In March 2020, 27-year-old Zoe Stephens from the English city of Crosby, Merseyside, decided to go to the Tonga Islands for a weekend and was stuck there for six months. The Liverpool Echo reports this.
Because the girl’s trip coincided with the introduction of restrictions on movement worldwide caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, she was unable to return to the UK. “I was literally stuck on the islands without the opportunity to fly, I was stuck because restrictions were introduced and canceled in the UK, and that’s why I decided to stay here,” Stephens said.
For almost six months in Tonga, a British woman lost her belongings due to a cyclone, lost her job, and received a master’s degree remotely. Moreover, the girl organized a charity marathon to raise awareness of residents about the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle and raise funds to help the animals of Tonga.
“Tonga is the kingdom with the most obese people on the planet. Many of the inhabitants of the islands suffer from type 2 diabetes. And there is not a single highly qualified veterinarian in the whole country. So I decided to combine these problems,” Stephens explained.