About Rebekah

Hey all,
I’m Rebekah (the one who writes). I am a Peace Corps Volunteer in Macedonia, where I am part of the teaching English as a foreign language program.
I’ve had a number of titles before adding PCV, including student, baker, construction worker, teacher, and most recently, journalist. Other titles include adventurer, feminist, aunt, and sports fan.
I’ve studied and worked in journalism and education, and I’m passionate about both.
I have lived in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and as of Sept. 13, 2014, Macedonia.
I have insatiable wanderlust. I’m also one of those weird people who enjoys running. Part of that could be because the only thing I like more than cooking is eating. I would have been a great hobbit.
I’m a weird combination of laid back, spontaneous and obsessively organized. It’s very easy to make me laugh and easier to make me smile. I also have a huge soft spot for dogs and the elderly (they’re living libraries!).
I love making lists, but making them about myself is weird, so that’s enough for now.
Thanks for following along!

 

 

 

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25 thoughts on “About Rebekah

  1. Loved it! So much that included in my weekly column at the Wayne Independent. Knowing that you want to share your experiences, I thought I could have a special opportunity to do just that. You may get some letters or comments from here in Wayne County. I shared your No.#1 for Wednesday’s paper. I’ll be praying for you and proud to know you! God bless! Peggy Cox

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  2. Hi Rebekah. I’ve enjoyed checking out your blog! My name is Michelle, and I was one of the PC Blog It Home contest winners a couple years ago. I’d like to invite you to a six-week Blog Challenge I’m hosting to help PCVs β€œlevel up” their Third Goal blogs in the New Year. This is β€œphase one” for an online project I’m working on with the aim of helping bloggers to promote cross-cultural understanding. I’d be honored if you would visit my new site: http://BloggingAbroad.org, watch the video (or read the transcript if loading videos is a challenge), and sign up to join the adventure in blogging. Take care and happy blogging! Michelle

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  3. Hi Rebekah!! I have loved reading your blogs. As I embark on my Macedonia departure (Sept16), I have so many questions about the country, culture, language preparation, housing, etc . Any chance we can skype sometime?

    I look forward to speaking with you!
    Ryan

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    • Hi Ryan, Thanks for reading along. πŸ™‚ And congratulations on being accepted to the greatest Peace Corps post around. I’d be happy to Skype sometime, or just answer questions by email if that’s easier.

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  4. Hi! My name’s Sam and I started following your blog as soon as I accepted the Peace Corps’s offer to serve in Macedonia starting this September. I was wondering if I could get in touch with you to ask about what life is like in Macedonia and the Peace Corps? I’m very excited but also pretty nervous (although your blog has calmed my nerves a bit!). Thanks!

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    • Hi Sam, I’d love to connect and answer any questions. Being nervous is normal, but don’t be. Macedonia is a wonderful place. πŸ™‚ I’ll email you so you have my contact info.

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  5. Hi Rebekah,
    I’ve been recently invited to serve in Macedonia through the peace corps. I have read a few of your posts on this site and really enjoyed them. I was wondering if we can connect, via email or Facebook or any other means convenient for you so we can talk more about Macedonia. My family is quite concerned about my safety especially since I’m a girl.
    I hope to hear from you soon,
    Kind regards,
    Feruza

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  6. Hi!

    So I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!! I will be leaving in September to serve in Macedonia and I am going through a wave of emotions – from being excited to nervous and everything in between. It’s especially hard now because a friend of mine is trying to pressure me to come home for her wedding in May. Anyway, I wanted to say thank you because your blog has helped me in more ways than I can explain. Thank you for sharing your journey, for being open about your feelings and experiences, and helping me to feel more confident about leaving soon. Thank you, thank you!!

    Emily

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    • Hi Emily,

      I’m so glad you found my blog helpful. πŸ™‚ Congratulations on being selected for Macedonia. I loved my service. Please reach out if you have any questions as you prepare. Make sure you take time to enjoy your last few months. Eat everything!

      -Rebekah

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      • Hi Rebekah-

        Thank you!! I will! Right now, it’s a lot of just getting my life in order… I’m sure you’re aware of this process. And I would love to reach out! What’s your email address? I’m currently working on a running list of questions I have because they seem to just pop up in my head from time to time. Thank you for all your help!!

        Emily

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    • Hey Emily,

      I am in the same boat! I leave in September as well, and getting my life together before then is proving to be more work than I initially thought. Feel free to reach out!

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      • Hey guys, have you joined the MAK22 Facebook group? You can ask any questions you have there, and it’s full of lots of tips already!

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      • Hi Erica,

        YES! The process of getting my life in order is proving to be very overwhelming. At time, very happy and excited and then other times, very sad. It’s an extreme wave of emotion, haha. Yes, what’s your email address?

        Emily

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  7. Hi Rebekah,
    Sorry to bother you. My name is Ray Blakney and I am an RPCV from Mexico (2006-2008). Awesome work on this blog, the travel stories are great.
    I am working on a 3rd goal project with the PC regional offices and the main office in DC to try to create an online archive to keep the language training material made all over the world from getting lost. I have created a sub-section on the website my wife and I run Live Lingua with all the information I have been able to get to date (from over the web and sent to me directly by PC staff and PCV’s). I currently have close to 100 languages with ebooks, audios, and even some videos. The next step for this project is that I am trying to get the word out about this resource so that it can not only be used by PCV’s or those accepted into the Peace Corps, but also so that when people run across material that is not on the site they can send it to me and I can get it up for everybody to use. I was hoping that you could help getting the word out by putting a link on this on your site, wherever you feel is appropriate, so that people know it is there.
    There should be something there for almost everybody. It is all 100% free to use and share. Here is the specific page to what we call the Live Lingua Project: http://www.livelingua.com/project/
    Thanks for any help you can provide in making this 3rd goal project a success. And if anybody in your group has some old material they can scan or already have in digital form, and want to add to the archive, please don’t hesitate to pass them my email. Thanks and have a great day.

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