This week’s guest calls her recent teaching experience “faith restoring” and a good reminder that “innocence still exists.”


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Back from a five month stint in Belarus, Fulbright Scholar and Lake Superior College English teacher Jocelyn Pihlaja shares her experience with us. From starting a lending library with books written in English to navigating the squat toilets in fancy shoes, Pihlaja opens our minds to what life is like in the Eastern European country.


If you’d like to donate books to the lending library she talks about in this episode you can send books to:


Parkovaya St., 24-15

Novopolotsk 211446

Vitebsk Oblast, Belarus

*If contents of boxes are stated as being worth less than $22, there are no customs fees.

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