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My Best Moments from Volunteering Abroad

Reading Time: 8 minutes It feels like there are a million and one reasons not to volunteer abroad. Homesickness. High costs of travel. The need to work and make money. Conscientiousness about savior complexes and privilege dynamics. But, for all of those aspects above that you should consider before volunteering abroad, there are plenty of reasons to buy the …

Why You Should Stop Saying “Yes” to Everything

Reading Time: 3 minutes Whew. This one has been such a hard lesson, and I’m amazed that I’m able to write about it now. I recently was in a job where we were encouraged to say “yes” to everything. Granted, being in the Peace Corps is about community integration, and a lot of that means putting yourself out there …

My Favorite Ukrainian Recipes with a Vegan Twist

Reading Time: 3 minutes Before I left the U.S. for Peace Corps, many people that I told about my upcoming stint in Ukraine responded with concern for how the food would taste. I entered Peace Corps interested in what foods would be offered to me, but also cautious because of my assortment of allergies and dietary restrictions. Oh, do …