Friday, August 20, 2010


After a summer of anxiety and frustration, waiting to find out when and where I'm going to be spending the next 27 months of my life, my invitation has finally arrived! I have been assigned to the Kingdom of Tonga as a Business Teacher. Although this is a completely different region from where I was originally nominated for (French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa) and a different program too (I was originally nominated to a Business Advising program), I couldn't be happier with my invitation. Although I was eagerly looking forward to finding out what African country I would be assigned to, I can't believe my luck at being placed in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. From the day I first started researching the Peace Corps, I had secretly thought that the Pacific Islands would be my dream assignment. It just goes to show that you never know whats around the corner. A couple of days ago I had thought that I would be learning to speak French while living in Africa being a Business Advisor and today I'm going to be a teacher in a secondary school in the Kingdom of Tonga- a country I had never heard of until I went to the peace corps website for the first time back in March. I leave on October 5th and can't wait!

My Assignment

Country- Kingdom of Tonga
Job Title- Business Teacher

Primary Duties

As Business Advising/Educator, you will be assigned to a secondary or tertiary school where you will strengthen business skills in the classroom.  Volunteers will teach basic economics and accounting as per an established Ministry of Education curriculum and work to design additional school-based curriculum that will introduce specific business skills that address business issues relevant to Tonga.  Volunteers will work to improve teaching instruction and informal class-room assessment; design instructional materials for the classroom; and expand extra-curricular activities and educational resources related to business. 

Opportunities for Secondary Projects

In addition to their primary work assignments at school, many volunteers often become involved with school-based and loca community-driven projects that contribute to the sustainable development of their community and strengthen its ability to meet its future needs.  The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and student and community interest.  These projects often focus on strengthening students' acquired knowledge, improving health and wellbeing, generating income, increasing environmental awareness or addressing a particular community identified priority.  Some of these development projects are supported during a Volunteer's spare time in the States to support a local community project or group.

Many current Volunteers have organized community and youth groups, coordinated sports and recreational activities, assisted with night classes, conducted Saturday morning story hours at local libraries, or helped youths perform research on the internet at local school or cyber cafes. 

So thats the main idea of my assignment.  Theres a lot more in the packet I've been sent but I don't feel like typing the whole thing out.  Also I will be learning to speak Tongan and be considered a member of the faculty at the school I am assigned to.