Born in New Orleans and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Erin graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Geography in 2010. After living in Honduras for 3 years, Erin returned to Pennsylvania to receive her Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh. When she's not visiting volunteers in Honduras, she can be found working out of her home office in Brooklyn.
Great first question. Living in Honduras for 3 years gave me the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the country and region (the latter mostly for visa-renewal purposes). I have been fortunate enough to visit all but 1 of Honduras’ 18 departments (some day I’ll get to you, Ocotepeque!) My favorite travel memory would have to be the epic Semana Santa (Holy Week) adventure during my time as a volunteer with Bilingual Education for Central America. Three fellow volunteers and I trekked all the way East to La Mosquitia, a gorgeous largely untouched part of the country. In fact, it hardly felt like being in Honduras at all.
At a certain point, the roads end and you have to drive on the beach until that’s no longer an option. From there on, it’s just rivers that take you where you need to go. On the way back, we visited the family of some of our students in Iriona, where we ate like kings and learned some Garifuna. We even finished off the trip with a couple nights in the party town of Trujillo. All in all, we did a little bit of everything and got the chance to visit places I’ll likely never see again.
There were so many first on that trip: first time I drove on the beach, first time I heard Pech and Miskito (two indigenous languages spoken in the region); first time I slept under a mosquito net; first time I traveled in a handmade pipante (or canoe); first time I made cassava (well, attempted to make cassava); and, while it wasn’t the first time I stayed up for 24 hours, those are always really epic days and this one was no different.