poi making kauai hawaii

America, Experiences, Volunteering

Tuesday Wednesday Poiday Friday

3 Comments 15 April 2014

“I’ve been coming to poi day since 2001, “ his eyes crinkled in a smile as he fiddled with his fishing net, “I like to come meet people and talk story.” Charlie said. ‘Uncle’ Charlie was one of many old timers I met who showed up every Thursday to make poi as part of a [...]

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volunteer hawaii

America, Experiences, Volunteering

Protecting Hawaii from Invasive Tourism

3 Comments 17 December 2013

The sweat was rolling down my face as I stared intently at the green leaf. Did it meet the criteria? I picked up my example leaf and placed it next to the one that held my gaze. I compared it – were the points of the leaves the same? Was the stem the same? The [...]

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ESL, Featured, Volunteering

Teaching in the Past, Present, and Future Tense

13 Comments 25 June 2013

My computer blurts out a tone that tells me I have a Facebook chat message, “Shit!” I mumble – I get mad at myself as I realize that somehow my chat got turned on again unknowingly (damn technology) and now I was going to get sidetracked from writing. When I clicked over prepared to ignore [...]

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America, Experiences, Featured, Photo Documentaries, Volunteering

The Purrfect Sanctuary in Lanai

16 Comments 16 November 2012

We use the expression “herding cats” to refer to refers to an attempt to control or organize a group which is uncontrollable or chaotic.  It depicts something difficult, challenging, and nearly impossible.  However on the island of Lana’i “herding cats” is common place – and the volunteers of Lana’i Animal Rescue Center (LARC) make it [...]

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Feynan bedouin

Experiences, Jordan, Lodging, Volunteering

Unplugged Travel

14 Comments 27 January 2011

Smoke billowed throughout the tent and left the area a-glow in orange. The flames lapped up from beneath the metal spherical disk. She pounded the dough into a flat pizza like form and simultaneously stoked the fire with more wood with her free hand. The spherical metal ‘griddle’ was just the right temperature…thwak! The flattened [...]

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Featured, Jordan, Volunteering

Holy Heat Worship

14 Comments 19 January 2011

Jordanians, no matter what God they believe in, all huddle around it worshiping the black metal God. There’s one in every house I’ve been to…and it always seems to be the center of attention. It’s the most used appliance in Jordan’s homes. Ladies and gentlemen…I bring you the gas heater. Let me shatter a stereotype [...]

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horse plow

Jordan, Volunteering

Conversation Corps Jordan

1 Comment 13 January 2011

As you know, I’m volunteering in Jordan through GeoVisions Conversation Corps. This is a program in which you converse with/tutor a family in exchange for room and board and a fee. I recently shared my initial volunteering experiences at my Briefcase to Backpack website. You may be interested to find out exactly what Conversation Corps [...]

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Hills of Jordan

Jordan, Travel Blog, Volunteering

First Impressions are Lasting

18 Comments 06 January 2011

You never forget your first impressions – right? That’s why they are so important. My first impressions of Jordan.

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Sherry traveling the world

I'm Sherry, a corporate cube dweller turned nomadic traveler. I travel to off-the-beaten-path destinations to bring you unique travel experiences and photography. But it's not just about travel, it's also about life experiences of a middle age wanderer.
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