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Stories from Fiji

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Fiji.

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Four Volunteers walk together towards a mountain on their vacation in Malawi

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.

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Returned Volunteers leverage Peace Corps service to improve communities at home.

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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.

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Peace Corps Volunteers come to service with a wide variety of skills, perspectives and life experiences.


May is nationally recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month.

Asian American Volunteer with the women from her Nadroga Navosa village

On my first day at site, there was a funeral in the village for my counterpart's father.

Women sitting at two tables listening to a business conference and taking notes.

Instead of going about their days as usual, young women from various villages, cities, and towns, were preparing to battle the floods and storms to arrive the next day for a Women’s Symposium.

Playing "Let it Go" from Disney's Frozen in my host village

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. 

Stronger Than Winston

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.

Carly Siuta Fiji

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. 

Moldova Volunteer Albert Sou reading to kids

Beginning in 1986, I served as an early childhood teacher trainer in Haiti.