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UI Grad Teaches Iowa Fight Song to Tonga Village

December 15th, 2014

hawkeye fans in Tonga

Thanks to UI graduate Ryan Kloberdanz, an entire village in the Kingdom of Tonga is spreading the Hawkeye spirit.

Kloberdanz, from West Des Moines, Iowa graduated from the UI in 2006 with degrees in political science and journalism and mass communication. From 2012-2014, he and his wife worked in a rural village of Tonga through the Peace Corps. In the video below, we see and hear the residents of the village singing the Iowa Fight Song!

During their service, Ryan and his wife were able to install flushing toilets at a primary school and build a computer lab. They also teamed up to design Tonga’s first-ever island-wide resource sharing platform, a database for Peace Corps volunteers and their counterparts at schools to share best practices, lesson plans, and teaching resources with the Ministry of Education and each other.

“The gratification we got from working with the kids and the community was the greatest feeling either of us have ever experienced. They taught us more than we could ever hope to teach them!” Ryan said.

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