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Matt O’Driscoll was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua (2002-2004) and lived in a rural fishing village called Potosi, where he worked in elementary schools teaching on environmental themes for about the first half of his service; later he worked more with a local NGO on the management of a nearby protected area, the Cosiguina volcano. He focused mostly on outdoor activities/projects with students, doing things like worm boxes (humus production), home gardens, tree plantings, nurseries etc. His main project was the construction of a local swimming pool. He has completed a masters degree in natural resources (MNR), restoration ecology option where he developed an invasive plant management program at a nearby historical site.