Ministry of Fisheries however, I can’t say. When we asked them if they wanted a Peace Corps volunteer back in July, they said they would be unable to accommodate me because there were no more funds in their budget. Now that I have my own place to live and would be completely free labor, I have still not heard a word from them. Perhaps they don’t want to have the burden of finding things for me to do. This is quite unfortunate since I do have a background in Marine Biology and could help them with their programs. We’ll see what happens. If MAF doesn’t want me as a volunteer I am going to try to work with Conservation International that does work in Samoa. Their office is up close to my school, so who knows maybe it would even work out better. That’s my update for what’s happening now.
As far as my old village, I am very interested in continuing to help them with any projects they want to undertake. I will be going on at least once a month to do the monitoring on their Marine Protected Area and giant clams. My family although sad, if still very welcoming and want me to come back often to hang out. Overall the move is alright for everyone, and that’s what’s most important. Now my hope is actually getting some work done, but here that’s a pretty big goal.