PCV Nora Frank

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When I first saw Nora I thought she was shy. Her demeanor was very chill. That all went out the window as soon we went to a party together. Nora is me. She is very chill and mellow but feisty, super goofy and can dance like nobody’s business! I wish she was in small biz sector because I want us to be besties. I see of little of myself in her. I can’t wait to learn more about her and hang out in the future. Get to know her, Ladies aand Gents.. Nora
Volunteer Profile
Nora Frank
Health Sector
BA Global Studies with a minor in Intercultural Peace Social Justice
From: New Jersey 
Fun Fact: Nica 65 call me Black Magic and Pistola 
Why did you join the PC? What did you family think about it? 
I joined because I have a passion for helping others and I wanted to follow my passion, do something that made me happy but most importantly makes others happy, find intercultural opportunities and learn more about myself. My family is pretty used to me living out of the country. They are very supportive and have always showed me love as long as I’m happy, they’re happy. Was it something you knew you wanted to do for a while? First, it was a backburner and before coming I had a lot of doubts. I wanted to make sure that being a Peace Corps Volunteer didn’t mean pushing our capitalistic culture and way of life onto others. That is very important to me. That is not why I’m here. Throughout training, I realized it wasn’t. It’s about learning the people and working with the people and that’s exactly why I’m here. Even right up until I came, I had doubts because we didn’t really know what we were going to be doing.

Is this your first time outside of the US?
Nope. I studied Genocide Reconstruction in Kigali, Rwanda, Human Rights Foundations, Challenges and Advocacy in Nepal, Jordan and Chile in comparison with US, specifically in NY. I also worked at an international development firm in Costa Rica. 

What were your expectations of Nicaragua?
I expected Nicaragua to be like CR but it’s very different. Costa Rica is more developed and the country relies heavily on tourism. They’re also more materialistic. Here it’s a really simple life, more down to earth. Of course, not everywhere, like in the Capital, Managua. 

What are 5 Nica-isms you like?
1. Que vive el día. Soy una persona “que vive el día.” It means to live in the moment of everyday. Here they really take the time to get to know people. Spending time with people is not a waste of time. 2. The way people speak! I really like the way people speak here and the way people use emphasis when they speak. A lot of people here like to drag out their words. We don’t so that as much in English, but here its common to say “ y eeennnnntttoonces.” Speaking in Spanish sometimes is just so much more beautiful. 3. Transportation. In the states, I’m used to being on a subway. Nobody talks to each other and a lot of people are usually on their phones or reading a book. But here riding the bus is always an experience. People don’t necessarily talk to each other but there is always something to see! Like, maybe, this guy is having a weird conversation with someone on the bus, someone else is hanging from the ladder is in the back and jumping on and off the roof. You will have like 30 people squished on the bus and the guy collecting the money looks like he’s having the time of his life jumping on and off acting like he’s homies with everyone. 4. The sense of community. At first, it bothered me . everyone is so close and I felt like I was living in a fish in a bowl. There is a lot of chisme (gossip) but I found the people still really care about each other and will help you when they hear you need help. 5. Patience with outsiders. In the states if no one speaks English and are trying to order a sandwich, chances are the person taking the order is going to be rude and won’t have the patience to help. Here they want to help! Seeing us get better in Spanish gives them gratification. 

What are 5 Nica-isms you don’t like?
1. The way men perceive women. I’m not sure yet, if it’s a cultural clash and I just can’t see it from the women’s perspective here. Or if they really don’t like it but don’t say anything because they’re used to it. (After thinking for like 20 minutes). I can’t think of anything else. I love it here. I love the food. I love the people. I love the heat.

What’s has been the hardest challenge so far?
Hardest so far was last Saturday night. I was in a situation with my host sister, at a hotel, where she works. There were gringos who had hired Nicaraguan prostitutes and I was caught translating in an unsafe situation. Moving forward, knowing I’m living where there’s a lot of tourism I’m interested in figuring out how to handle situations like this without putting myself in danger. 

What famous person do you resemble?
I’ve gotten Amy Winehouse, Kim Kardashian, and Jasmine from Aladdin. But I’d rather just be Nora. What do you want to do after PC? I want to go back to school. I’m not sure what masters I want but I have some ideas. 

If you could change into an animal, what would it be and why?
A pretty spider because a spider sees everything. They’re intuitive and observant and understand what’s going on around them.They can surprise you at any moment. Also, they’re super creative and can weave complicated, beautiful, intricate webs.

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