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Esther Katcoff

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The Children They Left Behind

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 4:11 PM

The day that some important people came to visit my community center, nine-year-old Ricardo buried his face into my stomach.

Now, this was not typical Ricardo behavior. During my experience in the Peace Corps Paraguay, Ricardo and his twelve-year-old brother Manuel have run on the roof of our community...

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Listen to Your Husband; He Knows Better Than You

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 8:25 PM

"My husband doesn't like it." Sunilda, a Paraguayan woman my age, stood in front of me explaining why she'd stopped coming to my weekly Peace Corps computer class. "He thinks I leave the house too much. Demasiado celoso es."

Celoso. I had to actively try not to roll my eyes....

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Peace Corps Guilt

(89) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 3:06 PM

Someone is drowning in a lake and you are watching. She is sinking lower and lower, her head tossed back so that she can just barely manage a gulp of air. You can save her. Most people would argue that ethically you must save her. In his 1971 essay

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