Vani

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14,870 kmfrom home
"Meeting new people, adapting to a new lifestyle and different climate as well as visiting new places have been great experiences."
Vani
Current Country: 
Kuwait
Country of Origin: 
Fiji

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"I was born and raised in the rural parts of the beautiful island of Fiji, where we mostly depended on root crops and fishing as our main sources of income.  Fiji is a multi-racial and multi-cultural society with the most developed economy in the Pacific thanks to an abundance of forest and mineral resources.  But I wanted to move to an urban area to continue my studies and to try to get a job.

Due to the high cost of living, I decided to come to Kuwait with the help of my younger brother who was already living here. I joined a security company in 2014 as a female guard based with a UN agency. And I’m still working here now!

The last two years have been both very challenging and really interesting to me. Meeting new people, adapting to a new lifestyle and different climate as well as visiting new places have been great experiences, but they have also been difficult.

I’ve tried to understand the diverse customs and traditions. What I love here is how they show their affection in unique daily greetings with a handshake and a kiss on both cheeks. Still holding tight to their religion, men and women regularly get together in social settings, which I find fascinating.

But I have to admit that biggest challenge for me was coming from a country of green forests and tropical climate to the desert life!

All in all, I have been happy here in Kuwait, especially knowing that I am able to support my family back home."

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https://together.un.org            http://usaim.org/            https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org