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"We are not drowning, we are fighting": Pacific Islanders want you to know that they still have hope for their islands

This blog post originally appeared on the Ocean Leaders blog, which highlights the work of Ocean Leaders fellows. Please consider giving them a follow on social media at… 957 more words

RMI

One week in...

The other volunteers and I have spent the last week orienting and settling in on South Tarawa.

Right now though, I’m setting up home and ironing out some teething problems with our accommodation – plumbing and appliances. 589 more words

Tiabo for now, Kiribati

I’m currently sitting in the departure terminal in Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati. It is a small room made of mismatched wood paneling, with one wall open to the tarmac, and a concrete floor. 660 more words

Coral Reefs

What can I do in a year?

I’m about to board my flights that will take me on a year abroad to Kiribati as an Australian Volunteer.

I’m looking forward to the year ahead as a great personal and growth opportunity. 141 more words

Mauri (Hello)

By the end of April, South Tarawa in Kiribati will be my home for the next year as I embark on a year-long assignment as part of the Australian Volunteers program. 137 more words

Corals are smelly and other anecdotes from the field

There are so many things to love about fieldwork. As scientists, it’s an opportunity to finally get our hands dirty (so to speak) and interact with the systems we’re studying. 889 more words

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Getting to know Tarawa

It was exciting to finally step foot in Tarawa, the capital of the Republic of Kiribati, after hearing about it for so long — my advisor has worked here for a decade or so, and I’ve spent my last three years as his student hearing about his work and its accompanying adventures. 729 more words

Coral Reefs