Sunday, December 20, 2009

I am a Peace Corps Volunteer!

Malo e lelei!
Welcome to The Kingdom of Tonga!

Upon arrival in Tonga, there was a tsunami warning....
this will be my life for the next 2 years.

We stayed in the capital of Nuku'alofa for 4 days where we had basic cultural and language training. Afterwards, we jetted off to the Ha’apai group, which is an group of islands not developed whatsoever. I lived in the village of Lotofoa which had approximately 200 people for 8 weeks. There we took language classes in the morning and culture activities during the afternoons.

Everyone knew us as we were celebrities.

The first 4 weeks of training was language and cultural training. The two weeks after that was model school. And the last two weeks was cultural and language training.

Tonga is gorgeous! It is the beginning of summer so it is very hot and humid. I am getting tan but I can not show my shoulders nor knees so you can imagine what I look like.

I am currently at my site, in Nieafu on the Island group of Vava'u. It is amazing! It is the northern most island group of Tonga. It is a city of 5,000 people that brings in tourism during whale watching season. You can swim with the whales between June and October. I am living on my school compound which is on Mount Talau. I have a gorgeous view of the ocean from my bedroom window, I can't complain. I am living right next to my principal and her family and The Free Church of Tonga and the minister and his family.

I am around a 15 minute walk to town. The town is mostly one strip with stores. It is a big boating expat community and lots of Tongans.

Friday, September 18, 2009


You may use the following addres to send letters and /or packages to me until I get my final placement ( which should be 10 weeks after 10/6)

Carolyn Winik, PCT
Peace Corps
PO Box 147
Kingdom of Tonga
South Pacific

It is recommended that packages should be sent in padded envelopes if possible, as boxes tend to be taxed and opened more frequently.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Step 1

I just got my flight details. I am getting into LAX on Monday, October 5th, around 2:30. Then, Tuesday, October 6th we have orientation and we leave around midnight for Tonga. I don't know how long that will take.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Hello Tonga

I am leaving for Tonga on October 6th to join the Peace Corps!!