Return to St. Joseph’s College, Tabwiroa, Abaiang, Kiribati

My work travels took me to Kiribati for a week.  I was SO lucky to have the time to visit three schools where VICS volunteers have been posted in the past.  These are pictures from St. Joseph’s College on the island of Abaiang.  There have been many changes – check them out!!!   Come take a walk through the compound and see what you remember…


Starting from the lagoon side:

cross on lagoon side  school sign by lagoon  school sign by lagoon  road from lagoon to school  bwabai pit  bwabai pit  Layout of compound  workshop    workshop  workshop  workshop by the school garden  walking toward the school from the lagoon    St. Joseph's sign

Admin building

Sign on the admin building Admin building IMG_2185 admin building upstairs - John standing where his desk used to be upstairs admin building


U block  U block school bell now in the U Inside the old Form 3 classroom  Science Lab Home Ec unused sewing machines in HomeEd storage Nanotaake teaching computer room - Old Form 5 classroom Inside classroom

Dining Room

dining hall dining hall sing dining hall dining hall School Mwaneaba

IMG_2186  IMG_2184  new mwaneaba, rebuilt in 2007 after the other was burned down - larger nowas


church inside the church church

New Guest House – Old Volunteer House

guest house - the old volunteer house  inside guest house where bedrooms were open area of guest house where there used to be walls behind the guest house - kiakias for sleeping where a wall used to be Shower and bathroom behind the guest house

Boys’ Dorm Area – Auiang

Boys' mwaneaba, Auiang Boys' dorm, Auiang Boys' dorm, Auiang Boys' mwaneaba, Auiang  Walk from St. Joseph's to Auiang

Girls’ Dorm Area

Inside the girls' dorm girls' dorm - getting ready to leave - year end...and school uniform girls' dorm

New Guest House

behind the new volunteer house new volunteer house new volunteer house - next to the clinic

Other Buildings

school clinic teacher houses beside basketball court Team mwaneabas by football field Inside old workshop - small dorms now

Preschool on Lagoon side

preschool house on the lagoon side where the boathouse used to be inside the preschool building Preschool

School Garden – There is a lot of work being done on Abaiang and Tarawa to promote growing gardens.  An agricultural group was at the school teaching the students how to prepare soil.  The garden already has sweet potatoes and pumpkins.

students in the school garden staff garden - common on the island now preparing the soil Sr. Maata with students pumpkins under shelter growing sweet potatoes students in the garden students in the garden students in the garden