Welcome! Thank you for visiting Backpack Matt. My name is Matt Tibbitts and I created this site in 2015 with the hope of sharing blogs, videos, photos, poems and more with my readers. Unless noted otherwise, everything on this site is my own personal work. I attended the University of Scranton on a Presidential Scholarship and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Health Administration. After much consideration, I decided to forgo traditional work opportunities and embark on the incredible journey that would become the inspiration for Backpack Matt.
In January 2015 I packed the majority of my belongings into two suitcases and boarded a plane to Malaysia to begin my ten-month grant as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. I was placed in a rural area of Terengganu, a state located in the northeast of Malaysia. I documented my experiences teaching and traveling through my blog. Upon returning to the United States I decided to continue seeking opportunities to teach and volunteer internationally. After working in the U.S. for about six months I traveled to Honduras where I volunteered at the Good Shepherd Bilingual School for six weeks. From there I began a four-month stint as an English teacher with the English Opens Doors program in Chile. The following year I returned to Camasca, Honduras where I continued teaching at the school and worked as a coordinator for the medical brigades through the Shoulder to Shoulder Organization.
After three years of travel, exploration and a bit of soul-searching, I decided to return to the U.S. full-time and pursue a masters degree. I am attending the Georgetown School of Foreign Service where I currently am focusing on international development. In my second semester, I interned at MSI, a USAID contractor working in their peace and stability unit. That same semester I was accepted into the Wallenberg International Fellows Program, which is sending me to Stockholm, Sweden for the summer.
I am a blogger, poet, and an amateur photographer & videographer. I look forward to sharing all of my work with you and I welcome your feedback.
You may contact me at: Matthew.firstname.lastname@example.org