unexpected lessons in American Samoa

As of today, I’ve taught almost 29 weeks of school in American Samoa. With only seven weeks left on my plate, I can confidently say […] Read More

how to wisely volunteer abroad

A white, privileged young person decides to take their privileged position and transplant it into a developing community. Maybe a far-fetched notion, but it’s becoming […] Read More

REAL tips for a mentally ill teacher

Health education has greatly improved since my time in school. Rather than just focusing on the human anatomy and nutrition, we’re beginning to expose students […] Read More

a mid-service recap: WorldTeach American Samoa

While I cannot begin to encompass my service into a neat package, I want to share some highlights for my mid-service in American Samoa as a WorldTeacher. And no, it’s definitely not all picturesque ocean views and beach days.

I’m NOT an amazing teacher, and that’s okay: giving yourself credit

Even when you aren’t consciously thinking of that dreaded “comparison trap,” it still seems to creep up into any moment you should be giving yourself credit. I’ve […] Read More

your self-worth in numbers: why YOU matter.

The ingrained fixation on numbers is a hard pill to swallow. On a daily basis, I’m not as number-hungry (pun intended) as I used to […] Read More

pulling the plug: complete disconnection on an under-developed island

There’s something to be said about complete disconnection. Disconnection not of your choosing, that happens spontaneously. Imagine all the means to contact anyone you love […] Read More

realities and challenges teaching abroad

Life gets busy, especially if you’re international teaching volunteer. Admittedly, I’ve not taught any classroom before, so the prep work involved came out of the […] Read More