I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Kosovo from 2015-2016. I lived in the western part of the country in the city of Gjakova, where I taught English at a secondary school. I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota and went to college in Chicago, where I pursued a Bachelors in Linguistics and Biblical Languages.
While in Chicago I tutored at the Pui Tak Center in Chinatown for adults seeking to learn English. I also had the opportunity to travel through the Middle East for one month in 2011, researching an unwritten language spoken by 2 million people. This trip fueled my passion for traveling and for learning languages and experiencing other cultures.
During the summers I worked with teens at a camp in Minnesota, directing the high school division and teaching activities such as archery and fishing. I loved working with high school students, so after graduating from college I applied for a job at an Alaskan high school.
In August of 2013 I moved to the village of Galena, Alaska, where I worked at a boarding school for two years. In June of 2015 I began my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Kosovo. I completed 12 weeks of Pre-Service Training in the town of Kamenicë, in the eastern corner of the country. In August I moved to my permanent site, where I taught English to 10th-12th graders in addition to some secondary projects such as Model United Nations.
I’m currently back in the United States preparing for a new adventure: Hiking 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail. You can follow that endeavor on my hiking blog.