My best experiences were everyday ones: waking up to the mangrove in my backyard, swimming when I felt like it, spending time with the people at work, feeling a part of the community.... - Technical Assistant, Community Planning, Pohnpei
Living on Yap this summer was one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to live and learn in an environment unique in the world. It may be a truism, but I learned as much about myself and my country as I learned about the people and their island. In a nutshell, my summer cleared away many cobwebs and gave me a much wider perspective on my career, politics, and worldview. I hope I was able to initiate a program with my counterpart that helped Yap move toward a sustainable future. - Technical Assistant, Architecture, Yap
The Technical Assistant was quick to adapt to the working environment and to understand our culture. These personal qualities enabled her to work in close cooperation and harmony with her counterparts and to complete the assignment without difficulty. The transfer of skills was evident. - Chief, Division of Agriculture and Mineral Resources, Palau
Without a doubt, the two Technical Assistants that worked with us this summer had a positive impact on our island. Their efforts will be seen by many residential, business, and government customers in reduced power bills due to energy conservation. - General Manager, Kosrae Utilities Authority, Kosrae, FSM
We are peoples of the islands and the islands are of us, indivisible, a single whole. The islands are embodied in our songs and our dances and in our total way of life. If we look after our islands they will look after us.
For the island does not say: Do not walk on me.
- Francis Bugotu (1937 - 1992), former Ambassador of the Solomon Islands to the United Nations
Stand by me
- Noumea Simi