“Fiji-time” – what does this mean for your life?
“Fiji-time” is an expression that is used with great pleasure by Fijians as an excuse for delays. Most things in the South Pacific take more time, meeting at one means in between one and two. There’s no rush in the communities and at the same time people don’t blame you for being late. Generally, there much less quarrel, this village is the most peaceful place that I have ever been to.
The people appreciate and welcome each person into their house at any time, you might be asked five times to come in for a cup of tea when walking through Tovulailai in the afternoon. I’ve never felt unwelcome at any time since I’m in Fiji, quite the reverse, everybody does their best to make each member of TP feel at home. And so, I try to give my best to the community. Coaching sports to the children after school is what makes me feel most happy here every single day, because I see that I’m on the right track when the kids are having fun.
Sure being here also brings relinquishment: like a cold shower, a long walk to school every day and different food you may not always like. Though this shows me on one hand how I should appreciate the wealthy life in my home country, yet on the other hand that the people of Tovulailai teach me what is really important in life. Sharing and respecting everyone else.
There is trust in the village inhabitants and in the TP-Team, nothing is locked. Leading a humble life isn’t really hard for me anymore since I’ve recognised that the wealth of the life in Fiji is the community. This is such a unique experience, because it is much more than just a donation of goods and human labour. It is an exchange of the different cultures and I’m glad that I can do something good and at the same time learn a lot about social behaviour. This is just week three, though I know that the next weeks will be some of the most valuable ones in my life.