Sarah, Vanuatu

Vanuatu, happiest place on earth


A yellow fishing boat bounces through the turquoise and shark infested Pacific Ocean along the coast of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. The tiny speck of land, only a dot on the map rises impressively out of the waves into a cloud of mist. The exotic jungle on top of it will be my home. The people on the boat with me will be my family. The adventure in my heart will be my life blood for the next six months.


I didn’t know it then but this was the best decision I’ve made my whole life. Even though teaching kids a forth language is difficult to say the least, it’s rewarding. There isn’t any electricity or internet but there is a pervasive, simple joy.

I couldn’t speak the local language and cried once a month but I laughed every day. There’s nothing like Vanuatu it in the whole world. It truly is the happiest place on the planet.

Submitted by: Sarah Rouse