Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas) is a small island nation with 33 islands located at the core of the Pacific Region (Ocean). The Kiribati islands are dispersed over an exclusive economic zone (ocean) of more than 3 million sq. km (1,351,000 sq. miles), the only place on earth where the Equator straddling the International Date Line at its easternmost point and stretching 5,000km west to east and 2,000km north to south.
Although Kiribati has only a tiny landmass (approximately 810 sq. Km), its vast ocean equals the size of the United States and is essential to the lives of more than 103,000 people as a source of living and economic sustenance.
Kiribati is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change. Rising sea levels (our highest point is just a few metres above sea level), changing sea temperatures and changes in weather patterns, all impact on how our people can continue to survive. For example, rising sea levels impact on whether we can live on our land and harvest food on it. Changing sea temperatures impact on fishing stocks and whether our fishers can catch enough fish for their families. Changing weather patterns can mean droughts, tidal surges and other events which can impact on health, housing and many other aspects of lives.
The official spoken language used at the work place is English, but the native language is I-Kiribati (Gilbertese) is spoken widely at all the islands. I-Kiribati speak a language of the Austronesian family, which extends of Southeast Asia and most of the Pacific islands.
The Kiribati people (I-Kiribati) are Micronesians in appearance and a very friendly and caring race as part of their culture and norm.
The I-Kiribati are well known to being optimistic, enthusiastic, and disciplined. They are respectful of other cultures, making them excellent team players in a culturally diverse working environment.
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