Country: Zambia

Research, Women's Groups

Getting to Know Me

November 21, 2013

Greetings! I am so excited to be writing my first post as a Volunteer Global blogger.  In this post, I want to introduce myself, where I'm from, and a little about upcoming adventures and how I plan to talk about them in my blog. 

So let's start with a little about me. My name is Hannah Harrison, and I am a born and raised Alaskan with a fondness for inclement weather, hot coffee, and wild landscapes.  I'm 26 years old, and recently graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with my masters in environmental ethnography.  Long story short, fisheries science (specifically salmon) is my first love and I am interested in all things that have to do with fish, people, and people who fish.

My hometown is Homer, Alaska.  Yes, it really is the most beautiful place on earth (seriously, come visit). I love small towns, the feeling of community and neighbors and people who do good for the heck of it. It's a value I hold dear and one reason I was drawn to blogging for Volunteer Global.  I find the greatest goodness in others and in myself shines through in the act of service, of volunteerism, and of caring for our fellow man. For me, that bell tolls the loudest when I travel and see the lives of other people who are both like and unlike me in so many ways.

Throughout this blog, I will be exploring two themes that will shape my life over the next two years and beyond.  I have recently been accepted into service with the United States Peace Corps, and will be serving in Zambia for 27 months beginning in February of 2014. I'm excited, nervous, and mostly greatful for the opportunity. You can read more about my application process by visiting my personal blog. I will be writing about Peace Corps service, living in Africa, my primary and secondary projects, and what it's like to live with giant spiders everywhere (kidding, I hope).

After my Peace Corps service, I plan to travel and will write about my adventures abroad. Finally, when I return home to Alaska, I plan to write about my experience in remote, rural, and solo travel in the North.  In between all those things, I like to write about what compells me: women's rights, activism, the natural world, environmental issues, anthropology, and sustainable living. You, dear reader, can help me by asking questions (anything goes), suggesting topics, and commenting on posts. 

Thanks again for your readership, and to Volunteer Global for allowing me this fantastic opportunity to write for you.  Cheers!