Week 1 – 14,000 Km Away From Home

Ekamawir Omo! My name is Christsent Rokobuli and I am from the Republic of Nauru, the smallest nation of the PNA, which is located 42 km south of the Equator in the South Pacific Ocean.

I recently started my internship at PACIFICAL, intrigued by the work and knowledge it has to offer. Back at home, I work for the Nauruan government under the Department of Commerce, Industry and Environment. I see many ways in which this internship can help develop the commercial marketing and sales of Nauru, apart from improving my own abilities as a marketer in an international business. I will be managing the Pacifical Insider blog for the next months.

I left Nauru on the 3rd of March and arrived in Oosterhout on March 10thit was quite a journey! I was told that winter season had just passed but to be honest, I was freezing to the bones as soon as I landed.

The landscape here in the Netherlands is breathtaking, as a first-time traveler it still feels like a dream. Spring is on its way and I have the privilege to see changing season. I’m fascinated by the cycling routine, with everyone riding a bike to work or school – probably because we don’t take cycling seriously back in the islands.

On my first day at the Pacifical Headquarters I was greeted with smiles and welcoming gestures. I was given time to look into some work ethics, see relevant websites, familiarize myself with my fellow colleagues, and start learning about the tuna industry (wow!).

Seeing yellowfin tuna in a can and packed frozen is quite extraordinary for me, as there are no tuna canneries in Nauru. I knew that tuna can be used in various ways but to actually see it and taste it is something new, different taste and perspectives of tuna. Pacifical has given me a vivid picture about the importance of tuna so far, and I am eager to learn a lot more for the coming days.

Work flowed through my first week and things got interesting by the day, I was given my initial assignment by the Pacifical Office to prepare a presentation about Nauru. During the following weeks, I expect to gain further knowledge on Tuna Fisheries in the PNA nations and how Pacifical came to be.

Friday came in a flash, so we finished work early and played a Dutch Board Game called Sjolen, a very interesting game (I won the first round!!). Everyone is really open and interactive, it feels just like my office back at home.

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Nauru is the smallest island nation, and the third smallest country in the world! It’s only 21 square km, the size of an international airport.

 

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