I left in the middle of Grade 10 and started working as a waitress.
From there I went to work on a diving boat, assisting as a caterer.
I then went back to school to take up tourism and hospitality but never managed to complete it.
I did a number of odd jobs until joining the Manolos Aviation as a handy girl. I would do grounds work, assist in housekeeping or any task that needed to be done. I learnt a lot of things in the process.
I work alongside pilots, engineers, operations and even nurses when it comes to medevacs. And those are my proudest moments; attending to medevacs because we are saving lives.
We help our nurses and bring our patients to the ANGAU Memorial Provincial Hospital.
My late father was a nurse, including my mother. And though I am not certified in that area, I get to work with people who are in my parents’ profession. This gives me a lot of joy.
I still have a dream that I am working towards.
I am confident that I will get there.
- Fiona Lavongai, Lae