Allow me to introduce my self…

“We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” -T.S. Eliot

This is the chronicle of my two-year adventure as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the beautiful South Pacific.  Originally from South Coast Massachusetts, I currently reside on the far-off North-Western coast of Koro Island, Fiji.  I’m part community health empowerment facilitator, part villager, part professional improvisor!  Days on an outer island vary… I can be found talking at village meetings, weaving trinkets on shady benches, drinking kava at a soli, conducting an NCD outreach, fishing in the reef, chasing people down for community walks, serving church tea time, making coconut oil, gardening with the kids, looking for my cat, running a food demonstration, having impromptu health conversations, napping under mango trees, coordinating beach cleanups, collecting seaweed, teaching yoga, weeding on the farm … but what never changes is that it’s always changing! …and always on Fiji time 🙂

korobeach

So, WHY did I join the Peace Corps? Well, I believe in purposefully pursuing the things that challenge me.  Moving to some far off corner of the world with little idea of what I’ll do was at one time quite intimidating!  We must at some point leave the familiar and embark on a journey to discover what is genuinely ours to offer the world.  Part of this adventure is the opportunity to strip away the layers of what I think I know about myself and the world and see what’s left.  My motto is, “If it scares me, then go for it!” It has served me well thus far.

The other reason to join the Peace Corps was to live in a community of people and to find a way to be of service with that community.  In the words of Bill Plotkin, “inwardly, your image of the world and your place in it is whole… and outwardly you return with a sacred task to perform in your community, a gift that contributes to the healing and wholing of the world“.  Being part of a village community has challenged  and blessed me in ways I never imagined. In this experience I desired a greater connection to the basic necessities of life: community and purpose.  It’s hard to forget what this means in a place like Fiji, where I simply can’t survive without my village and without some effort!

In blogging I share moments that remove me from time and space, experiences both universal and unique.  I hope that as I endeavor to connect the dots my thoughts will resonate with others, inspiring “aha” moments, questions, raised eyebrows, laughs and most importantly: reminders that we are all connected.

Well then… stay tuned for plenty pacific meditations and countless mercurial musings!

                      “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” -Henry David Thoreau

If you would like to send me snail mail:

Carissa Wills-DeMello
Nabasovi Village
Post Office Nasau
Koro Island, Fiji Islands
South Pacific

Letters are my favorite (and best considering my lack of power/desire to be somewhat disconnected while here), but if you would like to email me: carissa.wills.demello@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The contents of this website are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the U.S. Government or the Peace Corps.

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