Katy served in Tonga from 2012-2014 in Ha'atu'a, 'Eua.
She worked at the local primary school where she partnered with her Tongan counterparts to teach English and Physical Education.
She currently works at Peace Corps Headquarters in the Department of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection as a Special Assistant to the Associate Director and previously as a Management Analyst and Assistant on the department's administrative team.
She is originally from Boston, MA and loves running and world geography.
Joesph served in Holonga, Vava'u from 2012 - 2014. He taught English to 7-10 year-olds at the elementary school in the village. He was also able to create a training for teachers at all the elementary schools on the island to certify them in first aid and provide family planning information.
He and another volunteer started a sleep-away camp to help to educate young men about sexual and general health, women's rights, and being an involved citizen.
He currently works at the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Loan Finance Officer helping local governments get access to the capital markets to get funding for community and economic development projects.
He currently is a graduate student at NYU studying Urban Planning.
Michael DeVito served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tonga from 2016-2018. As a volunteer, he worked as an English Language Facilitator in the capitol, Nuku’alofa, at St. Francis of Assist Primary School. During his time in Tonga, Michael was able to work alongside Tongans to execute and deliver sustainable projects focusing in cross-cultural diversity, inclusive education, and climate change.
Since serving with the Peace Corps, Michael began working for the international non-profit PAX Program of Academic Exchange. Here, Michael works alongside other global citizens that place international high school students with American Host Families for an academic school year.
Michael is also a part-time student at New York University, where he is studying at the Center for Global Affairs, pursing a Masters in Global Affairs, with a concentration in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance.
Michael was born and raised in Mamaroneck, New York, where he currently resides.
Autumn Thomas served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga from 2013-2015 through Peace Corps’ Masters International program. While also serving as an English Literacy Facilitator in the villages of Faleloa and Hoi she had the opportunity to volunteer with the United Nations Development Program and Tonga’s Government Sustainability Program on projects focusing on women and youth participation in local governance.
Autumn holds a bachelor’s degree in social science education from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts in International and Comparative Education from Florida State University. She currently works as a Project Coordinator for an international development NGO where she works on education programs in Central Asia and the Middle East.
Katie Tongia served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga from 2013-2015. During her service, Katie taught English at Vava’u Side School, co-directed Camp GLOW & GROW, volunteered at the Neiafu public library and local university, and coached girls’ soccer teams.
Katie is FIEFIA LAHI (very happy) to be a part of the Friendly Islands family. She now works at Peace Corps Headquarters in the Inter-America and Pacific Region.