I'm a Business Advising Officer with Tonga Development Bank, holding trainings for small business owners on record keeping, advising individual business people, and training internal staff on business principles throughout Tonga. I'm also working as a marketing volunteer with Tonga's oldest women's craft organization, as well as with Tonga's newest women in business association.
Contributions from Elena
Mark dug the knife into the side of the pig, it's golden roasted skin crackling as he drew it down to its foreleg, carving out a generous haunch for the guest of honour sitting to his right: a pastor that would, at 10PM later that night, be one of the dozen preachers to give consecutive messages until bell rang 2011 in at midnight. We were sitting at a long table, looking out across green Tongan fields from the airy porch where the feast was set, red flowered cloths tacked up in horizo...
A lot of people assume that Peace Corps is a certain way: noble, self-sacrificing people leaving it all behind to live among throngs of starving children in the middle of nowhere -- or, The Peace Corps Experience. We are not living the Peace Corps Experience. No doubt, some people do live something more similar to this way, but even then, it is almost never exactly the noble ideal.Instead of living the Peace Corps Experience, my husband Mark and I are living what could be called The Peace Cor...