Dworkin speaks to Kiwanis about his experiences in Fiji

Published 10:51 am Monday, January 2, 2012

On Dec. 7, Dan Dworkin visited the Tryon Kiwanis Club to talk about his return to Fiji and the site where he was a Peace Corps volunteer from October 1967 until December 1969. Fiji is composed of 330 islands, of which 30 are inhabited. Dworkin had to learn Fijian, the language of the Fiji people, before he went there. By staying in touch with some of the friends he made, he said he has maintained much of his language proficiency. He said he found the people living in Fiji to be easy-going, relationship-centered and accepting of whatever comes. One of the cultural differences he discovered is that things occur in “Fiji standard time,” which is plus or minus 24 hours. Dworkin displayed many of the items he brought back with him, including the map shown. Mary Sasser (left) invited him to the meeting. (photo submitted by Lynn Montgomery)