Happy Birthday Mama: How a Mother’s Love got Me to the South Pacific

This was my mother, beautiful, giving, funny and strong. Her spirit and heart is what got me here to the South Pacific and I am forever grateful.


The Joy of Riding in the Back of Trucks

It is much like life; the sheltered have much comfort but those who dare to put themselves in the elements enjoy this world and enjoy each other. They have the much better ride.

Our Home in the South Pacific

We arrived to our island of Santo on July 4, 2017. I found it very fitting that we started our next part of this journey with one of my favorite holidays.  We are now celebrating the independence of Vanuatu. We are coming up on a month of being here and wanted to share some of [...]

Epau- Take 2

After Cyclone Donna passed it was determined that groups would return to their original host villages instead of trading right away. This meant our group would return to Epau.  Before TC Donna, Marc was sick pretty much every day, everyone was missing western food and talking about their "sit sit wata" due to aelan kakae [...]

First Impressions 

One of the alluring things about Peace Corps is that rarely anything goes as planned but that everything always turns out alright.  This is a great organization which has highly effective methods that work well in environments that require high flexibility.  Last words from Rachel before departing L.A. for our layover in Fiji "go straight [...]