“You know, on dia de los muertos, we really believe the dead are sitting here with us.” Judith, a Oaxaca City native and cousin of Jon’s co-worker, told us over drinks in the hip, downtown restaurant of Los Danzantes. I took another sip of my cocktail and looked sideways across the courtyard where a group of fake skeletons had been…… Continue reading Dancing With the Dead in Oaxaca City, Mexico
It’s no secret: I haven’t been in Peace Corps for awhile now — but one of the cool things about Peace Corps is that you’re always a part of the larger Peace Corps network! Which is why, I’m happy to present you all with a guest post from a current PCV, Anne Nathanson, who is serving in…… Continue reading 10 Things You’ll Only Do as a PCV in Cameroon
As I mentioned in a recent post, “From Travel Writer to Editor Extraordinaire” I’ve moved up (or laterally, depending on your perspective) from writing to editing. Every week, I read dozens of pieces by dozens of different authors — each with their own style, voice, and expertise, and each with varying experience in writing. With…… Continue reading 10 Writing Tips from High School I Still Use
A little while ago, I did some fascinating research for an article about how to volunteer responsibly abroad. Among the things I listed were transparency, integration of community members, background checks on anyone working with children, and of course: responsible volunteer programs will not place volunteers in a local community at the expense of taking…… Continue reading Are Foregin ESL Teachers Taking Away Jobs from Locals?
Dear Readers, You may have noticed The Nomadic Beat looking a little empty recently. At least, I would be very flattered if you followed me enough to notice a thing like that. Thing is… Life’s been keeping me pretty damn busy as of late. After returning to the U.S. from Tokyo, I hunkered down at…… Continue reading From Travel Writer to Editor Extraordinaire
Before I begin: As an RPCV who loved her service, I’d like to wish you all a happy Peace Corps week. But now, *ahem* for the real reason you came here: that catchy title that I used to lure you in here. You won’t save the world as a Peace Corps Volunteer So, you want…… Continue reading You Won’t Save The World as a Peace Corps Volunteer
This is a post I’ve been contemplating for a few months. It’s still not perfect, so comments and critiques are greatly welcome. Have you ever tried thinking of the places you’ve traveled to the way you would think of an ex-lover? I spent an afternoon thinking of it once, and decided that if places were…… Continue reading If Travel Destinations Were Lovers…