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Fiji 2017




Ruth sat quietly at the small kindergarten table practicing her penmanship. Our interest in each other was mutual, but she was too shy to respond until I broke the ice with my elementary Fijian. When she realized we could communicate, a broad smile spread across her face.

Ruth is now in third grade. When I visited her school again last year, she beamed when she saw me, realizing that some foreigners don’t just visit once—some return again and again. .
– Joy Patman ©2014 | PCV Fiji and Ecuador 1988–1991 | Education, Natural Resources

República del Perú
Western South America

Area 18.3K km²

Population 909K (50/km²)

Gov’t Republic

Capital Suva (176K)

GCP/capita $8,800

Unemployment 9%

In poverty 31%

Life expectancy 72 yrs

Infact Mortality 10/1K live births


Literacy 94%

Languages English, Fijian, Hindi

Religions Protestant 45%, Hindu 28%, other Christian 10%

Labor Force Agriculture 70%, industry and services 30%

PCVs 1968–1998, 2003–present CURRENT: 77; Health, Youth Development; TTD: 3,420