Seriously... Where? Each week and weekend passes without time for me to think and compose my thoughts into a blog post or an email! I have learned that I need quiet time... space... and the chance to rest my mind in order to get the simplest tasks done, and especially to have the focus to write a poignant blog posting. A good friend of mine and fellow volunteer is preparing to embark on a new volunteer year with WorldTeach, and she needs some assistance. Her dedication gave me the motivation to get online and write a quick posting for her.
Gretchen graduated college last year with a degree in Math. She's been teaching high school math on one of the remote outer islands here in American Samoa. She has a tenacious personality and a desire to do some good in the world. Gretchen plans to head to Tanzania next year with WorldTeach, and she needs support. I realize that there are a lot of readers of this blog that might have the means and desire to continue to help education in developing countries, so I told Gretchen that I'd post a link to her blog here. If you're one of those people, or if you're just interested in reading another perspective of teaching and life in American Samoa, please link to her blog: http://gretchenmelvin.blogspot.com/.
I hope you are all doing well. You are all in my thoughts every day, even if I do not always take/make the time to keep in touch. I beg your forgiveness! The end of the year is coming up soon (June 3rd), and I'm leaving this island home on June 16th. I do promise to write some updates here, especially about what will happen to all of your incredible donations. I'm sorting out the last details of that now. As for my plans, I'm headed to Panajachel, Guatemala to teach a combined 3rd/4th grade class in the fall. The school seems amazing, and you can read more about it at: www.lifeschoolweb.com.