Monday, 03 June 2019 02:28

Nebraska feels like home

During this summer I am going to be working on a project at the Homestead National Monument of America as an intern for the Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) in collaboration with Environment for the Americas (EFTA).

After spending a weekend camping at the Californian desert with other EFTA interns, getting off an airplane at Lincoln, Nebraska, and viewing all the lush, green land, I am reminded of my hometown. Being born and raised in the west part of Puerto Rico, in a small town near the mountains, I remember going to the fields and into the woods to play with my cousins. In every single memory of my childhood, the green lands are present.

After moving away to college, I experienced one of the most significant changes in my life: relocating from the countryside to the city. I attend to the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, where I am completing a major in Journalism and Modern Languages. Of course, the changes weren’t as bad at all; I was still in my country and just two hours away from home.

When the opportunity to come to Nebraska arose, I did not think of it twice and I accepted. If changes have taught me anything, in relation to my transition to the university, it is that they make me grow. But obviously, it was going to be a whole new experience and, who isn't a bit scared or anxious about the unknown?

After getting off the airplane and taking the ride in my site, I was able to see all the open fields. At that moment, many memories came to my mind and I was transported, somehow, to my own house back with my family. As I’ve mentioned before, I was in the desert the weekend before arriving at Nebraska and everything in the desert looked very different from the island’s geography. Somehow, Nebraska looked like home.

Of course, not everything is quite the same; Nebraska is flat and has open lands and Puerto Rico is full of mountains. But the wind, the warm weather, the trees, and the green fields are similar to what you can see and feel in Puerto Rico.

The people here, also remind me of the people back at my hometown: humble and giving people, always willing to help. The sum of all these components come together to make me feel welcome and make me feel as if I am at home.

Published in EFTA intern blog
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 14:23

Veronica Barreto

Born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, I'm a Latina who carries her heritage with pride as I represent it wherever I go. Furthermore, I'm a first-generation college student at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, where I’m majoring with a double concentration in Journalism and Modern Languages. During my free time, I enjoy reading about cultures, history and politics, a practice that has brought me closer to a better understanding of where I come from. My passion is traveling and discovering unknown things, and then being able to write about them. Another of my most beloved actives is practicing Portuguese and French to improve my knowledge of these languages in order to break cultural barriers. As an intern at Homestead National Monument of America, in Nebraska, I’ll work to have an active role in the preservation and knowledge of the Latin American culture at the park.


Published in Intern Bios
Monday, 03 December 2018 21:20

Lissete Ocampo

Lissete Ocampo completed her anthropology degree from Whittier College in 2015. She hopes to work in the archives field with either a museum or historical society, and is currently working on a graduate degree in library and information science at San Jose State University.

Published in Intern Bios
Monday, 03 December 2018 20:13

Paola Perez

I am a first generation college graduate with a major in English and a minor in Chicano Latino Studies. During my amazing opportunity at Homestead National Monument, I will be recording and conducting oral histories of the residents. I honestly never thought that I would do something like this in my life!

Published in Intern Bios
Monday, 18 June 2018 00:01

From Big City to Small Town

Hola a todos!

After some technical issues, I was finally able to access my account and am now able to introduce myself. My name is Elizabeth Garcia, but you can call me Liz. This summer I will be interning at the Homestead National Monument of America, located in the small town of Beatrice (bee-AT-riss), Nebraska, just south of Lincoln.

Published in Blog
Monday, 25 June 2018 23:59

About Homestead

Hola de nuevo! I have been an intern at the Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska for about two weeks now. Now that I have been here a while and have gotten the hang of things (though I’m still learning), I thought it would be a good time to talk about the park. Specifically, why it was created, what it represents, and my duties as a Latino Heritage Intern.

Published in Blog
Thursday, 28 June 2018 23:57

Missing Home, and LHIP Duties at Homestead

Hello once again! It has been three weeks since I arrived at Homestead, and though it was a bit difficult at first I now feel more comfortable and confident in my new surroundings.

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Monday, 02 July 2018 23:54

Homestead Days

Hello again! I hope everyone is having as much of a great time at their parks as I am at Homestead. This past weekend saw Homestead’s biggest event of the summer, Homestead Days. From Friday to Sunday, the park hosted a series of events aimed at bringing the experience of homesteading to the 21st century.

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One thing I’ve learned about Nebraska in the month that I’ve been here is that Nebraskans really like the Fourth of July. As an intern at Homestead, I’ve been granted the opportunity to observe this up close. The festivities are not limited to the Fourth, but rather begin in advance of Independence Day.

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Saludos a todos una vez más. I hope this post finds everyone in good health and enjoying their time at their respective parks. I can’t believe how fast summer has gone by, and how we will soon be gathering in Colorado for the workshop. I’ve had such a wonderful time interning at Homestead that it honestly feels like I’ve been here a lot longer.

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