Caroline Suozzi: 2017-2018
"My decision to teach at Yap Catholic High School was one of the best choices that I ever made. The natural beauty of the island, traditional culture, and exceptionally kind people are rare, but the school itself is one-of-a-kind. Yap Catholic High School fosters a supportive community that is truly unique. YCHS promotes strong lessons about hard work, faith, respect, service, health, and sustainability inside and outside of the classroom. Although I was a teacher, I learned so much about the world and about myself during my year of service. I feel lucky that I was able to spend a year in such a genuinely remarkable place!
Shannon Richardson: 2017-2018
The University of Scranton
"Mogethin! Yap, Micronesia is an absolutely beautiful place to live, and an even better place to work. When I first got here, I was greeted by gecko sounds and morning rooster wake-up calls. These sounds were a bit unfamiliar at first but became a comfort that I now miss – just like everything else in Yap! Whenever I wasn’t teaching, coaching, or goofing about with the students at YCHS, my fellow volunteers and I did everything we could to soak in as much of Yap as we could 😊 There’s nothing better than a fresh coconut with Tuna poke from Mnuw after a long day at school – the fish doesn’t get fresher from this restaurant on the water! There may not be a public gym on Yap, but the mile swim from the hospital to O’Keefe’s island does the trick; and the variety of life living in the coral reef below is an added perk. The rest of my free time was spent spending time in my village; playing with baby Zeke and his siblings, learning how to make nuw-nuws, learning how to husk a coconut, and spending time at the Church for get-togethers and activities! I could go on-and-on about my time in Yap – the places I’ve visited, the wonderful people I’ve met, and the tremendous personal growth I’ve gained – but I don’t think there’s enough space on this web page for that!"
If you are interested in learning more about our past volunteers' experiences, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you in touch with them directly so that they can answer any of your questions.