Hello, and welcome to the wonderful world of Sam!
From 2012-2014, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the South East corner of Morocco, in a town called Zagora. I occasionally blogged/wrote sassy things during that time, and either the “I’m a Blog” tab, or the dates, can be used as guides. Now, I am back in my hometown of Colorado, with the proud status of Returned Peace Corps volunteer, or RPCV.
Below is a short acronym dictionary for some of the vocabulary thrown around casually. In addition, there is a short description about me, and my previous blogs (from the younger years).
Staging: A two-day period for initial orientation and meet ‘n greet for all of the soon-to-be PCV’s, where we are briefed about what is to come and a little bit about Morocco. (Philadelphia, US)
PST: Pre-Service Training. The first 2-3 months when Peace Corps Trainees are taught Darija (Arabic) or Tamalzhit (Berber) before being given an official site. (Rabat, Morocco)
PCT: Peace Corps Trainee (two months in country, before swearing in)
PCV: Peace Corps Volunteer
From the fall of 2011 until joining the Peace Corps, I was a substitute teacher at a single school 6th through 12th grade, across all subjects. Those included math, science, history, English, humanities, special ed, intervention, and being a Dean. Aka badass. I also frequently took care of small children in the evenings or when an ex-client needs a sub for a sitter. I’m just that good. I seem to work well with children.
I practiced Capoeira, do yoga, dance salsa regularly and most other ballroom dances infrequently. I play ultimate frisbee on a regular basis and rugby occurred in my college days. I am trying to become a better runner (see Marathon). I take my dogs to the doggy park, and I travel as often as possible.
I am (currently) a terrible cook, but I am great at making eggs and shakshuka. Hopefully that will move to include something else over time. For now, eggs and popcorn.
I have two brothers; one is a fifth year grad student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The other is in undergrad at University of Miami. I am excited to see how my parents will fair without a guide to the internet (me); they are fairly illiterate electronically.
I have a few other blogs that I have kept during my travels. Keep in mind, we grow as writers/bloggers with age…
- Applying to the Peace Corps, living in Colorado: http://bintbobabroad.blogspot.com
- While in Israel, studying Arabic: http://samofducks.blogspot.com/
- Mostly Istanbul, some California: http://smtigg.tumblr.com/
- A few posts about Istanbul before I switched to tumblr: http://itravelistanbul.blogspot.com/
Fair warning: As I learn more about the intricacies of building a website, this site will grow into something larger (inshallah). For now, bear with me as I get a speedy education.