Her volunteer year has “gone so many places I can’t recount them all,” Tara says. “Every day has been an adventure… suddenly, I’m on the other side: transformed, changed.”
Upon his departure, Zach reflects on how a year in Alaska has changed (and surprised) him: “No part of me expected to like it so much, to be cajoled into new ways of thinking.”
Volunteer news reporter Zach finds himself in an airplane on a journey north, along with a few other news representatives from the state and the Department of Energy.
Reflecting on her years of service at KNOM as a volunteer, Dayneé writes a letter to… you!
Without understanding how, July is nearly over and Zach’s about a month away from leaving KNOM and Nome. With that in mind, he makes a list of things he’d still like to do.
“You have a flower in your hair,” people tell Anna Rose. It’s always the same line stated the same way. It’s not a question or an exclamation or even a signal like telling someone they have a smudge on their face or spinach between their teeth. Just a disaffected statement of what they see.
Volunteer Anna Rose looks to the future, excited, “because after KNOM, I can do anything, and the world is so big and life is so short and I have to choose among the magnificence.”
Summer brings a time of transition for KNOM volunteers as new folks arrive and the current volunteers look on to new adventures. Tara looks back on the year’s experiences with her fellow housemates.
Preparing for her departure from Nome, Emily reactivates her dormant Facebook account. She faces a choice: What experiences from Western Alaska can be shared with social media, and what stories are better told face-to-face?
“Nome can’t shake me yet,” Tara says. Even though she’ll be leaving KNOM after her service year, she’ll be staying in town – to “take a chance” on a unique, and throughly Alaskan, opportunity.