Articles by the Volunteer Global Team

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Orlan Space suit

Politics and People

I've been working with Russians over the past year and the most difficulty I have had with the experience is learning the Russian language.  Though I have spent much of my life studying and should be able to learn effectively at this point; I honestly don't think I have ever encountered anything as hard as learning Russian.  Every other aspect has been much easier - living outside of Moscow, working with the space program for several months, I have had the pleasure of working with many Russians on a daily basis.  Our relationships began before the recent crisis (and their...

Bienvenido a Vic, Cataluña, España!

The gap year is lasting! Bienvenido a Vic, Cataluña, España!

After almost 2 months of living in my small town in Poland and being more and more depressed by the lack of possibilities for my personal development, I finally found a way to escape from this underwhelming world!

On Friday, 7th of March, I came to Vic (Catalonia, Spain) for my EVS (European Voluntary Service)!  
Thank God the guys from Aurora GPS Organization decided to suffer with me the next 6 months after a short Skype interview! By writing “guys” I mean Feliu and Ramon! Gràcies! ;)

My 1st impressions?

  • I have...
Peace Corps: Zambia

27 Months: Let's Do the Numbers

Today (well, technically yesterday) I finally did it. I left for Peace Corps.  It's a day that's been over a year and a half in coming, and I was so.freakin'.ready to just finally get on that plane.

But first, let's do the numbers.

58 - The number of volunteers boarding the plane for Zambia; 28 aquaculture (RAP) volunteers, and 30 agroforestry (LIFE) volunteers.

15 - Number of volunteers who got in to Philly last night and went out to watch...

This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald

This Side of Paradise

"And he could not tell why the struggle was worth while, why he had determined to use to the utmost himself and his heritage from the personalities he had passed...He stretched out his arms to the crystalline, radiant sky. 'I know myself,' he cried, 'but that is all.'" This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald

I've been back in Long Xuyen exactly three weeks as of today, and, as of tomorrow, will officially have been cancer-free for one whole month. Not a bad first two months of 2014, even if we did get off to a rocky start.

I guess first I'll talk...

Pippa Biddle

The Problem With Little White Girls (and Boys)

White people aren’t told that the color of their skin is a problem very often. We sail through police check points, don’t garner sideways glances in affluent neighborhoods, and are generally understood to be predispositioned for success based on a physical characteristic (the color of our skin) we have little control over beyond sunscreen and tanning oil.

After six years of working in and traveling through a number of different countries where white people are in the numerical minority, I’ve come to realize that there is one place being white is not only a hindrance, but negative...

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