Ep #015: Christine Blackburn, Kingdom of Tonga 1996-1997

Christine Blackburn, a 3-time Moth Story Slam winner, renowned storyteller and podcaster, tells the story of her time in Tonga.

Photos from Christine’s Story

Christine’s Peace Corps Story

Where and when did you serve? What did you do?

Kingdom of Tonga 1996-1997

What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories?

Cooking a Thanksgiving meal out of spaghetti and fudge with my fellow volunteer Michelle.

What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?

The cockroaches in the latrines

What do you miss about the Peace Corps?

The comradery with other volunteers. The sense of purpose.

What is something you learned in the Peace Corps?

It is possible to be very happy with very little material things. but you need other people…connections…

Do you have a favorite quote or local saying?

In the Tongan language, the word “faka” is similar to “very”… so everything is faka-this and faka-that.. Faka-ofa-ofa means “very beautiful”…

Christine’s Peace Corps Story on the Story Worthy podcast

Special Closet Confessional: That time I joined Peace Corps

Special Closet Confessional: That time I got medivacked

Special Closet Confessional: Back Home for Chemotherapy

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