Francesca reflects on the “small acts of courage” displayed by KNOM volunteers as they adapt to life in Nome.
Volunteer Caitlin reflects on changes in her wardrobe as she settles into Nome.
After an eventful day of service at Nome’s Food Bank, Jenn understands why volunteers are advised to respond in the affirmative when opportunities arise.
Volunteer Kristin reflects on her adjustment to Nome—an abundance of discoveries, with much still left to learn.
Back from a trip to Wales, first-year volunteer Francesca takes stock. “Western Alaska is constantly shifting my concepts of home and place and family,” she says.
Living in Alaska without a cellphone is a paradigm shift, newly-arrived volunteer Caitlin says. “I started to experience things fuller. I went out with nothing in my hands to distract me.”
With all the newbies now arrived at KNOM, volunteer Jenn explains what they’ve been up to around town: from family dinners to exploring the Last Train to Nowhere.
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.”
“The vast expanse… isn’t what stole my breath away,” Francesca says of the tundra landscape surrounding Nome. “It was the sheer density of the stuff that really amazed me.”