This blog mainly focuses on countries I have lived and worked in; however, it is not exclusively about them. In fact, it is mostly not about the countries.  They are merely the backdrop to life and the many, many places I have considered home. Here are the main countries I talk about.

Albania- a country to the north of Greece, is tiny.  The country is home to 2.8 million people, one of whom is my husband.  I lived here for 5 years.

Cambodia- a country in south east Asia where I worked for 7 months. (Early parts of this blog have been transferred over from which I wrote while there).

Chile is a country I have come back to over and over.  It is my ex-husband’s home. I studied here in high school and college. I have held various jobs here.

Georgia is a country (not just a state) where east meets west. It is bounded on the north and northeast by Russia, on the east and southeast by Azerbaijan, on the south by Armenia and Turkey, and on the west by the Black Sea. I will work here for 4 years.

Ghana is a country of 27 million on the western coast of Africa. It has considerable natural wealth and was the first black African country south of the Sahara to achieve independence from colonial rule. I worked here for 2 years.

Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world, by land mass.  However, it is home to only 16 million people.  Located at the point where China and Russia meet, it is home Baikonur, the famous space station.  Most well known in the western world as the land of Borat— Borat actually showed nothing accurate and was not filmed on location. I lived and worked here for two years. I worked here for 2 years.

Moldova is a country in Eastern Europe where I worked for over 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer.  About 1/2 the size of Maryland or twice the size of Hawaii (if either of those make sense to you), it is a former part of the USSR and incredibly poor and rural. 



  1. Hey. I’m from Milwaukee and am leaving for Chile in a week to volunteer teach for a semester. Thought it was one of those “small world” coincidences. Great mission. Good luck!



  2. Wow, Claire I did not know how bad human trafficking was in the US. Thanks for providing this information. I would like to sharea this with my daughter since she is getting older and I am trying to teach her about the dangers in our world especially regarding racism, classism and women’s issues. ~ Tiffany

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