Struggles at the halfway mark

I'm lucky that anxiety hasn't been a real struggle in my life so far. I've been mostly able to channel it into motivation or deal with it in other healthy ways through high school, college and the first half of my YAV year. That is still true to an extent but I feel like it …

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“Shithole” Countries Make Miami Great

First things first, I'm stealing my title and inspiration from this excellent Miami Herald article http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/fabiola-santiago/article194399854.html My YAV year is a little under halfway over which means I've spent about 6 months in my new city, Miami, Florida. I've worked and lived, explored and walked and eaten throughout this city. It's a beautiful, diverse and …

Back on track

My YAV got off to an unusual start. Hurricane Irma forced us evacuate about a week after we arrived. We left the day before I was supposed to interview with my job placement and forced us to abandon our discussions our house covenant and all the other program activities. I'm really thankful we had a …

Arrival in Miami

Hi Friends and Family! After a "dis"orienting week in Stoney Point, NY with all the first year YAVs, I have arrived in Miami. So far, I've meet my housemates and site director, Danny and we've been exploring the city and settling in. Today, we're getting our bus passes and learning to use the public transportation. …

Morocco

My trip to Morocco was not only a highlight of my time abroad but also of my entire life. It was amazing. This is first, and potentially only time, I have ever been to Africa. We took a ferry boat through the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Port Med-Tangier in Morocco. It was a …