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Diego Ramos-Meyer

Diego is passionate about music, food, and education about nutrition and cooking. He is involved in a local cooking institute, peer tutoring, refereeing recreational soccer, and playing jazz piano in various big band orchestras. He cares deeply about educating youth on the nutrition of food and how to create sustainable agriculture. His goals for the year are to learn West African Drumming, become involved and engaged in his new community, and learn how to cook authentic Senegalese food. He is inspired by his own failures and opportunities to improve himself and others around him.

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Adjustment

May 19, 2015

I‰Ûªm sure every Fellow (that wasn‰Ûªt sleeping) can remember the presentation on Culture Shock‰ã¢ that Andy, team leader from Ecuador, gave one of the final days of Pre-Departure Training. A graph of the process of immersion on the board, an upside-down parabola. The honeymoon phase of cultural awe and giddiness, the slow but relentless awkward...

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Social Stability

April 18, 2015

You can spend hours talking about the issues of Senegal with Senegalese people: the sexism, defined gender roles, discrimination against non-heterosexuals, problems with the education system, the child and spouse abuse, dominance of Islam, ignorance of current world issues, elevation of elders/males, and the absence of discussion of these difficult issues. Or you can highlight...

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Privilege

January 26, 2015

I never understood how lucky I am. My father (papi) was born in Barrio Mexico, one of the poorest neighborhoods in San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital. Raised by his mother and alcoholic father, he and his two brothers shared an outhouse with the entire block. Even after being adopted and moving to Palo Alto, California...

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We Share

December 26, 2014

On a brisk spring morning 14 years ago, my Costa Rican father and gringa (Caucasian) mother got up at 3:30 in the morning and waited in line all day to ensure my enrollment in a bilingual immersion elementary school. When I reached middle and high school, they coerced me (that may be a slight exaggeration)...

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Kurt Vonnegut is a Genius

November 24, 2014

In a collection of his infamous graduation speeches (found after the previous Fellow Eli left it in my house), there are a few things that stand out about Vonnegut’s brief, insightful, words. He chooses a different theme and moral for each speech, but they always have the same recurring stories to illustrate that theme. One...

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Senegalese Respect

November 24, 2014

I never should have made that French toast. I had missed cooking and American food so badly that I’d spontaneously decided to buy dehydrated milk, eggs, bread, and oil and managed to prepare a half-decent “dinner,” that sweet, thick, crispy dish I used to make every Sunday morning after a late night. Matar, my 26-year-old...

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Do You Know Obama?

October 13, 2014

Global Citizen Year made it very clear to the Fellows crazy enough to sign up that this experience and the places we were going to would defy all of our expectations. Before I left for this experience, my mother drove me all the way to downtown Washington, DC, waltzed into the air-conditioned souvenir shop, and...

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“When One Door Closes, Many More Open”

August 23, 2014

For months, I have been telling anyone who is willing to listen about the upcoming year.  Everyone that I know and their mothers know that I’ll be spending the following 8 months in Senegal.  I have been so excited and afraid at the prospect of being away from home and the United States for so...

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