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Tracking my Peace Corps Adventures in Western Samoa

Archive for September, 2010

To Sua Trench

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on September 18, 2010

On saturday I was able to strike something else off of my bucket list, the To Sua trench! Thanks to Emilie who took her friend out thereĀ and took me and summer along with them. It has been a busy couple of weeks with school starting back up and me needing to finalize student’s grades and writing exams. Anyway, enjoy the pictures.

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COS and Piula Cave Pools

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on September 18, 2010

Shortly after writing my bucket list we went to COS. COS was located at le Uaina resort, which happens to be right next to the cave pools. Although COS was mostly a waste of time, it was nice to see everyone from group 81 together again. And it also provided me a chance to get to the cave pools. Anyway, here are the pics:

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Prolonging the Magic

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on September 3, 2010

Havn’t posted in a while, so here goes. School had been really busy, but now I am on break and I’m getting a little time to relax. I’m in the final strech of my peace corps experience. Next week is our Close of Service conference, which will hopefully prepare us for after peace corps. Not only that but now is the time that group 80 leaves Samoa, which has has left me with a very nastolgic feeling as I am beginning to fully grasp that I must finally get on with my life.

First let me talk about dates. Dec. 15 is my offical close of service date. Some volunteers are applying to leave Samoa during november, but I couldn’t possibly leave before my school’s Prizegiving (american english: Graduation) which is on Dec. 2. I doubt I will leave Samoa before the 15th though, and will mostly likely not leave until just after the 18th. The next question is where to? I would like to travel a little before I go back home (Massachusetts), and this will include Japan and/or New Zealand. This would mean I would get back home end of Jan. or beginning of Feb.

After a vacation I think I need a little time to recharge and during this time I will consider exactly what my next move will be. I know what I want to continue travelling. I am considering getting a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, and moving to another country and teaching english there. Currently Macedonia and Argentina are the highest on my list.

Another option I am considering is to extend peace corps in another country. If this turns out to be the case I will have to return to the states in Dec. and will leave for the other country when their PST starts (probably end of Jan or beginning of Feb.) Anyway, I hope this answers some people questions. Comments are welcome.

For now however I am focusing on finishing my experience in Samoa without missing anything. I havn’t fully contemplated my “bucket list” yet but some items would include:

  • Night Diving
  • Staying on Apolima Island
  • Piula Cave Pools
  • Sua Trench
  • Learning to do a siva afi (fire dance)
  • Going to Falealupo one last time
  • Fagaloa Bay
  • Going in one of the outrigger canoes

I guess that’s enough for now, I may update the list in the future. Again welcome to any suggestions. Anyway, hope all is well.

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