Good Bye for now South Africa!
Dec05

Good Bye for now South Africa!

I’ve been back in the USA for two days now. The jet lag is ferocious, but I am glad to be home. It was bittersweet leaving a place that has become so close to my heart. The sensations I felt seeing my loved ones was so strong, but so are the feelings for those that I left behind. I grew so close to my host family over the last four months. I spent the whole time in Africa putting off saying goodbye until the last possible...

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112 Days in Africa
Nov04

112 Days in Africa

Everywhere I go, “Oh you are from Alabama? Sweeeet Hommeeeee Alabamaaaaa!” That’s the only phrase from the Lynrd Skynyrd song they recall, but it never ceases to make me smile. South Africans remind me of Alabamians. They are hospitable; they have a “Southern” charm about them. And although I would consider Alabamians laid back, South Africans are even more flexible. They aren’t bound by time as...

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Sweet Home Africa
Sep19

Sweet Home Africa

Fall of my senior year at Alabama my best friend Sarah Justus, also a Music Education undergraduate, told me about the COST program (The Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching). The thought of teaching abroad terrified me. I imagined the worst–being alone, different languages, and really bad foreign food; why would I subject myself to that? After my initial hesitation, I imagined I would get some “sign” if going...

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