November 28th, 2014

Nairai Team – Volunteers relax with spear fishing & snorkelling fun during weekend excursions!

Pic 1 - Fishing

The weekend came around so very quickly, and so after a big week on project with build, school, kindi and sports coaching we headed out spear fishing with the Fijian men. It was a wet start to the day but soon cleared up with glorious sunshine. The water was crystal clear and we saw lots of different fish, sharks and even a turtle!

The Fijian boys were expert fisherman, and naturally a little better than us, and they caught a healthy catch of fish for us to take back with us to the village. This week everyone is very much looking forward to some night spear fishing adventures!

November 27th, 2014

Volunteer Stories – Introducing Dodgeball to students at the Nairai District School during sports coaching sessions! by Ed

Pic 1 - Sport

At the beginning of the week we introduced the kids to the game of Dodgeball. We began by teaching them the basics of throwing and picking up a moving ball. We then continued to add more rules and skills such as catching, which would lead to the player who threw the ball being knocked out of the game.

Pic 2 - Sport

The kids all developed their skills throughout the week, and at the end of the week we played a few competitive games of kids vs kids, followed by a final game of the volunteers against all of the children at once! At first the volunteers came out on top, but by the last game the kids had got the hang of the sport, and were thrashing us fair and square. All in all, it was a successful week for sport, as it was thoroughly enjoyed by both kids and volunteers!

November 27th, 2014

Nairai Team – The ‘House Cup’ youth programme kicks off with ‘Under the Sea’ Arts & Crafts competition!

Pic 1 - House Cup

This week for House Cup we made our house art piece, based on the theme of ‘Under the Sea’. Our house decided to make an underwater scene. We got a cardboard box, painted it blue and then removed one of the sides of the box. Each of the children in our house then drew a fish which was hung with string from the top of the box. We collected sand and shells from the beach to make the sea floor. Once it was finished we were all really happy with it!

November 26th, 2014

Nairai Team – Our volunteers learn the traditional skills of ‘bilo’ making & bracelet weaving during village night in Natauloa!

Pic 1 - Bilo & Bracelet Making

Mid-week we all got together to learn how the Fijians traditionally make bracelets and ‘bilos’ (small cup to drink kava from). The bilos are a long process of care and attention, which includes shaving the coconut both inside and outside down to the bare shell using a knife. It’s not something you can complete over night, but we all got off to a good start and it was great bonding time eating coconut while we shaved away!

The bracelets are slightly quicker to make. They are made from dried coconut leaves weaving in and out of each other using both black and yellow colours. With the help of some of the children we were able to complete the bracelets and will take them home as a lovely hand-made souvenir!

November 26th, 2014

Volunteer Stories – A fun filled week of ‘Nature’ and ‘Christmas’ at the Nairai District School Kindi!

Pic 1 - Kindi

From Monday to Wednesday we were in Kindi and the theme was chose was ‘Nature’. We made a tree using paints and their hand prints and we drew pictures of butterflies and bees with them. Over the three days we helped to teach them the alphabet, and how to count to 20. On Wednesday to finish the theme of ‘Nature’ we did face painting in the shape of butterflies and flowers!

By Muge & Mae

Pic 2 - Kindi

Thursday and Friday in kindi were based on the theme of ‘Christmas’. We chose 6 Christmas words to teach the children over the two days, starting with learning the words associated with Christmas like tree angel, presents and Santa then moving onto activities such as counting, but counting Christmas trees.

The children love colouring in and took great pride in making baubles and stars for their very own Kindi Christmas tree. We ended Friday with a ‘Kindi Christmas Party’, involving musical bumps and making Christmas hats. The children all left wearing their hats with smiles on their faces. A great end to a great week in Kindi!

By Ed & Yvonne

November 25th, 2014

Nairai Team – An exciting week on build with the roof, flooring and walling completed for Natauloa Health Clinic!

Pic 1 - Build

This was a huge week for build. After a few days painting the roof a vibrant blue, we were set the task of putting down the floor boards. Armed with hammer, chisel, wedges and motivational music we worked our way through the task in hand. Watching the flooring take shape through out own efforts was particularly exciting because for the first time we could start to see our progress and the build was all taking shape, it was very rewarding!

Whilst we chiselled away, thankful for the addition of the roof as the rain fell, the walls rose up around us. By the end of the week what had started as little more than an outline had transformed into a building – roof, walls, floors, even a doorway and we were incredibly proud of the weeks work!

by Philippa, Lionne, Amelie