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14 Packing Essentials for Peace Corps Philippines

  14 Packing Essentials for Peace Corps Philippines When I first prepared for my journey as a newly selected Peace Corps Philippines volunteer, I had no idea of what to expect. Even being part Filipino, I hadn’t grown up with much of the culture and I had never been to the Philippines. The packing list was baffling to me. Two unfitted sheets? Why would I need two unfitted sheets? What was acceptable for a pasalubong souvenir gift to my host…

Filipino American Voices - "What are You?" A Journey of Self Discovery

Filipino American Voices – What are You?

Filipino American Voices - What Are You? In the United States, Filipino Americans make up the second largest Asian group population. That’s pretty awesome! And each Filipino American has a unique voice and story to tell. That is why I am proud to introduce Filipino American Voices! A place for Filipino Americans to share their stories and experiences of what it is like being Filipino American. You can read last month's Filipino American Voices featuring Lora Bumatay - Lessons from a Balikbayan…

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What’s Your Crazy? – Confessions of a Peace Corps Volunteer

What’s Your Crazy? - Confessions of a Peace Corps Volunteer Today is the 5th anniversary of the day I left America. I had decided to join Peace Corps after experiencing one of those life moments where you feel like you could do anything. The world was calling and nothing would hold me back from following my heart. Sitting in the L.A. airport after a whirlwind Peace Corps volunteer orientation, I tried to joke around with some of the other volunteers,…

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Tiny Teasers – Mountains Upon Mountains

  Tiny Teasers - Mountains Upon Mountains It’s about time for another book teaser! I’ve been writing and editing like crazy during the Holiday “down time” and I wanted to share a little taste of what I’ve been working on. For those of you not yet familiar with my story, I was a Peace Corps volunteer who was placed in the Philippines from 2011-2014. I lived there for three years working on youth and family community outreach programs. Such an…

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‘Merica! – What Happens When You Spend Thanksgiving Abroad

  Ah Thanksgiving! That unique holiday, deeply imbedded in the heart of American society. Not every American celebrates Thanksgiving as enthusiastically or as traditionally as some, but there is some sentiment that Thanksgiving is ingrained as part of the American lifestyle. Popular culture, news, and commercials will be inundated with Thanksgiving-themed tidbits through all of October and November. It will be all about the Turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes (wait, did the pilgrims make that?). We’re all gonna eat til…