After that, she plans to turn what she has done for the past year into a career.

Dobson said she intends to get a job inWashington, D.C., with an international development agency, preferably in the field of women's empowerment.

After she gains a few years of experience, she will apply to graduate programs where she will study international development, she said.

Dobson plans to stay on the board of directors and assist with marketing for The Peace Project once she leaves Nicaragua, she said.


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But those things are all years into the future.

Dobson is focused on more immediate concerns for the coming year.

The Peace Project is waiting to hear if it will receive a $24,000 grant from Rotary International.

"It has everything on our wish list," she said.

The grant would allow them to provide a living stipend for the next director, whom they've already hired, and bicycles and computers for the students, Sarah Dobson said.

"Until the grant goes through, I'm not sure I'm satisfied with everything," she said. "I want to make sure the next person's set up and ready to go."

Over Thanksgiving week, Linda Dobson and her 25-year-old daughter, Jennifer, will see firsthand the work of The Peace Project.

Sarah Dobson's younger brother, Michael, 19, will stay home so he doesn't fall behind his studies at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Linda Dobson said.

They plan to visit for the week to volunteer and ease the sting of homesickness that accompanies the holidays.

Donations to The Peace Project can be made through its website, http://www.thepeaceprojectnicaragua.org.