Area: 811 sq. km.
Median Age: 20.6
Literacy: 94 %
Languages: I-Kiribati, English
The Republic of Kiribati is an island nation located in the central Pacific Ocean. The country’s 33 atolls are scattered over 3,500,000 square kilometres.
The isolation of Kiribati has led to a unique culture, rich in singing and dancing. Family and community are central to this traditional fishing society, but life does not always match the idyllic image many have of Pacific Island life.
Its coral make-up and limited supply of fresh water limit local agriculture to coconuts, pandanus and breadfruit. Pollution and global warming are damaging the coral reefs and with increased commercial fishing, are reducing the supply of fresh fish available to the local people.
The majority of the country is located less than 3m above sea level. It is expected that many I-Kiribati will be environmental refugees within 50 years.
Below are some profiles of volunteers currently working in Kiribati.
Sue Ryan, a teacher from New Zealand, has volunteered to work as a science teacher with Sacred Heart High School, Kiribati.
Marlene Rasmussen is volunteering as a Bursar for the Diocese of Tarawa and Nauru.
Helena Charlesworth, from Tasmania, is volunteering for Sacred Heart College, Tarawa, for two years.
January 19, 2015
Helena Charlesworth, volunteer at Sacred Heart High School, Tarawa, Kiribati, returns to her placement after Christmas in a very different place SheÂ writes- It was lovely to be back in Australia, especially the week I spent in my home town, Devonport (Tas.) which I hadnâ€™t visited for the past three years. Being with friends there and […]
September 15, 2014
Wednesday 27th August dawned as a normal day, off to work for aÂ busy day in the office. Â At a minuteâ€™s notice I caught the flight to Marakei. Sue needed my car to collect her paint; she collected the paint and dropped me off at the airport. A truck was waiting to pick me […]
January 31, 2014
Palms Encounter group visiting a women’s cooperative in Morobo, Timor-Leste, July 2012 Iâ€™m often asked why Palms runs Encounters to Timor-Leste and Kiribati. After all, Palms isnâ€™t a travel company and the communities that we visit are often not well equipped to accommodate tourists. I absolutely agree with these two statements and strangely enough they […]
November 29, 2013
We have another wonderful group of volunteers, ready to depart for Timor-Leste, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and South Africa.
David Le Bretonâ€™s second Palms volunteer placement will involve sharing trade and management skills at the Teaoraereke Village Workshop in Kiribati.
August 14, 2013
Sue Ryan, a science teacher, lecturer and deputy principal from New Zealand is finding that volunteering in Kiribati is not as slow-paced as one might expect.
May 14, 2013
While reading our volunteer stories in each edition of Palms Post, have you ever wanted to just fly over and see for yourself?
February 18, 2013
This year, for the first time, Palms will bring two Encounter groups to Kiribati.