Life in the RMI

Living in the Marshall Islands is like biking around a park. It’s soothing and peaceful, but the path might be a little bumpy.

Life in the Marshall Islands is like no other. Living on islands that are about 3 miles long isn’t what you think. Just like America, we have cars (big and small), stores, electricity, good wifi, and different kind of people. We don’t have things like big malls, inside movie theatres, mcdonalds, and more. Our main transportation is by bike or on foot. Biking and walking can be very tiring, but at least we don’t have to worry about gas prices.

The beautiful blue ocean is both our front and backyard. When looking out your window, you’ll see a full view of the ocean. The ocean also serves us a place to transport from island to island. You learn a lot when visiting other islands and you get to meet new people. Everyone knows you and you know everyone, no one is a stranger in the Marshall Islands. You won’t have to worry about getting lost because you are always at home. If you lived here, you wouldn’t worry about locking your house or roaming alone during the day. You get to learn about the RMI history while living in the RMI and experience the marshallese culture. Living in the small islands, in the RMI brings you closer to the people around you.

The bumpy part about living in the Marshall Islands includes hardships that come during the drought, power outages, and shortages of food. Almost every year the RMI experiences all of these. Our water is the number one resource we need out here, since we’re surrounded by salt water that we can’t drink. We have some abilities to desalinate the salt water and somehow turn in into pure clean drinking water. Others have created wells and put water catchments in place to catch rainwater. The power outages are a normal thing in the RMI and we learn to adjust to times with and without electricity. It’s really not a big deal since its an excuse for you to go out and enjoy the beauty of the Marshall Islands, but sometimes it’s a struggle without any power. The shortage of food can cause hungry stomachs, but we’ve managed to get through it. With all these struggles the RMI has gone through, the people living in the RMI have managed to figure out solutions for these problems. Living in the RMI helps you come with solutions to serious problems, and it brings you closer to everyone dealing with the same situations as you.

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