1. Fiji The many uses of a PFD

    Peace Corps takes volunteer safety very seriously. A PCV can get kicked out of service if caught on a boat without a Personal Flotation Device. In Fiji, there is lots of water transport and once we were on a bamboo hand-made raft and the water was 2 feet deep but we still had to wear our PFDs.   These cartoons were created to share with peer Peace Corps Volunteers in Fiji and published in PCV newsletters across the Pacific region. 

  2. Fiji Bad PCV Project Ideas

    Most villages do not have a generator, much less running electricity... but it is hotter than anything you can imagine so it can lead to delirium. These cartoons were created to share with peer Peace Corps Volunteers in Fiji and published in PCV newsletters across the Pacific region. 

  3. Fiji Grog Man Wisdom

    Yaqona (kava/grog) ceremonies or gatherings are very traditional, frequent, and often ... unsanitary. The water is often obtained from questionable sources and contains fecal matter and pathogens. The yaqona is mixed by hand - which probably has not seen soap in days or ever. All can lead to a very irritable PCV bowel system. These cartoons were created to share with peer Peace Corps Volunteers in Fiji and published in PCV newsletters across the Pacific region. 

  4. Fiji No Offense

    Fijians are very humble and courteous. "Tulou" means excuse me to the highest degree. You whisper it as you pass people, as you enter a room, as you leave a room, and as you sit down in a room - just to name a few examples. These cartoons were created to share with peer Peace Corps Volunteers in Fiji and published in PCV newsletters across the Pacific region. 

  5. Fiji FCS - Fijian Cross-legged Syndrome

    There isn't much furniture in Fiji so most of your time is spent sitting cross-legged on the floor. Even if there is a chair around, the chief or elder gets it! These cartoons were created to share with peer Peace Corps Volunteers in Fiji and published in PCV newsletters across the Pacific region. 

  6. Fiji Proper Halloween Attire for PCVs in Fiji

    This depicts what is needed for a PCV to endure a yaqona (kava/grog) session - a grog dispensing hat, clappers, arm straighteners, and ankle pads for sitting on the floor for insane amounts of time. But don't forget the root! These cartoons were created to share with peer Peace Corps Volunteers in Fiji and published in PCV newsletters across the Pacific region.   

  7. Fiji Yes, even Santa smokes in Fiji

    These cartoons were created to share with peer Peace Corps Volunteers in Fiji and published in PCV newsletters across the Pacific region. 

  8. Fiji Aid

      Kelly and I were in Suva to assist with training the FRE-8s (Fiji Re-Entry #8 since coup #1) and decided to check out the movie Prince of Persia. I typically try and avoid the movie theater as it is prime territory for personal space invaders. This time was no exception. Behind us sat five young men most likely in their 20’s. During the entire movie they tap danced on the back of our seats, made jokes at all the sexual references or shots of women scantly clad, and snickered every time a ch...

  9. Fiji The Package

    Often it is hard to describe to Westerners why it is sometimes so frustrating doing work, or sometimes anything productive, in third world countries and especially Fiji. I like describing these events not as a way to bash Fiji or the developing world but to help give perspective to those who have never experienced life without all the conveniences the West takes for granted. These conveniences are not just in water, electricity, infrastructure, and food but also relate to a more general sens...

  10. Fiji Cyclone Aftermath

    In ten minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s nuclear weapons combined.   I returned to Kioa on Thursday afternoon. After waiting at the bus stand from 6:45 to 8:00 am and learning there were no buses to Buca Bay and possibly wouldn’t be until next week I searched for alternatives. The Suliven Ferry had pulled into port as well as the Westland, a smaller ferry. The Westland was making a trip to Taveuni. I called our Country Director to see if the all clear had been...

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.