Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Volunteer Experience

Recently, I wrote a blog post for the WorldTeach organization in an effort to promote my latest book.  In the blog, I briefly discuss some of my travel experiences and touch up on the value of volunteering.  If you're interested in reading the post, you can find it here - Reflections from a WorldTeach Namibia Alumnus.

With my newest book, Watermelon is Life, I really hope to shed some light on the life of a volunteer teacher and perhaps inspire other to get involved, travel, and attempt to learn about other people and cultures.  The primary goal behind this project is to promote volunteerism and raise money for the Unlock Foundation.  For every copy of the book that is purchased, $1 will be donated to this foundation which seeks to address critical educational gaps in rural African schools.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Invaluable Lessons from Teaching English Abroad

So it has finally happened...I've published my second travel memoir.  This next book, Watermelon is Life, captures my experience as a volunteer teacher in rural Namibia.  

In 2010, I lived and worked in a small village called Omungwelume.  This is the closest I've ever been to village life.  In Omungwelume, there are more donkeys than cars.  Amenities such as water and electricity are scarce.  In order to get around, hitchhiking is a must.  However, the experience has been such a profound part of who I am today.  I was challenged both personally and professionally.  I learned to conduct classroom lessons without many resources, even on occasion without having chalk at my disposal.  I participated in different cultural activities, opening my mind to new ways of life.  My time Namibia was full of invaluable lessons.  Ultimately, I discovered that perhaps one person can't change the world, but the world can certainly change one person.

You can follow along on this extraordinary journey, as I attempt to teach the world.

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON:  Watermelon is Life

***For every copy sold, 25% of the net profits will be donated to the Unlock Foundation, which addresses critical education gaps in rural African school.