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Chau, Chile

Posted by in Blog on 23. Mar, 2014 | 14 Comments

Adjusting in Chile didn’t come without its challenges. In fact, nearly everything was hard. But after more than two years, by far the hardest thing about living in Chile is leaving.


Torres del Paine: A fairy tale ending to two years in Chile

Posted by in Blog on 25. Feb, 2014 | 2 Comments

I trekked 71 kilometers (45 miles) and albeit far, I only saw a small part of the huge region that spans two countries. As in nearly all of my South American ventures, Nora was by my side. For 5 days, we hiked the popular W-shaped trail in Torres del Paine in what felt like a beautiful fairy tale ending to this chapter of my life.


‘I’m speaking plain penguin!’

Posted by in Blog on 20. Feb, 2014 | 7 Comments

What’s at the bottom of the world? Penguins, of course. From Punta Arenas, Chile, the world’s southernmost city, I sailed the Magellan Strait to visit the largest penguin colony in the region.


5 English errors that will keep you laughing for days

Posted by in Blog on 10. Feb, 2014 | 1 Comment

I have documented my own embarassing guffaws plenty of times on this blog, so I think it’s only fair that I also share my students’ comical blunders. After teaching English as a Foreign Language for two years, I’ve heard it all. Here are the top 5 funniest language mistakes I’ve heard in my classroom.


English, Spanish and French! Oh my!

Posted by in Blog on 24. Jan, 2014 | No Comments

I teach English, speak Spanish at home and am learning French. In other words, my brain could combust at any moment.


Counting down to a spectacular 2014

Posted by in Blog on 20. Jan, 2014 | 3 Comments

The fireworks show in Valparaíso is simply unmatched and it was a spectacular way to ring in what should be an incredible year for me. Feliz 2014!


Expat Life: Always saying goodbye

Posted by in Blog on 06. Jan, 2014 | 8 Comments

Before I moved abroad, guidebooks, blogs, friends and travelers raved about all the incredible people I would meet. No one warned me about how many times I would have to say goodbye.


I will serve in the U.S. Peace Corps in …

Posted by in Blog on 27. Dec, 2013 | 16 Comments

I have always had a passion for education and empowering others to reach their goals. Throughout the last two years of teaching English as a Foreign Language in Santiago, Chile, I’ve seen the terribly unequal access to quality education, and was further inspired to make a bigger impact in people’s lives through Peace Corps service.


Dear Josh…

Posted by in Blog on 13. Dec, 2013 | 6 Comments

A letter to my step-brother, Josh, who died in his sleep on Dec. 7, 2013. He was 22.


Students on strike

Posted by in Blog on 07. Dec, 2013 | No Comments

Police tanks spraying tear gas barreled down the street; the water cannons followed quickly in tow. I ran for cover, ducking into a McDonald’s just as employees pulled the metal doors shut. The June scene, a once common occurrence in Santiago, is long-gone now as students buckle down to finish a school year extended so they could meet graduation requirements despite monthslong protests and sit-ins. At my school, however, the strikes have just begun.