Q&A: Becoming a Teacher and Secondary Projects in the Peace Corps


Hi, everyone! I’m posting another video today. This week’s questions come from James, who will be coming to Kosovo as a volunteer this June. Thanks for your questions, James!

  1. Could you post about your transition from social work to teacher? (0:25)
  2. Are you a licensed social worker? If so, how are you maintaining your license while serving?* (2:21)
  3. What types of secondary projects are you working on or thinking about engaging? (4:05)
  4. Are there opportunities to work with children outside of a classroom setting? (4:58)

*I misspoke. My license will be up for renewal in January 2018. I don’t know my years …

If anyone else has questions for me, please let me know!


Q&A: Life in the Peace Corps

My sister asked the following questions for this week’s video:

  • What hobbies do you have besides reading and crocheting? Are those your favorite things to do? (0:18)
  • Is there something you want to learn (craft-wise) while you’re there? (0:46)
  • How do you spend your days when you’re not teaching? (1:04)
  • Is there a crochet project you have in mind to do next? (1:15)
  • How have your feelings about being in Kosovo/Peace Corps changed over the last 9 months? (1:37)
  • What have you gotten used to that was a big adjustment for you? (2:10)
  • What adjustments are you still struggling with? (2:56)
  • If you could change something about your time there, what would it be? (If you could change anything, no questions asked, your wish is granted.) (3:36)
  • Is there something you would have changed when you arrived but don’t feel that way anymore? (4:10)
  • What has been your favorite thing about living in Kosovo? (4:47)

After watching this video, I realized I said “um” a bunch of times. I thought about re-recording, but laziness prevailed. Maybe I’ll practice my public speaking skills and try to do better next time. 😛

Thanks for the questions, Kris!


Q&A Video: Questions About the Peace Corps

I haven’t made a video in a while, so I asked my friends and family if they had any questions I could answer. My friend Dana (thanks, Dana!) asked the following:

  1. What do most Peace Corps folks do once their service is up? (0:15)
  2. Do people tend to go back to their old jobs or fields? (0:50)
  3. Is there a way to carry on another term? (1:15)*
  4. Would there be opportunities to work stateside? (2:15)

*I misspoke. You can extend any length of time up to a year.

As always, if you have questions you would like me to answer about life in Kosovo or the Peace Corps, please contact me. (Keep in mind, I can’t talk about politics — Kosovo, U.S., or otherwise.)

Q&A from Pauline, Version 2.0

I hadn’t made a video in forever, so when my friend Pauline emailed me some questions, I decided to record the answers. 🙂

  1. What are the demographics of the other teachers at your school? (0:15)
  2. Are they friendly toward you? (0:28)
  3. Are there places like cafes in your town? (1:04)
  4. What are your weekend plans? (1:43)
  5. What is the first substantial school vacation you have? Do you have any plans? (2:35)

Also, if you have any questions you’d like me to answer, please email me or leave a comment in the comment section of the blog!

Q&A from my sister

Happy Monday! Today’s questions come from my sister.

  1. You blogged about YOU needing a hobby. Well, what do THEY do for hobbies over there? How do you see people spending their time? (00:13)
  2. What kinds of jobs do the people in your host family have? Do they have hobbies? (01:32)
  3. What is the family culture like? Is it a big family affair at mealtime? Do family members appear to have close relationships with one another? (02:27)
  4. What types of jobs are available in Kosovo? What types of jobs to people tend to emigrate to? (03:11)

Q&A from Dad

Happy Monday! This week’s questions come from my dad.

  1. “Knowing I had a repair shop, are there private shops like I had?” (0:19)
  2. “Do you see any industries or manufacturing in the larger cities? If so, what would the product be?” (0:50)

I also want to say Happy Birthday to my friend Dana! Dana, please choose from one of the following for your imaginary birthday celebration:

  1. Yoga at Bloom Yoga
  2. A burger at Konak, followed by a movie at the Landmark Cinema
  3. A picnic and concert at Ravinia