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Update 3/21/14

It hasn’t been a year yet, but I figured I was in need of an update.

If you already don’t know, I’m leaving for Chiang Mai, Thailand mid-may to teach Beginner and Intermediate English and Composition for a year. On this blog I write on my preparing for this trip, and eventually, once I get there -I’ll blog about my experience!

If you have any suggestions for what I should do in Thailand (or an countries I may go to on visa runs) please let me know!

I’m really looking forward to what this next year may bring, and I hope you’re along for the ride with me!

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Hello there!

I’m Julia, and this is my soon to be travel blog! I’ve decided to title it “The Accidental Heroine” because of my love for adventure, despite my somewhat wussy tendencies. I strive to be someone who pushes themselves out of their comfort-zone…I mean how could life be interesting or fun if we didn’t?? I’m scared of the unknown, but at the same time excited…but sometimes I need that extra little push. Sometimes you’ve got to be the hero to your own story…no matter how scary it may be. So yeah…

Currently I am a senior in college (well at least by this late August) and I’m an English major with a Anthropology minor (Gasp! The horror…I know, I’m obviously doomed to poverty). Despite my soon-to-be extremely busy/hectic senior year (using most of my energy battling senioritis, no doubt) I have a lot of exciting things coming up.

On July 23rd I leave for Ohio to rough it in Beaver Creek State Park with nine other brave souls. While there I will be attempting fly fishing, archery (long bow), and reciting poetry from memory (An English majors dream come true, right?) and of course hiking (one of my favorite things to do).

Also, within the next week or two I will be starting an online TEFL course…so I’ll be updating/giving my opinion and such on that.

In late September I’ll be in Guatemala for 10 days -so excited!

I’m currently in the process of applying to teach at a school in Chiang Mai, Thailand -Teaching position starting in June 2014

So yeah, a lot coming up!

Picnic in the park!

Picnic in the park!

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. Nice to meet you. Thanks for finding me. Please keep in touch. What will you be doing in Guatemala? Do you have any plans for teaching before you head out to my neck of the bamboo woods?

  2. Thanks for commenting. I’m going with my family and a few of my friends to the Panajachel area…none of us are big planners, so we’re going to play it by ear. I know that I want to do some hiking, go to a few markets, but I really just want to take in as much as the local scene as possible.

    The school I’m going to work at is Legacy Institute, and is almost purely volunteer (at least for the first year). They have a hard time getting teachers sometimes that they only require two years of education beyond High School. They teach speech, hygiene, English, basic computer skills etc for people from the Hill tribes, but with a majority of them coming from Burma.

    I don’t have a lot of experience teaching, and even though they do train you once you get there, I’m going to start an online TEFL course this winter so I don’t go in completely blind.

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