About This Blog

Living and working in Nigeria is a dream come true. I have the honor and privilege of volunteering with CUSO-VSO, a nonprofit organization that recruits and sends skilled volunteers abroad to collaborate with the people of our world in a unified aim to end poverty. During my two years in Nigeria, I will be working at the Kwara State College of Education, learning from local teachers and sharing my own Montessori teaching skills.

My purpose in writing this blog is not only to keep my friends and family informed of my life in the boldly vibrant nation of Nigeria, but also to share the unique experiences that come from cultures merging, ideas synthesizing, and lives intertwining.

The views expressed in this blog are my own and do not reflect those of CUSO-VSO’s, VSO’s, or any of the partner organizations within Nigeria for whom I may be working.


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rebecca Pillsbury
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 22:44:03

    Ooh ooh ooh!! I can’t wait to start reading! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Kelly Kincaid
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 13:46:33

    love it, julie! i just put a link to your blog on my page ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Maritta
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 15:54:19

    Hi Julie,
    I’m kind of adrift on the e-ocean in a nutshell, but I’ll try this anyway in hopes of connecting with you. If all else fails – I’ll write an actual letter!
    Hope all is well and you are happily awash in a wonderful new culture!


  4. Mary Bankhead
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 17:51:10

    Thanks for sharing! What a learning experience. Do you have an address so we can send care packages? ๐Ÿ™‚ -Mary


  5. Lexi Scofield
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 20:16:31

    Hi Julie,
    I applied for a job at a Waldorf school and thought you were a waldorf teacher so I thought maybe I could ask you about it. But then Cami told me that you’re actually montessori, so nevermind about that. I was also asking her about where you are and what you’re doing because I’ve always wanted to do something like that, and even though I probably wont ever actually volunteer abroad, I think it’s really cool that you’re brave enough to do it. So, anyway, that’s just how I found out about your blog. It all sounds so exciting and rewarding and inpspiring. If I don’t get a job, maybe I’ll be able to muster up the courage to even think about doing something like what you’re doing.
    All my best,


  6. Julie
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 12:18:51

    Lexi Girl…you can do anything you want to do. You totally have the courage, I know it. Trust me, in my case, it took more courage to stay in Lake Oswego than to come to Nigeria, and I’m not even joking. I’ll shoot you a real email soon. Peace, Julie


    • Mehul
      Oct 22, 2011 @ 21:02:50

      You talk just like me, Julie! Keep the good stories coming! I’m into blogging as well, just a little busy with work! I’m your biggest fan, bc I was born and raised in Africa, so anything you do for Africa, makes me super happy:) Keep it up! Cheers!


    • Mehul
      Oct 22, 2011 @ 21:35:00

      Hi Julie, how do I contact you via email? thanks!


  7. Erika Martin
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 08:53:20

    Hi Julie,

    I just found your travel blog and I really like how you described your travels around Nigeria with assertive comments!

    I manage TravelerVoice (www.travelervoice.com) a social network for travel bloggers and readers and your blog is exactly the kind of writing we are looking for our Living abroad section, please feel free to register :).
    This way my users could access your blog, and you would have more readers as they would be automatically redirected to your site.

    In the meantime I am running a contest to reward the most outstanding travel blogs on the web and I am still looking for new members ๐Ÿ™‚ so please check it out at http://www.travelervoice.com/contest.aspx for further details.

    Looking forward to hearing from you ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Mehul
      Oct 22, 2011 @ 20:58:52

      Hi Erika, thanks for the travelervoice link. I’ll look into it soon. I’ve been ridiculously busy with work and totally out of sync with the blogger world! Arrrrgh! Cheers!


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