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…

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…

The Floor is Lava

Well world, it seems like my blog is finally beginning to earn the name of its URL: the volcanoes Marum and Benbow, residents of my home island of Ambrym, are beginning to show signs of life. And by life, I mean increased volcanic activity. On August 30th, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department raised the…