American Samoa

 

A Run To Say ‘Goodbye

Posted by Heather Tang in American Samoa

Read Jessica Ploen’s goodbye to the American Samoa, as she takes her final steps towards the finish line of her “Rock”-y, beautiful year with WorldTeach.   My time here on “The Rock” is dwindling down, and it all is starting to become very real. Many of the things I have been doing this week I may never do again. For example, I just went for my usual run up the mountain. That will be one of the last times I do that. Running is something I have become very passionate about. Back in high school I used to dread the long runs we had to do while conditioning for basketball. Now I look forward to a nice, refreshing run. It…

Ms. Boyer’s Lottery

Posted by Heather Tang in American Samoa

From American Samoa Volunteer Stephanie Boyer   They told me in college that there would be good times and bad times in teaching. They told me that there would be days where you question why you wanted to become a teacher. On those days, your students may tell you that you’re the worst teacher ever, or give you that “What are you talking about” look. They told me there would be days where everything will fall in place and you will understand why you wanted to become a teacher. On those days, the sun seems to be shining a little brighter, there is an evident light switch in your student’s brains, and their smiles radiate understanding and love for their…

Halloween!

Posted by Heather Tang in American Samoa

WorldTeach volunteer Stephanie Boyer has been teaching in American Samoa since July. Last Wednesday, she was treated to a strange day at school: Halloween! It turns out that the celebration in American Samoa isn’t all too different from that in the United States with its candy, costumes, and craziness! Thanks for sharing your story, Stephanie.     Halloween. Yes, it is celebrated here in American Samoa, and yes, the students get equally as rowdy. Going into this holiday with the knowledge that my kids were going to be sugar high, holiday high, and probably just all around high, I planned to have my kids do scary stories competition and the winner would get… more candy (munchies and a prize, hell…

“This is Samoa. Sink of Swim.”

Posted by Heather Tang in American Samoa

“I look back with a year’s perspective, and I don’t even recognize that person I was before.”   Last month, Amber DeBardelaben’s time as a volunteer in American Samoa came to a close. In her last hours on the island nation she calls home, Amber reflected on how much she has grown during her experience with WorldTeach. Read on for an enjoyably witty look at the bonds, bugs, tattoos, teenagers, and dance crazes that have changed Amber as a person forever. Thanks for sharing, Amber!     How can it be over?   I still have to post about prom and graduation and the last few week of school, but I leave Samoa tonight, so now is the time for…