Meet Iulio Sami from Lotoso’a Saleimoa.
The 17-year-old student of Wesley College at Faleula is enjoying his school break.
But in a different kind of way. He had planned to make use of his time to do a little bit of work for his family.
He just got back from the plantation with his wheelbarrow filled with bananas and coconuts when the Village Voice team approached him for an interview.
“My life is simple and I plan to keep it that way,” he told the Village Voice.
“All that matters to me are my family and my education.
“I’ve decided to do something for my family before going back to school.
“I’ve been helping by cleaning out the lands; I also went to fetch food for the pigs so I pretty much spent my time at the plantation during the past few days of school break.”
Iulio told Village Voice that lazy people are not meant for the village life.
“I may be young but it doesn’t mean I don’t get to work as the older ones, no. When you grew up in the village; you know very well that that’s not how things work here.
“There’s no sitting around and definitely no waking up late.
“I mean usually we wake up early to go to school but now we wake up early to do all our chores before noon. Yes no one gets a free pass when it comes to chores so don’t expect to do nothing because you have to work like everybody else. I know that’s why some of the kids here have left to spend their breaks in Apia but this is what makes a village a village.
“I only have one semester left in school and I also have a little while to spend with family before going back to school so I definitely want to use this break to help them out in getting things done at home.”