When we arrived in Namarai Village we saw a huge number of smiley villagers that have been looking forward to meet us on that special day. They helped us unload our stuff from the bus and into the village hall. All the families and the village Chief were in the village hall, and it was then time for us to present our traditional ‘Sevusevu’, which is Kava roots, as a greeting to the village and thanking them for allowing us to be part of the community for the next 4 weeks. We introduced our names and where we were from, and soon after the family names were called so that we can meet our new families and head off to our new homes for the next few weeks!
We then met back in the community hall in the evening for a huge feast for Daisy’s 18th Birthday celebration, as our Fijian mums cooked a massive dinner with many different dishes, which was also a really good opportunity for the team to have a first taste of different kinds of Fijian food which was so nice. After supper everyone then enjoyed a few bowls of kava together, and whilst many were tired from the long journey, everyone was so happy to see their new friends and family in Namarai village.
The next day the team took a trip to Nakorotubu District School, where they shall be delivering the education, youth and sports programmes for the next 4 weeks. It took 2 and half hours to walk up to the school and back, which was great fun for all.
It was then such a great time for the team to experience their first Sunday in the village, attending the 10.30am service and hearing the community sing with incredible voices. Once again the team enjoyed a lovely lunch, before taking a walk down to the beach to rest and relax, and enjoy the view looking out across the sea!