What is this? Now you know, I am a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania! Join me in my 27-months adventure! I’m recording my mundane life during my service so potential PC applicants can see what my life is like as a PCV in Albania. This blog will include my experience, tips, and Albanian phrases. This blog heavily focus on a small town called, Belsh. If you are assigned in Belsh as a “PC trainee”, take a lookie of this blog to get familiarized of the town!
I make one-minute video clips called “BYREK ME AYDAH”, while in Albania. Click here to see my YouTube channel! It shows different things in the country whether it’s at a PCV’s work place, cultural events, places, and people. This channel shows insights of Albania. Don’t worry, I will post pictures too!
Why did I join the Peace Corps? It’s my dream to join the Peace Corps and my desire to help third world countries. I’ve been wanting this since I was a child. What do I want to get out of this? I want an awesome experience, to create NGO in a developing country, and stories to tell my non-existent grand-children. Plain and simple. ‘Nuff said.
What do you want to know about me? I am a traveler, teacher and a translator. I have college degrees in German and Russian Language, and Political Science. I lived and studied in Russia, Germany and South Korea. I taught English in Russia. I also taught French, ESL and Russian in my hometown. I worked for AmeriCorps VISTA: Reading Corps as a Reading Tutor. I enjoyed helping children learning how to read.My favorite TV shows are Doctor Who (David Tennant), Vikings, Salem, and The Walking Dead. I travel with my little rodent named, Snippy Meme. I dislike Kanye West. I find solace in teaching English, watching TV shows, learning different things, and TRAVEL.
Coming from strict Asian parenting, I was sheltered most of my childhood, not having a lot of friends except language books. When I was nine years old, I picked up a Russian phrase book and learned the Cyrillic alphabets. I was really curious what life was like in Russia and the Russian language. When I learned the Cyrillic alphabets, I had no idea that this one book was going to change the course of my life forever and in such a major way.
I made a bold decision to travel alone when I hit college. Despite of my mom and sister’s disapproval and being un-supportive with my decision, I supported myself by saving up my money, packed up my bags and traveled. They finally accepted that this is what I want to do and I am happy with my lifestyle.
I really had no idea that one small phrase book can lead me somewhere! This is who I am today, as a traveler, translator, and a language instructor!
What do others think of me? I am Asian who is terrible at math but being a polyglot makes up for that shame!
Why the blog name “adashqip”? I like to play with words. I use “-shqip” as a suffix, like “membership”, “friendship”. So when I add my name together with “shqip”, I get “Adashqip”. It is cheesy but I keep it simple.
Disclaimer: The contents of this web site are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the U. S. Government or the Peace Corps.