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…

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…

Little Moments 

It’s dusk and the heat of the day is gradually slipping from the air. It’s still hot but it’s much more pleasant then a few hours before. In boredom I decide to make my way down to the hall for an afternoon workout.  1, 2, 3, 4….. I am counting out loud as my body…

Oh the people you will meet

Samoa is not the best known tourist destination in the world. In order to visit you really have to go out of your way to get to here. On rare occasions I am able to travel around the island. Relaxing and taking in the beauty of Samoa is always great, but I also enjoy meeting…

Same Place, Different Year

Quick notes: I am still running Zumba for the entire school. I was terrified to do so, but I guess I don’t mind shaking my booty for 400 kids anymore. My Aunt Carol who also served in the Peace Corps is coming for a visit soon. She will be here for a month volunteering at…

Dang, Coming Home is Strange

When a Blog Takes You Home pt. Deux It was early morning, the time of morning when your brain settles into a zombie like state. I sat uncomfortably in a chair floating high above the Pacific Ocean. My head was propped against the cold and uninviting plane window. I grew concerned in my stupor when…

When a Blog Takes You Home Pt. 1

August 18th, 2016: Dear William, (They went with my first name, typical right?) Congratulations! You have been selected as a winner of the 2016 Blog it Home contest…….. My reaction:  *Screams like little girl* What is the blog it home contest? Read here Why was I so surprised? Short story time: I sat nervously in a…

Boys United In Leadership Development

On a warm February morning I sat on the small ferry to Savai’i making small talk with a volunteer I had not previously met by the name of Billy. The conversation settled on an endeavor he wanted to take on. For the past 5 years Peace Corps Samoa has run a fantastic camp, which highlights…

Green All Around

  Quick notes: The neighbor has a new group of pigs. My friends daughter thought she saw me on tv, but it was just another bald man Ants, well I am used to them crawling all around me. Feels pretty good to vote from abroad. Egg (my dog) is getting HUGE! This week marks the…

A Reflection of a Year Spent in the Land of Endless Summer

As a young boy I remember being awe struck by the wondrous stories and journeys of my Aunt Tracy. She crossed the globe discovering new languages and experiencing foreign cultures. Once home she would always present me with a little token from her travels. The stories she provided weren’t the only in the family as…