Right off the bat, episode 4 plunges into the adventurous lives of Longwood Alumni, Amelia Erickson ’19 and Makayla Hostetter ’19. After they graduated, these courageous women embarked on the experience of a lifetime when they headed to a remote village, Quinhagak, Alaska, for their first year of teaching. Their lives in bush Alaska, which encompass a multitude of different challenges and unique moments, are completely captivating.

Erickson and Hostetter, who are full of passion and a contagious excitement, share about their distinct experiences with Alaskan culture, such as their first time in a maqi, a.k.a a steam bath, obtaining basic necessities, and how putting themselves in a completely unfamiliar position has pushed them to grow, learn, and adapt in ways that were completely unimaginable. As they recount all about their community and adventures so far, they face the question of whether they will stay in Alaska or return home. Listening to Hostetter and Erickson will inspire every individual to push themselves out of their comfort zone and enjoy the journey of growth that is a result. 

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