Moving to Thailand and going through a company to find a teaching position sounds like a good idea until you arrive and see what's really about to go down. The program said we wouldn't be placed in major cities, which made sense because the major cities aren't the places where Native English Speakers (NES) are … Continue reading Unemployed and Afraid
Over the past 6 months I've been in Southeast Asia for five of them. At this point, I've been here so long that I'm no longer a tourist, which is good because that was never my plan. Last May I had an idea to come teach English and here I sit a year later with a plan … Continue reading Western Scams and a Newfound Fam That Made It All Worth It
I spent the month of January teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam. The decision to go to Vietnam wasn't a spectacular revelation, nor was it a trip I planned on taking. Thailand's bordering countries are Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Laos is a bit too untouched for me, Cambodia is a bit too … Continue reading The Best Month of My Life was Spent with a Rat, Roosters and no Air-Con
After 32 hours of travel, three continents, four countries, five cities, two trains and one taxi I arrived in Philadelphia after accidentally spending three months in Southeast Asia. In three months time I traveled to eight cities in Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Pai, Phitsanulok and Kamphaeng Phet. And I spent … Continue reading We’re All Headed to the Same Place
On Dec. 5, 2017 I set out on a trip to Thailand for two weeks. My itinerary was set up to do the typical Thailand circuit. I would fly into Bangkok, head north to Chiang Mai, then go south to the islands and get home right before Christmas. Well, it's Feb. 25, 2018 and here … Continue reading The Top 5 Things I’ve Learned After 2 Months in Thailand…
This is the first time in 17 years that the month of August is not filled with anticipation for a new academic year. It's the first time I am not purchasing new pencils, new folders or new binders. It's the first time I did not anxiously wait to receive my class schedule. It's the first … Continue reading Now Everything Begins
When I received the email that I was chosen to intern for the Democratic National Convention I couldn't contain my excitement. I felt that I was going to be part of something amazing. I would be part of pushing our country toward something so unbelievably progressive - our first female president. I also knew that I … Continue reading Will All the White Folks Please Stand Up?