Kiribati Lifestyle and Culture

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Nothing is so uncomfortable as being caught-up between deciding how to behave and not having the chance to do so especially if you're in a foreign land!

We understand that studying abroad can be a life-changing experience and, should you choose Kiribati, our RocApply tips and guides will enhance what will already be a wonderful trip by helping you also understand the culture and etiquette in Kiribati. 

We recommend that you thoroughly go through this guide to enhance your peaceable stay with the Kiribatian.

The country has a unique and remarkable history. Traditionally a nomadic people, Kiribatian are descended from several separate tribes or clans, each speaking a distinct dialect and with its own style of dress.

The people are renowned for their lavish hospitality, respect for seniors, honesty, and sincere generosity. To this day, a visitor will be offered tea and food before even being allowed to explain why he has come! 

Kiribati is westernized, but the Islands retain traditional customs, proof of which is best seen during festival time and in the more remote islands, such as the Outer Islands and Banaba. 


Maneaba communal meeting buildings showcase traditional dancing and singing and can be found in all regions and are even part of some hotels.

Kiribati culture can also be discerned through its handicrafts and there are markets in every town where travelers can pick up baskets and shark-tooth swords.

The people here are friendly and hospitable, and although it is a casual place, women especially should make it a point to cover up when away from the beach.

When you are here avoid wearing bikinis in town and a general rule of thumb is to always keep knees and shoulders covered. The place is great for a semester abroad and one can testify to that through the nature of the locals and their welcoming hearts.

Kiribatians are people full of compassion and courtesy! This is evidenced by the level of security and peace the country offers. You will likely stay for the entirety of your study period unbothered here!

There is no need to contemplate studying here. The country lives up to its fame! Make your application today with RocApply and get started to roll with everyone else here.


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