Rebecca Arnold was enjoying her life in Chicago with a budding career in the publishing industry when she felt an itch. Her city life was exciting, but her career was missing something. “It wasn’t lighting any fires,” she says. “I was at a point in my life when I wanted to add value to the world.”
Not long after, Arnold was feeling a different kind of itch as a Peace Corps volunteer maneuvering through the Spiny Desert, a region in Madagascar famous for its thorny, elaborate plants that she describes as reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss book.