue reading

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The Saga of Telica

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One of my main business advising projects was the rural tourism cooperative at Telica Volcano. I’ve written some articles about them that I am quite fond of, so I will not rehash all of the details here. Bottom line: I love working … Continue reading

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Senioritis

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Up until Semana Santa (I link to a previous Semana Santa article only because my mom calls it my funniest blog post ever) I was feeling dual emotions about leaving Nicaragua: on one hand, I was very happy to get back to … Continue reading

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What a Bad Week Looks Like

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Wondering what a “bad week” in the Peace Corps looks like? Look no further. I had a bad week. It didn’t suck. I’m not miserable. It was just blah. Things didn’t go my way. I went into this week hoping … Continue reading

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Back to Nicaragua

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So I leave for 12 days and Nicaragua’s iconic Momotombo Volcano erupts, complete with a glowing lava flow, for the first time in 110 years! I can’t believe I missed it. By the day I was flying home the eruption … Continue reading

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Work

By coincidence, it was the day that the government shutdown of 2013 ended. October 17, 2013 was the busiest work day of my life. I had an immensely long to-do list. I deliberately woke up early at a hotel room … Continue reading

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