What is your full name?
My full name is Veisinia Fa'aoso Faletau.
Where did you grow up in Tonga?
I grew up in a village called 'Utulau. It is located in the Western Side of Tongatapu.
Briefly tell us about your family.
I grew up in a family of 7, my parents and 5 siblings. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. I am
the 4th child. My father passed away when I was still in high school and my mother has
been a widow ever since. I now have my own family of 3 which is myself, my husband and
our son. My husband is a seasonal worker in New Zealand. My son is 10 years old and is in
class 5 level.
Where did you study to be a teacher?
I study at the Teacher's training school called Tonga Institute of Education.
Did you always want to be a teacher? Tell me about your path to becoming a teacher.
Yes, being a teacher has always been one of my goals when I grow up. I always look up to
teachers as they are the role models to students. My path to becoming a teacher has been
difficult because I made sure that I completed and passed all my lessons from high school
to tertiary level so that I would be able to accomplish my goal to become a good teacher for
the students that I would teach in the future.
What do you enjoy most about working with US Peace Corps Volunteers?
What I enjoy most about working with US Peace Corps Volunteers is the creativity of the
activities that they prepared to teach English to the students. I have been working with
Volunteers in my class 3 level in which this is the level that students are starting to learn
about the English language. The Volunteers help students with activities which make them
memorize the English alphabets, days of the week and months of the year. By the end of the
year, students were able to memorize them and spell them correctly.
What are your plans for the future?
One of my plans for the future is to further my studies and be able to complete my
Bachelor in Education. I always wanted to be the best teacher for my students in the future.
Veisinia “Vei” Fa'aoso Faletau grew up in a village called 'Utulau, located in the Western Side of
Tongatapu. She grew up in a family of seven, her parents and five siblings. She has two brothers and two
sisters and is the fourth child. Her father passed away when she was still in high school, and her mother
has been a widow ever since. Vei now has her own family now, her husband and a son. Vei’s husband is
a seasonal worker in New Zealand and her son is 10 years old and is in Class five.
Veisinia has been a Class three teacher at GPS Tokomololo since 2014 and trained at the Tonga Institute
of Education. She is currently working on her bachelor’s in education. Becoming a teacher has always
been her goal growing up. Vei always looked up to teachers as they are role models to students. Though
her path to becoming a teacher has been difficult, but with hard work and resilience she made sure that
she completed and passed all her lessons from high school to tertiary level. This tenacity ensured that
she would be able to accomplish her dream of becoming a good teacher and a role model and the best
teacher possible for the students that she would teach in the future.
What Vei enjoys most about working with US Peace Corps Volunteers is the creativity in the activities
that they prepare when teaching English to students. She has been working with US Peace Corps
volunteers in her Class three since 2014. Class three is the level that students start to learn about the
English language and Vei says that PC volunteers have presented students with fun activities which help
them learn the English alphabet, days of the week and months of the year. By the end of the school
year, students were able to learn letters and sounds plus and spell so many words correctly!
Veisinia “Vei” Fa'aoso Faletau is a passionate, hard-working teacher. She and I worked together from
2014-2015 at GPS Tokomololo.