Samoa: Pacific communities and social change

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(Photo 1) Darriel McBride learns the Samoan art of elei from Shalina Prescott. (Photo 2) Jackson Whithouse learns elei from Loimata Siona. (Photo 3) SIT students and PTK members.

“I felt fortunate sharing my culture with someone so eager to learn about the Samoan culture and language. There is a strange complexity that comes with getting to know another person from far away, and yet in four days we were able to form a bridge between two separate parts of the world."

SIT guide Jackie Faasisila, who has led a number of previous SIT groups on their visits to American Samoa, expressed her appreciation for the openness and acceptance the visitors always receive from their PTK hosts.

“Members and new initiates of PTK are to be commended for their willingness to host SIT students,” said Mrs. Faasisila

“The ways in which SIT students are welcomed into their homes and families truly exemplifies Samoan hospitality. The exchange is mutually beneficial and the activities of the week are more and more driven by students. Well done, PTK.”

Other PTK students and their SIT guests included Oina Leo, who hosted Jakaimy Caceres of New York; Tabitha Tuigamala hosted Margret Doemland of Connecticut; Anasthesia Ah Futu hosted Lindsay Feeney of Massachusetts; Amber Ropeti hosted Elise Lee of New Jersey; Vaimalu Vaiau hosted Remy Jennings of Georgia; Elizabeth Leo hosted Darriel McBride of New York; Gavin Seumalo hosted Zachary Magin of Connecticut; Faavela Ah Sam hosted Azure Reid-Russell of New York; Maria Ionae hosted Jaimee Walsh of Rhode Island; and Tamara Bailey hosted Jackson Whitehouse of Ohio.

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