After two training villages, one walkabout week, one evacuation to Sydney, and two weeks in Luganville, we are finally about to swear in officially as Peace Corps volunteers! This journey has been long and eye opening.
Lelepa is beautiful little off-shore island blong Efate and I lucked out with the most wonderful host family. My mom and dad are so loving and giving and my host brother is an angel with big doe eyes. Swimming near the massive cave and watching the sun set as pikininis jumped off the nearby rocks was paradise.
Hiking up the mountain to get to Mere is one of my favorite memories, especially the time we hiked up during a thunderstorm, screaming our heads off, finding out the next day that someone got struck by lightning on the wharf.
In Tongoa I spent over 6 hours walking around the island with another trainee, his counterpart, and his host brother. The best part was as we were walking back to the village,we turned around to find a crowd of children screaming our names, running full speed with chickens thrown over their backs.
Makira is the most beautiful and special place in the world with the most adorable pikininis. My heart aches because I won’t be able to go back and work with those kids, but I hope that they will make a speedy recovery after Cyclone Pam devastated the magical mile- long island.
Being evacuated to Sydney was a stressful: are we coming back to Vanuatu, are the people going to be okay, what’s going to happen? It felt like a dream that I could not wake up from.
Our time in Luganville was filled with blue hole swimming, resort chilling, and Champagne beaching.
Our last week here in Port Vila has been rainy and seeing the reality of what they cyclone has done to this country. With the solidification of the decision of not sending me back to Makira, Peace Corps has given me a new siteon Maewo where i will be teaching at a school in the village of Naone.