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Mandy Pederson
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Final Day in Vava'u
Saying goodbye is so hard. It seems that with every passing year it gets harder. When I woke up yesterday my first thought was "Wow. This is the last time you'll be sleeping here, Mandy." And as I slowly made my way out of bed I started thinking about this ...
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#thefinal30: days 11-20
These 10 days were filled with lots of wildlife, a few goodbyes, and a leadership camp I had the honor of directing.   Day 11:  Tropical flowers constantly amaze me. They all remind me of something out of a Dr. Seuss book. This one looked like it was a flow...
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#thefinal30: days 1-10
I've been neglecting this little corner of the internet and I'm sorry that I haven't been filling you all in. This time in this 2 year journey has been so sweet - so full of little amazing moments. It's a great reminder of how far we've come the last two ye...
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30 days?
That's it. That's all I have left on this island.  Unreal. October 2012: The day we found out where we'd be living for the next two years! It's crazy to me how fast the last two years have flown. There were moments when I never dreamed I'd be at this point ...
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Thank You!
Well I didn't win the Blog-It home competition and that's okay! I'm so excited for all of the winners and the opportunity to come together to talk about ways to use the third goal of Peace Corps: to bring home the world. And that's what this little blog's g...
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Hello from Tonga!
If you were directed to this little corner of the internet from the Peace Corps Blog It Home Competition, then I'd love to welcome you! I hope you enjoy learning about Tonga and the wonderful people that live in this little island nation in the South Pacifi...
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Camp GLOW/GROW: Fundraising
Working closely with the campers from last year, the counselors chosen for this year's camp and with other host country nationals involved in Camp GLOW and GROW has been such a rewarding experience for Harrison, Joey and I (the co-directors of camp). It's b...
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'Eua
I had the opportunity to spend last weekend visiting two volunteers on the outer island of 'Eua. I'm glad I waited until almost two years into my service because it reminded me of a cross between Vava'u and Northern Wisconsin (home) and thus made me a littl...
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Culture
A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the souls of its people. - Mahatma Gandhi
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COS Conference [part 1]
Together for our final conference together. This week was full of reflection, sharing stories and enjoying each other's company. I'm so proud of these people and so grateful to call them friends.
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