Peace Corps’ Virtual Service provides a unique opportunity for U.S. citizens to donate their services and collaborate online with counterparts abroad on short-term projects. Early pilot participants were also returned Peace Corps Volunteers and for many, engaging online with dedicated counterparts inspired them to serve once more in person.
Seven years ago I started meditating with a group of women, and my increased spiritual awareness has led me to seek a peaceful and serene environment, which I have found in my host country of Fiji. I appreciate the relaxed attitude—don’t worry about deadlines; we can get that job done tomorrow or next week. As a retiree, this attitude is just right for me.
Life in Fiji begins with rhythm, whether it is mothers patting their baby’s bums to get them to sleep or hearing the village lali (traditional drum of the south pacific, pronounced “lah-lee”) proclaim morning devotionals at 5:30 a.m.
Fiji is a nation known to many Americans only by that iconic bottle of volcanic water and an overly dramatized season of "Survivor." As Peace Corps Fiji Volunteers, we have the distinct honor of taking a step beyond most and serving our country in this gorgeous, culturally diverse island nation.
I am currently six months into my Peace Corps service in Fiji. I know this may sound like a vacation – it’s true that my life here is really great – but my home in Fiji is probably quite different from what you imagine.