teaching abroad in american samoa

teaching abroad in American Samoa: a year in review

After what felt like both a millisecond and a century, I have officially finished my year teaching abroad in American Samoa. I’m back in the […] Read More

rude awakening: my first time as a minority

My first time as a minority wasn’t until the ripe age of 22. Up until then, I’ve lived in the rural Midwest. People still think […] Read More

meet the teacher who stopped talking

The teacher who stopped talking. I may have a couple of weeks left as a teacher, but that is who I became. When I mean […] Read More

I’m no longer vegan.

Search “vegan” on Google, and you’re likely to stumble upon some helpful information…and a ton of controversy. What’s most shocking is that the controversy so […] Read More

a curious guide to trying new things

I remember back in high school when I had my core activities or interests, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else and trying new things. […] Read More

stop living in the future. be present.

There’s plenty of talk about the importance of being present, living life as it is right now. Except that feels pretty difficult when you live […] Read More

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.