August 2nd, 2014

Nairai Team – ‘British Bulldogs’ introduced to Rugby warm up, and Davetarua District School kids win Rounders clash with TP Girls


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Sports coaching continued to thrive at Davetarua Primary School this week. The TP team decided to help fine tune the boys’ rugby skills, as well as helping teach the girls how to play rounders. It was a great effort by the team to help implement some structure to the rugby field, and with some solid tackling drills, the Fijian boys looked like they were ready for the international stage!

The introduction of ‘British Bulldogs’ as a warm up exercise proved extremely popular with the kids, and after the tackling drills looked all the more impressive. The boys were split into age groups and taught a variety of workouts and tips to help utilize their natural talent. While the younger boys were focusing on enjoying the basics of rugby, some of the older boys were getting stuck into some moves with our TP boys. It’s great to see how far the kids can come in such a short time with the help and enthusiasm from our team.

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Rounders was also an instant hit with the girls. With plenty of fun games as well as drills put in place for the kids, it was a great atmosphere at the rounders field with lots of laughter and high spirits. After a few practice games the kids challenged our TP girls to a game. Although the kids had plenty more players to help bat and field, that’s still no excuse for our TP girls as they had no reply to the kids onslaught, who take it only as a sign of their excellent coaching and guidance!

August 1st, 2014

Media Coverage – Fiji Sun Newspaper


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A fantastic article published in the Fiji Sun newspaper today covering the introduction of Rugby League to the province of Rewa by our Youth and Sports Development Officers Nigel and Tom, and our Leeds Met University volunteer team, during their 6 week youth and sports project.

Nigel and Tom shall now be conducting further coaching clinics and administration workshops with the Rewa communities, as we aim to register their first club with the Fiji National Rugby League for the 2015 Vodafone Cup competition.

A big ‘vinaka vaka levu’ to the Fiji Sun for their interest and support of Think Pacific and our sports development initiatives!

August 1st, 2014

Moturiki Team – Volunteers settle into life in secluded Wawa village, visit Moturiki District School, and begin Health Clinic build project!


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Our Moturiki team touched down into their secluded new home of Wawa village this week to begin their 4 week community development project, and what a welcome they received from this small but mighty community!

The team were quickly into the hall for a feast prepared by the ladies of Wawa, and with apetitites satisfied the grog bowls were out, as the volunteers and village members shared some stories together and enjoyed the first night’s festivities!

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The first day was then spent preparing to launch the project aims, with a first stop being a visit to Moutriki District School and kindergarten, where the team shall provide education assistance, a youth and extra-curricular programme, and sports coahcing sessions daily. To reach the school the volunteers trek across the island of Moturiki itself, rising up to a peak with stunning views, before descending down into neighbouring villages and along the shore line to the school.

Upon arrival the team were greeted by the headmaster Mr Mika, before meeting the teachers, introducing themselves to the students, and visiting the wonderful world of the MDS kindergarten. Everyone is excited to get stuck in to the school and kindi first thing on Monday morning!

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The first two days also saw our volunteer team kick off the build project, as they began digging the foundation holes and cutting the posts ready to be cemented into place, the first steps of a brand new Village Health Clinic for the Wawa community! The clinic shall allow the village health worker a place to offere medical care to the villagers, whilst also allowing the Ministry of Health to supply the clinic with supplies and medications, which makes it a fantastic target for the team!

It is great to be back in Wawa once again, and the team and leaders are very much looking forward to the weeks ahead!

July 31st, 2014

Volunteer Stories – “Another Saturday, Another Adventure…”, by Ella and Molly on Nairai Island


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After the past few days being very wet and windy , the sun had finally come out ready for our trip over to the island. All the village squeezed into Big John’s rather small fishing boat and we set sail towards our destination, fishing line trailing behind us (needless to say, we caught nothing). Once on the beach, towels and books came out and we cracked on with our ever impressive t shirt and ankle tan lines. A couple of us ventured out fishing in the reef with some of the local village kids, who amazed us with their ability to run bare foot over the coral, whilst we were struggling to walk with reef shoes on.

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The sun was shining in the sky, and then a big grey cloud appeared over head and the heavens opened. As the TP team ran to the limited shelter available, our lunch was thrown into the fire. This lunch was a pig, who also joined us from the village. The pig was chopped up and it was Ella, Fud, Molly, and Phil’s job of French Plaiting these pieces into palm leaves and putting it into the underground oven (lovo). It smelt amazing but it tasted even better.

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After lunch the grog and hop hop started up again and a couple of us jumped into the sea for a spot of snorkelling. The reef absolutely amazed us with its sheer beauty and before we knew it, it was time to go home. On the boat back home, the village boys got the guitars out and we sang our way back to the village. There was even some more grog and hop hop on the boat! This was definitely one of our best days since arriving into the village!

July 30th, 2014

Nairai Team – Build Update; Community toilet block takes shape as the walls go up and the roof goes on!


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It has been another big week on build for our team in Tovulailai village, and despite some “tropical” weather great progress was made once again. The week began with the roofing irons being lifted atop the structure and nailed into place, providing some shelter for the timber frame below, and a dry spot for our volunteer team!

Next up was the outside walling, with the irons being measured, placed and nailed down around the entire structure, and as each piece was placed the toilet block really began to take shape.

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No week on build would be the same without some digging, and with a septic tank to be made the volunteers were busy shoveling to create the pit for the brick work. And the final task awaiting our happy, if rather damp, build crew was the inside walling that separates the cubicles, and again placement and precision were the name of the game as the ply board sheets were fitted onto the frames.

With our build team working so well, and with moral high from the ladies kind gifts of tea and cake treats througout the day, there was even time to saw pieces of wood ready for the doors to be made and hung! With just one week left on build until the community toilet block is officially opened for use, our building manager Semi shall lead one final push as the team complete their construction masterpiece!

July 29th, 2014

Nairai Team – Alphabet Letters, Song Time & ‘Fun Friday’ are highlights of a fantastic week 3 in Kindi! by Fran & Izzy


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Last week at Kindi in Tovulailai on Nairai Island was an eventful one for Izzy, “Rachel the Wise”, Fran and “Rachel 3″, who had seven children in Kindi all just as energy-packed as the last. We sang songs like Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Twinkle Twinkle and Row Row Row Your Boat, but their favourite one was the Hokey Cokey!

In learning time we were looking at the alphabet, picking a letter for each day and then picking a relevant theme to make it a fun and interactive way for the children to learn. Learning time always included lots of glitter and colouring, meaning that the four leaders got head to toe made over with sparkle! We also did a toothbrush club, after a cake filled tea time, to get them into the habit of brushing their teeth at least once a day, and this was always eventful as there was just as much toothpaste on the children as in their mouths!

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On Friday we had ‘Fun Friday’ where we took a break from doing an alphabet lesson and had a day of singing, games and of course lots of laughter. Izzy had brought in some bubbles, which was amazing; all the children loved it and took up most of the day. We also played with balloons and read some classic fairy tale stories. We had a lovely Fijian Lady called Nani who helped us with the language barrier, and all the children love her as she is a fabulous translator during story time.

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It’s safe to say the Kindi team had an absolutely cracking week and have made memories that will last with them forever and connections with the children that will always bring a smile to their faces!