Category culture

We Are Fiji

Throughout my service I have noticed that portrayed on television and billboards, Fijians are often falsely depicted, with light skin and long wavy hair. Now this is not to say that no Fijian has light skin and wavy hair, but this is not the norm. For those of you back home whom have wondered, “What do Fijians look like?”, here are […]

A Little Bit of Culture

This past week our school, Tailevu North College, held a bazaar to raise money for their next project- Staff Housing. These are some pictures of our students thanking the donors for supporting their efforts in saving +$5,000fjds and for the guests generous donations. Below, the students are performing a sevusevu, where they present a gift of yaqona to […]

A Sweet and Sour Treat

Today is the day I finally stumbled across the sweet and sour treat I have been waiting for – starfruit or wee wee (meaning sour in Fijian). This tropical fruit is truly unique and an incredibly nutritious snack that contains: dietary fiber, Vitamin B and C, minerals, electrolytes, and antioxidants. I am a huge fan of this fruit, as any kind of sweet and […]

The Nasautoka Way

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the Nasautoka Village’s Eco-Tourism Project, where the village youth welcomed various travelers from around the world by introducing them to their Fijian culture. The experience allowed visitors to partake in a traditional welcome ceremony, ride on a bilibili (raft) down the river which is their main […]

Kindergarten Learning Center Project

Six months ago, as I approached my second year serving in Fiji as a Peace Corps volunteer, I sat in my room with the thought that “Before I go, I must do something for my community”. Now, six months later, on February 13, 2017 … Great news! Our small, rural town of Korovou is so […]

Natadradave, Where Miracles Happen

Natadradave is a village in the Dawasamu region of the Tailevu North Province, an area that was deeply affected by Cyclone Winston on February 20th, 2016. And while much aid was provided to assist the villagers in re-establishing a life for themselves, a miracle in any form would have been greatly welcomed. So when villagers […]

A Snippet of Life

As I (and rest of Group 92) reach our 1 year mark in Peace Corps, the previous group of volunteers are reaching the end of their service. While many happy memories have been had here in Fiji, this video will give you a glimpse of the life we share. Hope you enjoy this beautiful video and understand why we love […]