Slow Moving Art

Announcements: I would first like to say thank you to the my friends, family, strangers, and the Peace Corps for recognizing my blog. It is truly an honor to be selected as a winner of the Blog It Home contest. I am proud to be able to represent Peace Corps Samoa in Washington D.C. come…

Heads Up New Volunteers!

When I accepted my invitation and finally finished the medical clearance process the next headache was “what the hell do I take?” and “Am I crazy?” The extent of my knowledge about the South Pacific was minimal. Sure, I had watched Survivor and the Discovery channel but these don’t prepare your for everyday. Heck, I…

Living Abroad

“You come from country of cowboys. You ride horse whenever you want, “ said the host father of a volunteer on our first week living in the training village. For those who have lived abroad stereotypes and pop culture are a daily part of life. As an American I am constantly being compared what is…

The Fa’afafine culture

Anytime the title begins with Samoan word or term I am sure many of you are very confused. Allow me to enlighten you. Across the South Pacific there is a culturally accepted 3rd gender. The term for this gender in Samoa is fa’afafine. When broken down the word comes out as such: fa’a = in…