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Randy Speaks to Peace Corps Nicaragua Group 40

On 13 January 2006, I met the 40th group of Peace Corps volunteers to arrive in Nicaragua for service. They were fresh off the plane and eager to begin the training period that launches the 27 months of their service to Nicaragua.

I was thrilled when the Peace Corps asked me to speak as part of their orientation, more so because the memories came flooding back. It was eight years ago almost to the day that I was the one who was fresh off the plane and eager but anxious to see what Nicaragua had in store for me. In hindsight, it's clear things would all turn out alright.
I gave PC-40 my list of top 10 reasons to live and work in Nicaragua, and here it is:
  1. The life, the energy, and the intensity
  2. The people
  3. The lifestyle, the adventure, the thrill of living out of a backpack
  4. Having your perspective changed
  5. Time to read, think, dream, and write
  6. Quiet starry nights
  7. Food cooked over wood fires
  8. The chance to help, to teach, and to make a difference
  9. An appreciation for when things work well
  10. Lifelong friendships with other volunteers and with Nicaraguans


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