My Great American Adventure Begins

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I’ve been blessed to travel the world and no matter where I’ve ended up, I’ve always felt like an unofficial ambassador for my homeland. This was never more true than during my Peace Corps service in Paraguay. And while I have long dreamt of living abroad for more than a couple of years, my time in the Peace Corps inspired me to return to the US and dedicate the passion and energy I have long given to global causes, to making a difference here at home. It seems fitting that I should begin this new adventure during the week of our great American independence when people across our nation come together and demonstrate their patriotism with flags, fireworks, and inspiring camaraderie. The timing is even more symbolic to me given that this is my first 4th of July in the US in 4 years.

So this week I settled into my new place in Western Massachusetts and started working as a full time organizer for the Represent.Us campaign. Represent.Us is a national, nonpartisan campaign to pass anti-corruption laws in cities and states across the country in order to make sure our lawmakers are actually representing “we the people” and not just the biggest donors to their campaigns. Continue reading

Saying Goodbye to B Lab

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A (B)rownie Fruit Pizza I made to celebrate my last day with B Lab

4 months ago I walked into B Lab, the home of the nonprofit that certifies B Corporations, a stranger with resume in hand. I had come to know of the B Corp certification through my involvement with the Fair Trade movement in college but it was through my daily post-Peace Corps job search that I came to learn their HQ happened to be in my new hometown, Wayne, PA.

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My South American Adventure Part 2 (Chile)

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After saying goodbye to Argentina and surviving the adrenaline inducing crisscross of a bus ride over the Andes Mountains, I finally arrived in Chile’s capital city Santiago.

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My South American Adventure Part 1 (Argentina)

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I’m not one for excuses so, I know it’s been a while, but here’s the first installment of my “South American Adventure” blog recaps. After saying goodbye to Paraguay, the landlocked gem I called home for 2 years, I set off on the adventure of a lifetime. First stop on my journey was Argentina. I only had a few days to get from Asuncion, Paraguay to Santiago, Chile, where I was to meet my brother, so I chose to save Argentina’s world famous capitol for another trip and instead take the “shortcut” through Corboda and Mendoza. Continue reading

14 Hashtags in #Guaraní

It’s 2014 and it’s my first year in the States after living in Paraguay and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years. Paraguay is a landlocked country of over 6 million people in the heart of South America. There are many things that set Paraguay apart from its neighbors but none more so than the reverence for Guaraní, the indigenous language of the Guaraní Indians, still spoken by 90% of Paraguayans. In fact, Facebook just launched in Guaraní two months ago. 

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, learning at least a few words and phrases in Guaraní is a must. In honor of National Peace Corps Week and to  help fulfill the Third Goal of the Peace Corps “to strengthen Americans’ understanding about the world and its people,” I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite words and phrases in Guaraní. I also just recently learned that last year #hashtags and GIFs were a big deal, so I thought this format would be the most appropriate for a 21st Century cultural exchange. 

#Oiko means “it works” or “it’ll do.” If you want to add more emphasis you can say Oikoite which translates to “that really works very well.” You can also use this phrase when talking about food that tastes really good. So forget the #numnum and use this new #hashtag for all your food pics on Instagram.

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