Connection speed to ofshore server is abysmal! Anything I can do?

Im trying to work on a Wordpress site, but the connection speed from where I am to there is really poor. The owner insists the server’s speed is adequate locally. Is there a way to ‘tunnel’ straight to a site you’re working on to get a more direct (faster) connection?

If you have a crappy connection you have a crappy connection.
Tunneling will only make it more crappy.