Peace Corps
Aspirations

Aspirations

For Part 2 of the MST essay series, we are going to take a look at one of the touch­i­er-fee­l­i­er activ­i­ties we did on the last day of Mid-Ser­vice Train­ing. This activ­i­ty was reread­ing our orig­i­nal Aspi­ra­tion State­ments from the Peace Corps Appli­ca­tion. I feel that it deserves cap­i­tal­iza­tion and the be rec­og­nized as a def­i­nite thing. I rec­og­nize that...
After the Big Check... the Weighty Certificate

After the Big Check… the Weighty Certificate

I like com­ing up with wit­ty titles too much to not in this case, but actu­al­ly it was quite an hon­or to attend and receive a plaque in recog­ni­tion of the work we hav­ing been doing with the solar ovens dur­ing the solar oven fes­ti­val today. The real shame was that Sarah couldn’t be there to...
Sun Stripes = More Cake

Sun Stripes = More Cake

I gen­er­al­ly find it bet­ter when peo­ple cor­rect my Span­ish mis­takes, but I under­stand why some­one would choose to let a repeat­ed mis­take pass. I have done the same in Eng­lish many, many times because I under­stood what the per­son was say­ing and for a host of oth­er rea­sons. So these days, I try to just ask when I’m not sure...
The problem when it's not your camera...

The problem when it’s not your camera…

… is that you don’t have any of the pic­tures to work with after the trip is over. Instead, I’m at the whim of my guy to choose and send me some. Still, what is worse is arriv­ing home at 11:30pm to an apart­ment where the pow­er has been cut because the pow­er bill did...
A bit ragged

A bit ragged

This is a bit how I feel today, and not in the sense that I need a hair­cut. Jan­u­ary was a roller-coast­er, or at least a street-car­ni­val shoot­ing game. And if that didn’t look bad enough, there’s always the back. But don’t wor­ry, there are plen­ty more cat pic­tures to come. Also, at some point I will also try to write some­thing...
Fundraising for Child and Youth Scholarships at Niños y Niñas de México, A.C.

Fundraising for Child and Youth Scholarships at Niños y Niñas de México, A.C.

UPDATE: As of March 28, 2012, the grant is ful­ly fund­ed! Thank you to every­one who donat­ed. If you still want to help in some way or learn more about this infor­ma­tion, please con­tact me. Michae­lene and I final­ly have our Peace Corps Part­ner­ship grant approved and ready for dona­tions at: (linked removed) From our project...
Do you have 5 minutes to help us win $50k?

Do you have 5 minutes to help us win $50k?

I’m work­ing with a great team of for­mer Peace Corps Vol­un­teers and MIT stu­dents on a new non-prof­it. We were select­ed as semi-final­ists in a com­pe­ti­tion to win up to 0,000, which would get us off the ground. Mak­ing it from the top 20 to the top five requires social mar­ket­ing, because the com­pe­ti­tion is host­ed by Face­book,...
Coming Soon...

Coming Soon…

…irre­sistibly cute chil­dren for whom I have a grant appli­ca­tion pend­ing. My friend Micha and I are going to be rais­ing mon­ey for school schol­ar­ships through a Peace Corps Part­ner­ship grant. These kids from mar­gin­al­ized, indige­nous fam­i­lies receive schol­ar­ships to attend school through the civ­il asso­ci­a­tion Niños y Niñas de Méx­i­co, A.C. These kids would not oth­er­wise have the oppor­tu­ni­ty...
Ingenuity inspiration

Ingenuity inspiration

I looked up the def­i­n­i­tion of inge­nu­ity to make sure I was think­ing about it prop­er­ly. in·ge·nu·i·ty (n): the qual­i­ty of being clever, orig­i­nal, and inven­tive. (from googling “def­i­n­i­tion inge­nu­ity”) Turns out I knew the def­i­n­i­tion. Know­ing the def­i­n­i­tion doesn’t change why I was think­ing about it. I can believe that some­times I am each of the qual­i­ties, but not...
(tee hee) I found some sustainable development at the office.

(tee hee) I found some sustainable development at the office.

I’ve been mean­ing to take my new, big zoom lens to work for a while to cap­ture the amaz­ing insect world out there. Final­ly I remem­bered this week, and then the prob­lem was that I had a lot of work to do. I kept try­ing to leave the office a bit ear­ly in the evening to have some time to crawl...
The questions not asked - an essay on service (#1)

The questions not asked — an essay on service (#1)

I browse a lot of oth­er blogs by Peace Corps vol­un­teers and appli­cants. What has struck me recent­ly is the mis­di­rec­tion of the rhetoric sur­round­ing the ques­tions to con­sid­er when apply­ing or as you are apply­ing. I’m writ­ing this over a peri­od of time to ensure that this is not just a long series of com­plaints, but these are...
The bee's knees

The bee’s knees

Api­cul­ture has been a dream hob­by of mine now for many years. I’m just fas­ci­nat­ed by it. As far as dream hob­bies go, I always felt that this one was rather real­is­tic. How­ev­er, still a lit­tle tricky to get into — not the type of thing I want­ed to just read about and then buy my way into like origa­mi...