Category Fiji

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 […]

A Single Female Volunteer Experience

Diving into a society where gender norms differ vastly from those back in America can make for a difficult transition for female volunteers. As Americans, we have been raised in a society that continually strives for gender equality, and where women are now excelling in positions that were once uncharted territory. While this is one […]

This Time We’re Stronger

One year ago from today, on February 20th 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston was the strongest tropical cyclone in the South Pacific that swept through Fiji. With a fewer than a million people living in Fiji, Winston left an uncountable number of families without homes, stripping community members away from their communities, children away from their […]

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 […]

Away for the Holidays as a Peace Corps Volunteer

I have recently been contacted by many individuals interested in joining the Peace Corps about how holidays are in my host country or country of service, and how I cope with being away from my home during the holidays. The holidays are truly what you make them. They can be your lowest or your highest […]

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 […]