A Year’s Reflection

“Show me a Peace Corps volunteer and I’ll show you a person who wants to change the world. I’ll show you a person who gets easily frustrated because she has high expectations for herself and doesn’t want to let her community down. I’ll show you a person who is idealistic and enthusiastic and dedicated and…

Hiking Marum: Tips, Tricks, and Helping a Local Economy

Tourism is a massive component of Vanuatu’s economy, its pristine beaches and untouched wilderness attracting droves of tourists from Australia, NZ, and around the world yearly. This industry, however, has barely reached SE Ambrym despite its two impressive volcanoes, Marum and Benbow. Part of the issue is a lack of infrastructure as well as lack…

Great Lakes of Fire!

From the Great Lakes to lava lakes, alien landscapes, forgotten gods, and a wild pig…. When you tackle a grueling adventure to witness one of nature’s most spectacular performances, bring a friend!

Eat, Paint, Love… and Diabetes

When I was coming to Vanuatu I expected to arrive in a land that was overflowing with exotic fruits and vegetables, to live with a coconut in my hand and a freshly caught fish on the dinner table (too bad that I’m actually allergic 🐟💀 but whatever, a girl can dream). What I expected was…

World Teachers Day

  October 5th was World Teachers Day. While this may have only been a blip on most peoples’ radar back in the States, it was something of a big deal here in Vanuatu. At least is was here in SE Ambrym. I admit that, initially, I wasn’t looking forwards to attending the celebrations, especially when…

Back to the beach!

“I know simply that the sky will last longer than I.” – Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays  My time in Vila is finally drawing to a close and I couldn’t be more excited to be heading back to site. I spent a week more than I would have liked here, but…