Kick, kick, pull. Kick, kick, pull. An hour and a half into my snorkel and I seem to be the only person left on the planet. My eyes fixed on the ocean floor, I watch as the sun rays pierce through the surface and light up coral, conch shells, and a school of cuttlefish. I … Continue reading Island School and Braving the Gap (again)
I’m surrounded. People are swirling around the room speaking a different language. Libby is petting my head. Rachel is picking up my leg. Hands are tangled in my hair and wrapped around my waist. I'm suffocating. Is this the end? BafaBafa is a cultural awareness game we played during TBB orientation to prepare us to … Continue reading Standing Wisely, not Standing Down
When people ask me what I learned over the trip, one of the biggest standouts to me is the importance of family in every country. Naturally, we chose that as our media project in Guatemala. We interviewed our host families and members of the community and made a video! https://youtu.be/Dgqu2gfJXT4
Hi guys! This is the post I wrote at the end of Ghana after we finished our media project. I linked the podcast below. For the past five weeks, we have been working with different types of health care providers in Ghana, mostly health centers and CHPS centers (community health planning services). On the one … Continue reading Abodam: Mental Health in Ghana
Is getting sand out of your ear the same as getting water out of your ear? Are you supposed to turn your head to the side and shake? Is a Q-tip a good idea or a dangerous one? Should you...rinse it? I was sprawled across my bunk in the dunes, and had just realized how … Continue reading Extraordinary is Not Extra Ordinary
As many of you know, our group called Ho, Ghana home for 4 weeks. We said "see you soon" to our homestay families last Saturday, and hauled our backpacks to a small nomadic village called Adaklu- Kpatove for the week. Picture mud huts, dusty feet, bleating sheep, and goats climbing trees. Now, picture a massive … Continue reading Yevu, Mia Dogo! We Will Meet Again.
"You are welcome!" Walking through the red fog on the streets of Ghana, mixed in with the shouts of "Yevu!" (white skin) it is not uncommon to hear "woé zɔ!" or "welcome!" from complete strangers walking through the market or in the clinics where we work. What have we done to be welcomed so effortlessly? … Continue reading Va Mi Dzo- Walking in Radical Love
Pra Ajarn Ti let out a hearty laugh. "If a guitar string is too tight, it might break. Too loose, it won't make a good sound. The right tension is the way to live the middle path in life." The middle path. The main teaching of Buddhism. The reason monks are so incredibly unbothered. In … Continue reading Advice from the พระภิกษุสงฆ์ (Monks): Turning Your River into a Pond.
"Ping Pong wants white skin." Our host mother, Yim, who refers to herself as "mommy," giggled and slid her chunky blue sunglasses over her big doe eyes. Our host sister, Ping Pong, quickly pulled her sleeve over her forearm, which she had extended to compare her skin tone to her fathers. Emma and I looked at … Continue reading An Eternal Search for ความงาม.
"Country roads, take me home..." our voices echoed in the art classroom. Khun-Khon-Khao the music teacher strummed along, directing his art teacher assistant to video us from all angles. "Do you know 'Zombie?'" Two weeks into Thailand, I am so confused. Everyone is so confused, all the time. Things are constantly happening. I would be more specific … Continue reading Sabai Sabai