An Oceanian island, Vanuatu is a Y shaped island made up of 82 relatively new islands of volcanic origin. With an extremely tropical climate – with nine months being hot and rainy weather – the island attracts the attention of many westerners.
The island gains its fortune from their agriculture, offshore financial services sectors and raising cattle. Raising cattle is a huge part of their economic infrastructure as it involves beef production for export.
In fact, on average, each household in Vanuatu has five pigs and 16 chickens which they use to feed themselves and their families.
The national language of the Republic of Vanuatu is Bislama however French and English is employed for political conversations. Christianity is the most prominent religion currently practised by locals in Vanuatu.
The island is divided into three major cultural regions. In the north, wealth is established by how many pigs a family has while in the centre there is a more traditional Melanesian cultural system and further south a system of grants and title means everything.
Young men of the island will go through a number of coming-of-age ceremonies and rituals in order to introduce them into manhood and what lies ahead for them. In fact, most villages in Vanuatu house a nakamal – or village club house – where men will meet up as a place to drink kava and discuss business.