10 Cultural Experiences to Try in Samoa

When travelers and tourists alike make their way to the shores of Samoa, many are content to spend their days lackadaisically catching sun rays on the beach. Others will pack up and try to make the most of their time. They will rent a car and adventurously scour the island for the natural wonders that…

Photo Recap: October

Happy Halloween! Another month has come and gone! It is truly unbelievable I only have 44 days left in Samoa. I am so grateful for my service and all the things I am thankful for will be the topic of a soon to be post, so get ready!   This month marked the beginning of…

Photo Recap: August/September

Hey everyone! I apologize for my extended tardiness. I had a span of bad luck in the technology department. First my computer broke and then my IPhone was stolen, but hey, it’s all good. This little predicament has boded well for my neglected reading. Any who, let’s catch up! Wow! was August really two months…

Tales of the Samoan Bard

When volunteers gather a wild story or two will always pop up. Living on your own in a foreign culture creates a unique and fun setting for everyday happenings. I believe its a disservice to not share a few of my favorites. The Samoan bard has arrived and he has stories to share. Sam:  Within…

Photo Recap: July 2017

The month of July was a flurry of celebration and fun. My best friend from childhood, Patrick, came to visit at the beginning. We spent an entire week getting plunging head first into adventurous mischief. We hiked waterfalls, got tumbled by surf, and jumped from cliffs. It was unfortunate he had to leave the day…

The Mysterious Apolima

Resting between the islands of Upolu and Savai’i is a small-inhabited crater known as the island of Apolima. Within its confines lives a modest population of fewer than 200. The small village is mostly self-sustaining supplemented with visits to the main land for goods not produced on island. It operates completely on solar power and…

Photo Recap: June

I apologize for my tardiness. The first several weeks of July have been quite busy with visitors, meetings, and sickness but don’t worry I’ll cover all that in our next edition of Photo Recap. This month was not overly exciting or packed with marvelous adventures, but a few happenings my turn your heads a tad….

10 Reasons Samoa and Guyana are the Same!

* Not really, but kinda Last year, a delightful twist of fate brought two PCVs together. One of us was serving in Samoa, a tiny island in the South Pacific. The other was serving in Guyana, a small country in northern South America. Their host countries spoke different languages, were vastly different in size, and…

Very Superstitious, Writings on the Wall

On a cool Spring afternoon I remember playing with a few friends on the schoolyard. We were jumping over the large cracks weaving their way through the concrete yelling, “Step on a crack, you break your mother’s back!” Being a 7 year old with not so amazing gross motor skills it happened, I stumbled upon…

Photo recap: May 

Here we are at the end of another month. It is unbelievable how fast May flew by. Teaching has been great this term as my students have been diving into writing techniques and learning about the environment. Rugby season was also a focal point of this month as our school was competing in a regional…

I’m in Love with the Koko 

We all have a particular food or beverage, which from its very smell or taste fills us with love and comfort. This special treat has the power to remind us of days long gone. A simple bowl of tomato soup and a grill cheese sandwich feel me with all the warm and fuzzies. This is…

The King of Sport

  The sun has begun to droop low and the Pacific sky is awash with a splash of pink and purple. A quiet and tranquil field soon gives way to fits of laughter and music as boys from neighboring houses descend upon it. A rugby ball is being passed from boy to boy and then…