Volunteer: Shawn Basey
I'm a current volunteer serving in the former Soviet republic of Georgia (not to be confused with the American state). I volunteer in the Business and Social Entrepreneurship sector, helping develop a small youth center in my village.
Contributions from Shawn Basey
“My house is a balanced ecosystem,” I explained to my two newest couchsurfers, in-between bouts against a large tarantula like spider, using a blue nalgene water bottle as my weapon of choice. They were two girls, traveling from Turkey through the Caucasus and back to Turkey. While on the road, they had explained the hospitality of Caucasian men (in their instance, primarily Armenian men) and how they were near constantly being followed, honked at and groped. They fled from there quickly b...
This was my second Christmas in a foreign land, a land where Christmas is on an entirely different day, so the locals make nothing of it. But to be honest, I never get into a holiday spirit anyway. Holidays are something that I like to believe don’t really affect me, though they might affect my relations with other people and the going-ons around me. They make for themes to parties, but they don’t give me any sense of meaning or reality, no stability of philosophy or character. Character...