“What is this year going to mean?” volunteer Jenn asks. “Who are we going to be next year when the days start to grow longer again, when the icy, liquid-metal sea melts back to blue?”
183, to be exact. At least, those are all the miles volunteer Jenn has driven since arriving in Nome—this town with three roads out and no roads in.
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.
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.
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.”
“This is a land of plenty,” says volunteer Jenn, joyfully reflecting on growth amid seasonal and life changes.
Volunteer Jenn is back from her first reporting trip to Elim! It was a long but rejuvenating trip up the Tubuktulik River, with many photos to show for it.
Volunteer producer Dayneé changes hats, reporting on the Nalukataq celebration in Barrow, Alaska: “I am not a newsie at heart. I compensated for it by giving myself more prep time and a few pep talks in front of the mirror that went something like, ‘You’re assertive! You ask questions! You can walk up to strangers and ask coherent, intelligent questions!'”
Three weeks in, new volunteer Jenn reflects on this summer of transition and moments of gratitude as Nome becomes home.
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.”