Prior to signing up for an expedition with Barefoot Conservation, I knew I wanted to do something meaningful with my travels that would positively benefit me and help other individuals in some part of the world. Additionally, I wanted to find an organization in a part of the world where I could do some scuba diving.  I also wanted to learn more about Eco tourism and possibly use my English teaching skills.  I have had an interest in scuba diving from the first time I…Continue Reading “Working with a NGO: why I did it, what I learned, the pros and cons”

The past month has absolutely flown by. It’s simply amazing to me that I arrived in Papua a month ago and I am already sitting in the airport on the way to my next destination. In this post I will recap the last week but I will follow with another post on my final thoughts about working with a NGO, why I wanted to do it, positives and negatives, etc. I’ll continue on where I left off from my previous post, last Thursday. I was…Continue Reading “West Papua, Indonesia….it’s a wrap!”

My last post was the day before Halloween, which is a holiday that came and went in Raja Ampat, Indonesia without much of a celebration.  I am not terribly upset that I traded in costume parties for paradise this year. The past seven days have gone by rather quickly, again, and I now only have one more week left in Indonesia.  Last Thursday I woke up early as usual and started in on learning some more marine biology.  After breakfast, I had a four hour…Continue Reading “Coral, fish, invertebrates, dolphins….marine biology, oh my!”

It is absolutely amazing how fast time flies when you are fully engaged in what you are doing and staying active everyday.  I have been in Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia for two full weeks now and it feels as if I just arrived yesterday, yet I have learned so much in just 14 days time. After writing my last post, I finished running errands for supplies with the team in Waisai (the closest thing resembling a town near us) and headed back to our island, which…Continue Reading “Two full weeks on the island….Barefoot style”

Unfortunately my Internet access in this part of the world is extremely limited.  I thought it would be a nice break being away from everything but not having any internet access has proven difficult.  I have been in Indonesia for almost a week now and so much has happened in the last six days that I have been here. Per my last post, I was due to meet the Barefoot Conservation program coordinator last Thursday morning in Sorong, Indonesia.  I am happy to report that…Continue Reading “Life in Indonesia…..Sorong, Waisai, diving, and life on the islands…..”

It all started with a one year contract teaching English in Korea.  About thirteen months ago, I decided to take my life overseas and get some real living in.  I am pleased to say that everything worked out and then some…I have decided to keep the journey going.  Next up, Indonesia.  As previously mentioned on my blog, I enrolled to partake in a marine conservation program for a month in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.  I am on my way there now.  I am currently sitting in…Continue Reading “And we are officially off….again!”