Hannah Goes Fishing

A Fishing (and more) Blog


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Goings On About the Blog

Hello readers!

Today’s post is a quick update about some new features and projects with Hannah Goes Fishing, and to announce a new change to the blogging schedule.  Are you ready for the excitement?

FIRST EXCITEMENT!

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Whoa – new features!

Hannah Goes Fishing Blog has a new feature!  Some of you may have checked it out already, but if not, allow me to draw your attention to the tabs at the top of the page (or you can click here). You’ll notice a new tab called Volunteer. Please visit and tell me what you think. I put this new page together as a resource for people who are looking for ways to serve, but don’t have lots of spare bucks to be throwing around. Volunteering these days seems to have gotten really expensive, and I personally believe that volunteering should be a symbiotic relationship of free or close to free. Free for the person offering up their time and skills, free for the person or organization receiving that help. So, I put together a list of resources that are free or next to free for both parties.

You’ll notice that some of them aren’t really volunteering opportunities so much as connections to the volunteering community.  I hope you’ll join and become part of the world-wide community of volunteers who give their time and energy to more projects than you can shake a stick at. It’s truly remarkable, and I feel really proud to be part of such a community. I hope you will too.

Please note: I am looking to build on this resource list! If you know of a project that is mostly free to participate in, please let me know in the comments! I’d love to add it to this page. Right now I’m focusing on large-scale opportunities (so not the public library in your hometown), but as it grows I will likely accept smaller and smaller entities to the list.

SECOND EXCITEMENT!

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Whoa – interviews!

I’m still looking for PCVs and RPCVs to participate in my Peace Corps Life project. Right now I have about 25 countries already covered, but this leaves about 25 countries in need of current PCV representation!  Here’s the list of places I still need:

Burkino Faso
Cambodia
Bolivia
Costa Rica
Belize
Cameroon
Ghana
Guinea
Ivory Coast
Azerbaijan
Kazakhstan
Jamaica
Jorden
Mexico
Morocco
Rwanda
Swaziland
Senegal
Western Samoa
Romania
Paraguay
Tanzania
Vanuatu
Philippines
Malawi
Suriname
Nicaragua
Colombia
Honduras

I’m looking for current PCVs from all of these countries to interview. Please get in touch with me via the Contact tab if you’re interested! And, of course, thank you to all of the PCVs who have already volunteered to represent their countries.

ATTENTION RPCVs:  I have added a new component to the project where I’d also like to do an interview with RPCVs from countries that are now closed by Peace Corps. Whether it was closed due to evacuation or “development accomplished”, I’d like to talk with someone from everywhere Peace Corps has ever worked. If you are an RPCV and want to represent your now-closed country, please contact me!

THIRD EXCITEMENT!

OMG - More posts! (and dinosaurs!)

OMG – More posts! (and dinosaurs!)

Due to the huge number of interviews I am (hopefully) going to be putting forth to you, my excellent and unreasonably attractive readers, Hannah Goes Fishing blog will be moving to (the occasional) two posts per week! One on Wednesday, and then the regular Sunday edition. I know what you’re thinking: this news is nearly as exciting as having a triceratops behind you!  The reason for extra posts is because I’d like to continue to bring you the news from Zambia and not just bombard you with interviews, interviews, and more interviews.

So, there ends the excitement. Thanks again for being such an awesome group of readers. Please know that I love your feedback, comments, and general newsy notes any time, so feel free to use that contact tab with gusto.

Fish on!

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Light Reading

These last few weeks having somewhat regular internet have been a delight in that I can finally catch up with some of the fantastic Peace Corps blogs floating around in the world wide web.  This week, I want to share a few of them with you.

1. The Wanderer in Zambia – Zambia

Written by my friend and fellow northern province volunteer, Terri.  Terri’s blog is one of my favorite to read and often inspires my own writing. She explores the village life with a straight-forward attitude that is a pleasure to read.

2. It’s Not About Me – Thailand

Written by PCV Christine, It’s Not About Me blog really embodies the spirit of service and the mantra all PCVs should adopt: it’s not always about us! Christine is also AmeriCorps alumni, and every time I read her blog I feel reinvigorated in my own service. She posts three times a week and there is an awesome archive of photos, videos (something I SO wish I could do with my blog), and many entertaining, heartfelt, and interesting blog posts to choose from.

3. Waking Up in Togo – Togo

Waking Up In Togo is written by incredible blogger and friend Chelsea. Now approaching the last leg of her service, Chelsea writes candidly and openly about the volunteer life. You’ve actually already met her through my This Africa Life series. You can check out her interview here.

4. Sponge and Slate – China

Written by PCVs Keith and Heather who hail from Ohio, Sponge and Slate is one of the winners of the 2014 Peace Corps Blog It Home contest!  They write candidly about their experience as a married couple volunteering in China, and their videos provide great insight into their job as teachers and the antics of their students. When I first opened this blog, I was surprised it won the Blog It Home contest. Their blog doesn’t have any of the bells, whistles, or high-def photography I’ve come to expect from other PCV blogs. Then, I read their posts and it became instantly clear why they were winners. Their writing sounds like someone is sitting in the room with you, talking passionately about their life of service. Their account of Peace Corps service has inspired me to add China to my list of “must visit” places.

5. From Moldova, With Love – Moldova

This beautiful blog is written by PCV Kate, a passionate, articulate, and wonderful woman introduced to me through our mutual friend (my sister). Since then, I have been an avid fan of her blog. Most recently, Kate has been a staunch advocate in helping victims of human trafficking and raising awareness of this blight in our world. I love her blog not only for her excellent writing, but also for the glimpses she offers into Moldovan life with music videos, photos, and portraits of her fellow volunteers.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s round-up of PCV blogs. Do you know of a great blog that I missed? Leave the link in the comments with a few sentences about why you love it! I’ll include it in the next round-up.  Stay well, keep writing, and fish on!


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Hannah Goes Fishing in 2014

One reason I love using WordPress is because they do cool things like make me a snazzy end-of-the-year report about my blog.  The stat I’m proudest of? Visitors from 122 countries! Click the link at the bottom to see more.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

What was your favorite post from this last year?  What would you like to read more about in 2015?  Leave your feedback in the comments and, as always, thanks for reading!