Touraken and a Sorry Ceremony

Even after being in Vanuatu for more than a year and adopting many local customs and practices, I found myself in a situation where I just couldn’t shed my American cultural lens. I was eating lunch in my house on an ordinary day in July when there was a knock at the door and two …

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The Gender & Development Committee’s Leadership Camp

The Peace Corps Vanuatu's Gender and Development Committee designed a Leadership Camp that I attended, last December, with one of my closest friends from the village, Matilda. We traveled to the beautiful island of Malakula for a weeklong training-- part workshop, part American-style summer camp-- with 14 other PCVS, each with a counterpart from their villages, led …

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The Challenge of Designing and Funding the Port Narvin Solar & Technology Project

The closing ceremony of a Kindy workshop we hosted here in Port Narvin inspired me to introduce to my community the opportunity of applying for a grant through the Peace Corps to fund a large-scale project. Despite some road blocks, we’ve been working hard on a project to replace our school’s benzene-run generator with a solar …

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Manaro’s Eruption on the Island of Ambae

The past few months have been a busy time in Vanuatu. President Baldwin Lonsdale passed away in office and the electoral college at the parliament chambers elected Obed Moses Tallis as the 9th president of Vanuatu. Construction has begun on the Vanuatu Aviation Infrastructure Project (VAIP) after a Chinese company won the contract for it. Vanuatu …

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