It's a Samoan pub.

October 9, 2006: The beginning of my adventure in the Peace Corps. I've been invited to serve as an Information and Communication Techonology volunteer to teach computer skills in Samoa. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog are mine and do not in any way reflect the views of the Peace Corps, the US government, or the country of Samoa.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


I must admit that when I first read that my assignment would be in Samoa, I thought 'Where?' The only connection I made was with a small piece of dialog in "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels".

Once known as Western Samoa, the Independent State of Samoa is a collection of ten islands in the South Pacific, roughly the area of Rhode Island. The population is a little below 180,000 which is not as small as my hometown, but it's not that much larger. They speak both English and Samoan (Even though they speak English, Volunteers still need to learn Samoan).

My Address:
Meghan Veltri, PCV
Peace Corps
Private Mail Bag
Apia, Independent Samoa
South Pacific

If you would like to visit me, please let me know! There are a few restrictions on time but most of the time visitors will be more than welcome!

Peace Corps

In less than three weeks I'll be on my way to the first step of Peace Corps training. It all begins with Staging, a two day orientation that takes place in the United States. We meet fellow volunteers who will be headed to our service region and after a bunch of back-to-back classes and final preparations we all board a plane and fly to Training. For three months we will study the culture and the language. In my specific country, I will be living with a local family while I train. After training we are then split up to our individual assignments. Some of us will live with families, some will have roommates, and some will live alone. For the next two years of Service, not only will we have our primary assignment to work on, but there will be numerous secondary projects to keep us busy.

For all of you planning to join the Peace Corps, start the application process as soon as possible. It WILL take a long time. If you truly want to go, be prepared to work for it. It took nearly a year between starting the application and receiving my invitation (Yes, invitation. After reviewing your application and interview, the Peace Corps will Nominate you for a position and start you on your medical paperwork but you do not get to go until you are Invited by the country). For all of you currently working on your application or going through the medical stage, hang in there. It seems overwhelming but you'll get through it.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.