Samoa: Home away from home

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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Tiffany Arthur from Guyana, South America loves every bit of Samoa.

Tiffany Arthur from Guyana, South America loves every bit of Samoa.

If you want a place to relax and meditate then Samoa is definitely that place.

This is the belief of Tiffany Arthur from Guyana, South America.

Tiffany has been here in Samoa for about six months and this is her home for the next two years.

“This is my first time here in Samoa but I’m here for a reason,” she told the Dear Tourist.

“I’m a student at the N.U.S. doing a Masters in Development Studies through a scholarship and Samoa was on that list and I was selected to come here.

“It has been a wonderful experience the people are very welcoming and family-like and it brings that warmth which feels like a home away from home.

“I’m staying with a Samoan family at Vaivase Uta but the care I receive from them feels like I’m back home with my mother.”

Having lived here for about six months, Ms. Arthur said she is missing home but Samoa is giving her every reason not to feel homesick.

“The food is excellent and I have tried the taro, breadfruit and the palusami because I have those in my country as well,” she said.

“The family that I am staying with are lovely and they always make me feel welcome which is why I’m not missing home too much. 

But don’t get me wrong I miss my mother I have to get used to that here because it will be my home for the next two years. It has been an amazing experience so far.

“Whenever I call home I always tell my family that they have to come and visit here because it’s a beautiful place and very religious.

“Samoa is a place to be if people want to have that peace and relax.

“It’s a place to meditate and enjoy life and to be away from their usual busy schedules.”

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