Life in American Samoa
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 17, 2012 11:07 PM Last Post By: peteravandever
Nov 3, 2010 9:20 PM
Life in American SamoaI'm considering taking a 2-year job in American Samoa & am interested in what living there is like. Pls. do tell all -- the good, the bad, the ugly, the sublime and the mondo bizarro. Will it be the adventure of a lifetime or my worst nightmare? What is there to do? Good places to eat? Social life in Pago Pago? Cost of living? Inquiring minds want to know! Thanks in advance for any input.
Nov 3, 2010 11:57 PM
1depends a lot on where you are working. Hospital, ASG, private sector, federal, teaching, religious. Each one has positives and negatives.
American Samoa is a lot more diverse than you might think with thriving Chinese, Korean, Filipino and New Zealand communities.
AS can also be a hub for travel around the Pacific.
If you enjoy the outdoors, AS has a beautifully maintained ecosystem of reef and rainforest resources.
You will be welcomed as a privileged minority.
From Pago Pago, JW
Apr 29, 2011 1:19 PM
May 18, 2011 9:04 PM
4Thanks for the responses. I have accepted a job as a public defender in American Samoa, tentatively arriving in late June for a 2-year stay. I'm looking forward to my S. Pacific sojourn and welcome any and all input on life on The Rock. My future collegues have filled me in as best they can, but I suspect I'm embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. Wonderful fun! Burning question: Is there a bookshop on the main island?
May 19, 2011 7:44 AM
May 29, 2011 7:45 PM
6Re: Bookstore. Unfortunately, the book selection is pretty limited. Many of the books are religious in nature that are found at the Wesley bookstore in Fagatogo (town area). Usually, people would go to the library to check out books for leisure, or there are a few stores around the island that, while not their main source of revenue, do also sell books. There's a relatively new store in Nu'uuli next to the gas station across from the 'a'ai (ask one of the locals, they'll know what this is. You'll become accustomed to the lack of street signs soon enough! =)). They have some great murder mysteries and other similar books. If not, I'd advise going to a local bookstore and stock up on cheap books before you go! Hope this helps.
Feb 17, 2012 11:07 PM
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