The countdown has begun ... T-minus 3 weeks until I depart for a 3 week cultural exchange trip to Samoa. This trip has been months in the making, filling out my application paperwork back in March and learning of my spot in the program in April. I'm in the midst of some final preparations, and I realized I needed a way to journal my trip for myself and for my friends & family. (Plus, my friend Amy insisted I blog ... so here you go!!) :) My hope is to share some of my experiences of the trip through this blog. The entire focus of this trip is to learn and reflect on this cultural experience and how it impacts our world view and the role we play in our communities. I hope you will ask questions and comments so you can join me on this learning process.
Over the past 9 months I've studied the culture, learned some Samoan words, researched the nation's history, spent time looking at maps, and single-handedly consumed 2 boxes of Girl Scout "Samoas" cookies - all in the name of research. And now ... the 'research' phase is almost over and the trip is almost here. Only 3 weeks left!
I'll post a bit more background information about the program (American Youth Leadership Program, or AYLP), the participants I'll be sharing this experience with, and some of the places we plan to visit. Until then, thanks for checking out my Samoa Adventure 2013 blog!