Volunteer: Ellen Nabeti
I was an education volunteer on the island of Maiana. I taught middle school English. I was one of the last volunteers to leave Kiribati when the post was suspended.
Contributions from Ellen Nabeti
A long time ago there was a very smart woman somewhere in Kiribati who told all of the men that when she had the "girl sickness;" she shouldn't wash, cook, or clean out of fear of contaminating things. Well, at least that is how I imagine the custom came about. However, that wise woman overlooked one thing... now all the young girls had to tell everyone when their time came for the monthly visitor. And thus began another tradition of having a village celebration on the 3rd day of a girl's ...