Malo e lelei from Tonga!
We arrived at Tonga’s International Airport at 1:20am; tired, but eager to get started on this amazing experience. Upon arriving at the airport and claiming our baggage, we were greeted by the Principal of Tupou College as well as a number of boys and staff, who presented us with floral leys. After a short bus ride to Tupou College, we settled in to our accommodation.
We awoke this morning excited for our first full day of the tour. After a delicious breakfast prepared by the Tongan women, we went back to our dormitory to get ready for the day’s activities. We started the day with a tour of the Tupou College campus and farm, which was amazing. We were lucky enough to be shown around by Mai Tolu (ON 2017) and Sione, who explained to us how the farm and school operated. We walked through the expansive farm, which is where all the food consumed by the College is grown, and then into the rainforest, where we were able to see different native plants and animals.
After lunch, we went down to the farm to weed the soil and work on the crops. This was a great experience for all of us, as we were paired with a Tupou boy who taught us how to work on the farm, as well as the opportunity to get to know the Tupou boys.
In the evening, we had another delicious meal prepared by the generous and kind Tongan community.
Our first full day in Tonga has been an amazing experience and we’re all looking forward to the experiences to come over the next week.
– Ben Wainman & Callum Stewart