Thursday, August 26, 2010


It's official! Last Monday, I was invited to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tonga. The Kingdom of Tonga is a tiny country in the Pacific, about a third of the way from New Zealand to Hawaii. I was thrilled to finally receive my invitation, and I could not be happier with my placement! As my main job, I will be participating in the Tonga Expanded Community Education Project as a business teacher. In addition, I will be helping with various extracurricular and community activities. I am hoping to get involved with a choir and maybe help out with a camp for girls. Music and why does that sound so familiar?

I will be leaving for L.A. on October 5th where I will meet the other volunteers going to Tonga (and Samoa, I think?). From there, we will depart for pre-service training in Tonga from October 7th until mid-December. There is lots to do before October rolls around. Today, I finished my passport application, but I still need to do a lot more paperwork. I have a looooong shopping list including, skirts, knives, a rain jacket, a headlamp, and much more. Traveling is also on the agenda, starting with a trip to Louisville and Nashville this weekend. In between that, I will be hanging out with my friends at St. Paul Homes and attending RHS sporting events to support Kristen and Wesley.

I am hoping to post some FAQs soon, so check back if you are curious about things like the food in Tonga and how long I will be gone.

Thanks to everyone for all of your support and love as I start this adventure. I look forward to sharing my stories from the other side of the world!


  1. Hi! =) I'm going to Tonga too, so just dopping by to say hey and yay for us!!

  2. I'm going with you in spirit... Love you!

  3. Nice blog! We are all so excited for you and the rest of group 76 to come in. Perhaps far too excited. :)
    I'm also a business education volunteer, group 75, so if I can answer anything, let me know.

  4. Hi Charity, I am a PCV in Tonga and am currently in the states for medical so if you have any questions feel free to email me.
    Good luck!