Allison Feikes's blog


Summit day on Kilimanjaro

February 12, 2015

The hardest goal I have ever set before myself was to climb the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. I had no previous climbing experience, but I saw Kili as an opportunity to achieve greatness.

After four days of climbing for eight hours a day, day five started at midnight in order to reach the peak by sunrise. Only the stars in the sky and the snow around us were visible. I remember singing with our guide “Jambo Bwana, habori gani?” to stay awake and moving.

Around seven in the morning, I slowed down. I was barely moving my feet from exhaustion and...

The Yogurt Man Cometh

November 09, 2014

Upon the first day of orientation in Ankara, the Fulbright Commission gifted all of the English Teaching Assistants with a book, The Yogurt Man Cometh: Tales of An American Teacher in Turkey by Kevin Revolinski. I found tremendous comfort in Revolinski’s words. As the craziest and most bizarre stories began happening to me I thought, “How will anyone believe me? Is there anyone who will understand?” Revolinski understood.

In fact, after finishing the book, I wrote to Revolinski requesting an interview. Revolinski’s book aided me; therefore, it can surely serve the...

THE Voluntourist

June 22, 2014

During my travels, I have had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Sellers. He is 27 years old and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. He works as a freelance graphic designer in Detroit and at restaurant in the area. Following high school, Dan began to travel and volunteer around the world. His travels delayed his graduation from college, but Dan was able to venture to South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. While visiting the far corners of the globe, Dan volunteered. Seven years later, Dan is still volunteering abroad. He is THE voluntourist. Below, is my interview with Dan where...

3 Gap Year Stories

June 03, 2014

A gap year can be defined as a break from the professional world to pursue other interests. Often, this term is associated with volunteerism. Although intimidating, a gap year can provide an abundance of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that can help an individual excel once returning to the professional world. Here highlighted are three brave young women who took a gap year after high school, before college, and the advantages they gained from the experience.

Callie Orsini (University of Georgia)- For Callie’s gap year, she traveled to Central America. She...