About

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Photo taken at the Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

I’m Lindsey, the blogger behind Letters From Lindsey Rose. I’m a 22 year-old from Detroit, with big goals and even bigger dreams. I initially created this blog to document and share my adventures in the Netherlands, where I studied abroad at Hogeschool Utrecht during the spring semester of 2016. I was away from home for 7 months and I was able to travel to 7 countries in that time. I lived in Utrecht, Netherlands and Gozo, Malta, plus I was able to visit Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Wales and England. It was the experience of a lifetime, and I look back on my time spent in Europe fondly.

I always knew I wasn’t going to be staying in Michigan for too long, and I was right! In October 2016, I was invited to serve in the Peace Corps as a Secondary Education English Teacher in Mongolia. In May 2017, I headed to Mongolia to begin my 27 months of service. I recently finished Pre-Service Training (PST) and moved to my permanent site, where I’ll be living for the next two years. I’m very excited for the journey ahead, and I’m excited to share the highs and lows of living in Mongolia with my readers!

Feel free to follow my travels, read about how I lived abroad on a student budget, how I battled culture shockmy decision to apply to the Peace Corps, and so much more!

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9 thoughts on “About

  1. lexklein October 21, 2016 / 2:03 am

    How exciting! When I went to Mongolia in August, I traveled with a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who had taught English on the steppe west of Ulaanbaatar. Do you know where you will be yet (probably not)?

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    • Lindsey Hogan October 21, 2016 / 4:39 am

      That’s so awesome! I don’t know where I will be yet unfortunately, but I’m hoping to be placed somewhere on the steppe too!

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  2. Daal December 16, 2016 / 5:41 am

    Am so glad for you, Lindsey! especially since you’re generous to share it all with us 🙂

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  3. jimbagsh January 13, 2017 / 12:14 am

    I’ll be joining you in May as one of the M28s. Sounds as if you’ve had a great year and I know the year ahead will be even more awesome. I’m curious, why did you hope for an invite to serve in Mongolia?

    Jim

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    • Lindsey Hogan January 13, 2017 / 1:12 am

      Yeah, I think these next few years will be very exciting for the both of us! I actually don’t have a good reason for wanting to serve in Mongolia. I read the description on the website of the open position and I just had a gut feeling I was going there. I really felt like I knew it from the beginning. But after researching more and more about the country and culture, I began to realize how wonderful it would be and it solidified everything for me!!

      Did you choose Mongolia in your preferences? Or was it a surprise?

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      • jimbagsh January 13, 2017 / 1:21 am

        That is awesome. It still amazes me how some things just ‘feel right’. We never really know where our paths will take us, do we? Like you, I’m super excited. Can’t wait till May. 🙂

        I was a volunteer English teacher at a Buddhist center in Ulaanbaatar for 4 years. It was my first teaching job and I fell in love with it and my Mongolian students. I told them I would return some day.

        But for the last 3 years, I’ve been a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand as an ESL teacher trainer. So, when I started to think about what to do after I finish here, I decided to re-apply to the Peace Corps. I only put Mongolia on my choices and was a bit afraid they wouldn’t like it since I only gave that option. But I got the invite.

        So, 76 more days for me in Thailand, then I go back to be with family a couple of months, then join you and the rest of the M28s. Yes, the next couple of years are going to be exciting for all of us!

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      • Lindsey Hogan January 13, 2017 / 1:32 am

        Wow that’s great! It’s nice that you’ve already lived in Mongolia before. I’m sure that will make the culture shock phase go by really fast!
        How do you like Thailand? Will you be a teacher trainer in Mongolia as well? Or a Secondary Education English Teacher?
        Yeah, Mongolia was my first choice but I also put Kosovo and “anywhere in the world.” I would have been happy to go anywhere but when I found out I was being interviewed for Mongolia I was over the moon!!
        How has it been being away from family for so long? That’s my biggest worry. I am planning to have my mom visit me though.
        I’m so excited to meet our group!!

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      • jimbagsh January 13, 2017 / 4:22 am

        Thailand is like the opposite of Mongolia in every way except both Thais and Mongolians have generous hearts.

        Yes, I’ll be a teacher training again.

        I’ve been away from home 7 of the last 9 years. I still get homesick but the more I integrate into my community, the less I feel it (except maybe around the holidays). But don’t worry, you’ll be part of a big PCV family and that will help a lot, like during the holidays (you have an open invitation to celebrate Thanksgiving with me where ever I end up).

        PST (pre-service training) is tough but the friendships you make there will last a lifetime. 🙂

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  4. jimbagsh January 13, 2017 / 1:25 am

    PS. My Mongolia blog is jimwandering.wordpress.com. My site called jimbagsh.wordpress.com (Anglihel.com) is my ESL website for students.

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