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As I traveled around Nicaragua and spoke to more and more people involved in the Peace Corps Entrepreneurial Education program, I found out more and more about a big change that the government made in the high school entrepreneurship curriculum. … Continue reading
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Thank you to everyone who voted in my poll about the future of Incidents of Travel! Most people would like me to continue the blog in one form or another, and I am going to strive to keep Incidents of … Continue reading
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The Sandinistas first came to power battling an enemy. Then, after vanquishing the American-backed Somoza dictatorship, they almost immediately found themselves in a civil war with the American-backed Contras. From the organization’s foundation in the 60’s until 1989, they had … Continue reading
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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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If you asked me what my favorite part of service is and what I enjoy doing the most, the answer I would give you is teacher trainings. First of all, it gives me an opportunity to talk, a lot, to … Continue reading
This article is being cross-posted on my economics blog, The Economics Of … Check out the other blog if you’d like! The article was also submitted to the Peace Corps Nicaragua Gender & Development Committee for publishing on their blog, but … Continue reading
Posted in Philosophy, Third Goal
Tagged economics, economy, education, employment, equality, gender, gender equality, health, index, machismo, machisto, sex, Why Nations Fail, womens' equality, womens' rights, Work, World Economic Forum
For much of my service I’ve been involved in an effort by the Peace Corps to bring same-sex couples to serve in Nicaragua. Since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this became a legal possibility, and … Continue reading
Posted in Peace Corps, Teaching
Tagged ally, civil rights, discrimination, education, gender-bread person, Genderbread person, human rights, ignorance, LGBT, LGBTIA, LGBTQA, LGBTQAI, LGBTQQAI, safe zone, teacher training, training
Today was one of the bi-weekly tertulias held in the León Central Plaza (everyone here calls it the central park, but it resembles nothing of a park and resembles everything of a plaza, so I suppose it could be translated … Continue reading
Posted in Teaching, Work
Tagged business, candy, civic life, coconut, condiments, creativity, education, entrepreneurship, innovation, iron, margins, onion, onions, plaza, profit, profit margin, return on investment, RoI, sales, teacher, teaching, vinegar
This article was originally intended to post on September 3, but was unable to due to storage restrictions on my old site. Fíjense que… class is cancelled! This is something I’ve been hearing a lot lately. So I figured it’s time for … Continue reading