Jessica Molloy
Jessica Molloy
Dominican Republic 2019 - 2020
I am traveling to La Vega, Dominican Republic and will be working with New Hope Girls! This is a safe house for girls ages 4-17 seeking refuge from dark and difficult places. I will be the certified teacher on site of the safe house! Read More About Jessica →

something familiar

You know in life people say that they are starting a new chapter. Although I am in a new chapter of my life, there will be many things brought up in this chapter from the previous chapter. 

I’m ready for that previous chapter to show up a lot in this chapter. I’m ready for the lessons of facing my fears, using my patience, and the sweet love that the Dominican showed me to enter this chapter. Now what is that chapter? 

When I decided to go to the Dominican Republic, I thought getting the furthest away was the best option for me. I thought it would push me, grow me, and unveil the real me. That it did. I wouldn’t change my time in the Dominican for the world, that time was special and incredibly important. But I did learn during this time that I need family. I never thought I would think that way, I thought I wanted to be far from anything familiar to stretch my horizons but at least for a little while, I need family. With that, I moved to Annapolis, Maryland where my parents live for six months out of the year and the entirety of my dad’s side lives. Since I moved around a lot when I was little, Maryland was always a constant for our family. Maryland was always on the agenda for Christmas time or summer time. Maryland feels like home to me. 

As I make this transition back to life in the states, I’m nervous but excited. The transition hasn’t been the easiest but that is a work in progress….aren’t we all just a work in progress?? Among the needed self care and reflection, I started applying for teaching jobs in the area. I landed on a Spanish Immersion program in Prince George’s County, MD and they offered me a Kindergarten position! It truly is the dream. 

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