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Stories from Tonga

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

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Dewey in a Thai classroom

We are celebrating Pride Month by sharing the voices, experiences, and insights of members of the Peace Corps’ LGBTQI+ community.

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Each and every day is a chance to protect and better our planet. Whether they’re an educator, agriculturalist, or environmentalist, Peace Corps Volunteers strive to make a positive environmental impact in their countries of service.

students examine objects from Tonga

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Robert Goetschkes has organized Peace Corps Day activities in classrooms for about 20 years.

VIDEO: A day in the life in Tonga
Bernadette Chatman 1

Peace Corps, the opportunity to travel to another country and serve, was always a dream of mine. 

Tonga Volunteers wait to greet the new arrivals
August 31, 2017 was a big day for Tonga Group 82.
Hangin' in there

Our five intrepid Volunteers who described their "Successes" in a previous web site posting are back! 

G80 arrives in Tonga, September 2015

Tonga Group 80 Volunteers gathered for two days at the end of July, 2017 for their “Close/Continuation of Service (COS) Conference” at a seaside resort on the main island of Tongatapu.   

Peace Corps, Steppin' Lively
On July 4th, Volunteers joined Tongan staff and community members to celebrate two versions of a national holiday.
Tongan boys with low-tech toys
Tonga Volunteers recently sent in their semi-annual Volunteer Report Forms.
Cate and Kelsi on the Camino de Santiago

A friendship between returned Volunteer Cate (Togo 2005-07) and current Volunteer Kelsi (Tonga 2016-18) grew through letter writing and a shared love of art. The weekly exchange of letters has helped encourage Kelsi during her service.

Cambodia water project

Around the globe, Peace Corps Volunteers work with local counterparts to design and implement safe, affordable and sustainable water and sanitation projects.

Tonga Group 77 welcomes Group 78 (Sept. 2013)

Peace Corps/Tonga is now producing a series of short videos which tell who we are and what we do. 

Since 2015, a team of Tonga Volunteers has been collaborating with Tongan agencies, artists, writers, and editors to create an innovative series of print materials for use by students, teachers, and other stakeholders like parents. Examples include:
Putting the tank in place
At a time when changing weather patterns have brought drought conditions to island nation Tonga, a growing number of Peace Corps Volunteers are doing special projects to upgrade the water catchment systems their schools and communities rely on.