The 7 degrees of Samoa

A few days ago in class we were discussing as volunteers for the Peace Corps we need to be careful about what we say. We are able to vent openly in America, but as non-citizens of Samoa it is a tad bit different. You cannot just blow off steam to anyone, as it can easily…

Random thoughts and accounts

Rinse Shower vs. Real Shower: On a normal day I typically shower in the morning, unless I have played rugby or gone to the beach, which warrants a cleaning. Morning showers are a perfect time to think about the day that lies before me. Furthermore, these showers do a decent job waking me up, as…

let’s sing a song

Quick notes: Dogs sometimes pack hunt for food Having a mirror is quite the luxury All big events (weddings, funerals, graduations) center on gift giving from families. Gifts usually consist of: corn beaf, sardines, oil, and loads of money. Schools range from 70-700 kids Corporal punishment is common in schools and families Baby formula doesn’t…

I’m wearing what?

Quick notes: Teaching is much more enjoyable in Samoa as the kids crave to learn. Being partially cut off from the world isn’t so bad. I still can’t get over how amazing the night sky is Pets aren’t typical here, just guard dogs Not being able to play rugby is awful You may get escorted…

Rumors of Girlfriends

Two days ago I was enlightened about a rumor that was floating around the village from family to family. Another Pisikoa, Jenn, spilled the beans when she said her family asked her about me. Without my knowledge I happened to be in a relationship with my friend Sarah. She also happens to be another Pisikoa…