Hi there, my name is Hayley, and I'm a journalist. Eminem sings songs about me. This one time, I held a penguin. No big.
in spring of 2011, i went to Italy for a while. and lo, the great study abroad saga of florence, starring gelato, paninis, and some dude named michelangelo, was born.
now that I've graduated college, i'm fulfilling a high-school promise to myself to go work in a fishing village in the
southern northern hemisphere that has no phones; you can now find me in ukraine, stumbling my way through the peace corps with exactly zero Russian to my name. Wish me luck!
Disclaimer: I am using this blog to express my own personal opinions. It is not meant to represent the views of the Peace Corps or of the United States Government.
sunvapor said: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?
Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.
Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)
There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident), that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.
According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.
According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.
Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)
The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]
Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.
It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.
And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.
- What’s the most important thing for me to bring? Or, what’s something you didn’t bring, but wish you had?
- What’re the living situations like?
- What’re the schools like?
- Is island fever a real thing?
- How do I eat a breadfruit?
- Do you get to see other volunteers often? Or are you super isolated?
- Is PC Samoa medical as on top of their shit as PC Ukraine medical was? Because if so: yay.
- Is there some kind of tsunami evacuation plan because I feel very strongly that I will probably be there during some kind of hardcore earthquake my luck is not strong in this area
- Do you get along with your host family?
- How do I not get dengue fever?
- Regarding humidity: Will I just be sweaty and miserable nonstop for two years?
- Is the Samoan language difficult to speak? How crucial is it for day-to-day life/school?
- Will I only be doing literacy the whole time, or are there other programs that PCV’s typically get involved with while over there?
- Internet access. Do I get internet access.
(The list only grows every time I think about the fact that I am leaving in less than two months jesus christ and hopefully I find someone to ask soon… but on the bright side I’m heading to San Diego this weekend! So that should be fun)
I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS
mordecaitenenbaum said: Hi, I'm Alex. I stumbled with your blog in the TEFL tag. I just wanted to know if you could give me some advice or guidelines. Like, which TEFL course do you recommend the most? What was the experience throughout the process like? Is an Associate's degree enough for now? I would take my Bachelor's later. The info online is overwhelming to say the least, but I've managed to find some decent stuff. The advice of someone who already accomplished/is accomplishing it would be of great help. Thank you
hey mordecaitenenbaum! I have no idea when you sent this ask but I’ll definitely try to help a little, hopefully not too late.
I didn’t actually get TEFL certified for the Peace Corps, and I did all my training in-country, so I don’t know if I’m necessarily the best person to ask about this. You don’t need a TEFL certification to work for the Peace Corps. As far as picking a program goes, I would say that it depends heavily on what company you want to work for - contact them, if possible, and ask if they have recommendations or a tendency to hire from a specific source.
This website seems to offer pretty comprehensive advice to help you narrow down your course selection… I saw Groupon courses at one point for about $89, and I contacted the Peace Corps to ask if they wanted me to get certified. They said no, that practical job experience (I was doing literacy tutoring at the time) was preferable. So it depends on the program!
As for the degree, I can’t speak for other programs but the Peace Corps strongly prefers you to have a Bachelors. If you have a lot of relevant job experience, however, then you’d probably have a strong resume regardless! Are you thinking of doing Peace Corps or another TEFL program? There are sooo many amazing options out there for all kinds of positions, I wish you the best of luck in finding something that fits you! :D
hey guys sorry i stopped blogging for a while there… stuff is getting real in my former village and it kind of sapped the urge to blog from me for a while. still gearing up for samoa though! and still trying to stay in touch with my people back in ukraine, though it’s kind of tough since they’ve all had to flee snezhnoye for less dangerous places :(
anyway, talk to you soon
yo, AC, i don’t know what your beef with soccer is but i’m gonna tell you right now that i am so goddamn american i’ve got ancestors on both sides of the civil war, and i care more viciously about this world cup than you do about inexplicably shitting on people playing a game that doesn’t allow you to use your hands.