Girls’ Lives Matter

Another volunteer told me a story once about a student in her town who won one of Peru’s national scholarships called BECA 18. This particular scholarship is every college-goers dream but is only available to people living  in extreme poverty. It pays not only for full tuition but also room and board, books, and a…

All The Noise, Noise, Noise, Noise

Watch this video: … Yeah, that’s basically how I feel here in Peru  every single day – WOMP. I’m a person who hates noise and loves silence so if there is one thing I probably won’t miss about my town, its the noise. I mentioned before that on my 24 Hours Bus Ride post that noise…

Tomando: Refresco de Cebada

  The word tomando in Spanish literally translates to “taking.” However, here in Peru we use this word for “drinking.”  You “take” juices, coffee, sodas, alcoholic beverages, etc. – and I must say that one of my favorite things about Peru are the drinks.  Since sharing is caring, I wanted to do a series on culturally…

The 24 Hour Bus Ride

The trip to  Lima from my site in Northern Peru has become such an large part of my service. And I always think to myself, “I wonder how much of my service is spent in a bus,” because the trip is about a 24 hour journey and 20 of those hours is one loooong bus…

Invasion of the Turkish Telenovelas

In Latin American television, the telenovela rules all. These drama and romance packed series dominate the tv and you can catch everyone from little kids to old señoras glued to the screen to get their fix of their favorite stories. And although I’m not too fond of the novela (I find the overblown drama and…

Thanks for Choosing Me – I’m Headed to D.C.

I love writing this blog and sharing fun anecdotes and Peruvian culture with you dear readers. It really has been one of the most fulfilling parts of my service thus far. To be honest, I think the main reason why I joined Peace Corps is because ever since I was little I have always been…

My Narrative as an Afro-Latina Peace Corps Volunteer

Originally posted on Travel Latina:
After only being back in the States for a few weeks, I was planning on writing something nostalgic to express what my Peace Corps service has done for me and what it symbolizes in my life because it has truly been a life-changing, and eye-opening experience that I will never…

Vote For Me and Send Me to D.C.

¡Ya está la hora para votar! As I said a couple posts ago, my blog was chosen at the end of July to compete as a finalist in Peace Corps annual Blog It Home Contest which highlights volunteers that use their blogs to share the culture of their host country with people back home in the…

The Best Worst Trip Ever (Laguna De Las Momias)

Brittany White doesn’t hike, she doesn’t camp, and she certainly don’t ride no horses. So when I got invited on a camping trip that involved a 8 hours horse back ride and 2 hour high altitude hike to camp out in the middle of nowhere to see a cool lake and pre-Incan ruins, I let…

Blog It Home Contest 2016

I’ve stated a bunch of times on this blog that Peace Corps has three goals: To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained Volunteers To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the…

Lyrics de Libertad (Feliz 28)

Well I don’t know about ya’ll but the speeches made by my POTUS and FLOTUS at the DNC has me feeling all the feels for my sweet homeland America right now – just makes me want to walk around in a Lady Liberty print outfit complete with American flag print underwear, no joke. Anywho, all these…

Throwback Thursday: Santa Catalina Monastery and It’s Naughty Nuns

For those who know me, its no secret that I love history. As a PCV, I’ve hit the jackpot with a placement in Peru. There’s so many different cultural heritages to learn about and so many great archaeological sites to visit that would make any history buff want to cry. Not to mention, there is so much more…