Archive for the ‘May 2013 (Lamiti village)’ Category

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Gau- The completed nursing station and a big final week in Lamiti


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Here’s a look at the completed nursing station in Lamiti village, Gau Island.  With a massive 3 weeks behind them it was one big final push on all elements of the volunteer project. Having almost completed the build in previous weeks, all that was left to do was a few little touch ups of paint and a general tidy up of the build site. Seeing Lamiti village’s brand new Community Health Clinic, it’s hard to believe that most of our guys and girls hand barely held a hammer before never mind constructed a complete building from scratch. Such an achievement and one that will stand proud in the heart of their second home for many years to come.

Having thrown themselves into teaching in the primary school and kindi since the off, it was only right that the last few days were full of games and fun for the kids and volunteers. With everything from musical bumps to the games on the sports field, the sound of laughter and cheers echoing all over Lamiti was enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. It was then time for the last day and the official opening of our Health Clinic. Our team have spent the past few days fine tuning the Fijian Meke and were all ready to perform. With whoops and howls of laughter from the villagers everyone had an absolute blast with the girls ‘wiggle’ getting one of the biggest receptions of the day. It was then time for our farewell church service and what would be the last grog and hop hop session we would all have together. It’s never nice to see anyone cry, least of all fully grown Fijian men and women, but it stands to show exactly how much out team coming here and the difference they have made to the lives of the community of Lamiti village. It was 4 weeks that will not be forgotten for a very long time and memories that will remain forever in the hearts of everyone involved.

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Gau Kindergarten – May five-week team


Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Gau Island nursing station and an update from Ben G


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Here are some pictures of the huge effort that has gone into creating the Gau Island Nursing Station. We’re delighted to say that the team have managed to successfully complete the entire building, which now stands proud in the village!  We’ll have some pictures to show the completed building soon! Everyone has worked incredibly hard for the final week- with the walling completed by Sophie, Kath and Catherine, the flooring by Ben G, Nicole, Sarah and Kelly,  the Fascia Boards by Ben W and Josh and the roof completed by Dan, Adam and Robyn (who managed to get more on themselves than the roof!) Below is Ben G’s take on the last full week of the building project and some other thoughts on our penultimate week too!  We can’t wait to receive photos of the newly completed project – Well done Team Lamiti!!

Project update by Ben Gledhill…

After the first two weeks of the project on teaching, I decided to do one week on the build. Most of the frame had been put into place so this week was all about putting in the floor boards, making the walls and putting the roof on. I was slightly nervous because I’m not experienced in building, but pretty much straight away you just get straight into it and its very hands on. Firstly, I and other team members fitted the floor boards, while the rest were separated into nailing the wall panels or the roof onto the house frame and joists. This took around three and a half days. The rest of the week was starting the 3 coats of paint on both the roof and the inside and outside of the walls. During the week LuLu was taking groups of 5/6 to go snorkeling. I was lucky enough to go twice during the week and on the second time we went out past the reefs into deeper water and saw a 4ft reef shark which for a lot of people, including myself, was the first time we had seen a shark in the wild and was one of the best things on the whole trip. Overall the build is coming on as planned it’s looking really professional and everyone is proud of what we’ve done so far.

For the after school sport a small group of us did rounders with the older girls. None of us had really played before but it’s one of the sports the girls love so it’s worth doing. Most sessions started with a warm up then ether batting a catching practice. Some days they would be sharp on everything and we’d get straight into a game and then other days they would drop a lot of balls so we’d carry on until they got it right, which does sound harsh but the girls responded well and actually do enjoy pretty much anything we throw at them.

For the House Cup this week the subject was arts and craft and as a group we decided the theme was going to be super heroes. It turned out harder than first expected as the younger children didn’t really understand what a super hero was. In the end our group brain stormed on the black board and decided on ‘FIJI MAN’. Our super hero had flip flops, a sulu, a bula shirt, a shield, a machete, and a roman style helmet. We got the kids to design each different part of FIJI MAN then stuck them on a piece of wood, it didn’t really turn out as planned but the kids had fun with it which is the main thing.

After all the school and sports had finished we all separated into boys and girls to practice our Meke, which is basically the equivalent of the New Zealand Haka. There are different ones for the boys and girls which is why we had to split. It’s coming along nicely so hopefully we’ll all be finished and ready for when the time comes when we have to perform it at the opening ceremony of the build. Looking forward to the last week of the project and lots going on with the House Cup final, different fund raisers and last hop-hop sessions with the villagers.

Ben Gledhill 24/6/2013

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Volunteer update from ‘Master Simon’


Simon school blog

Hi Simon here, from the Lamiti 5 week team! Just finished a great week in the school with class 7 and 8 with Master Noa. The pick of the week so far is Thursday. We started with English in the morning where we spent the first part of the lesson on the speeches we are learning for House cup which is ‘Cry God for England and St George from Shakespeares Henry V. We’ve already read through the speech and done some practice on it as a group so I was getting the kids to come up one by one to recite the speech with me giving them pointers.

After recess I had class 7 while Master Noa took class 8. We were making a poster on ‘activities which bring us together’ and the kids had to think of ideas then get pictures from a newspaper to illustrate them. They came up with some great ones: like sport; religion, education, national anthem and traditional ceremonies. Then after lunch we had music where they are trying to sing songs in other languages, so I taught them ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes in French. It was a great laugh and the kids really got into it and had a good time singing it with all the actions as well.

The rest of the week was really good fun too and I’m going to continue doing school with class 7 and 8 again this week and maybe do some lessons on the Romans, Greeks and even a bit of Greek mythology!

In rugby  the kids have absolutely bags of talent and no fear about throwing themselves in 100% which is just what you want when taking a session. That said, they are a little rough around the edges and they do lack a bit of structure from not getting much coaching. We started off with handling and although the kids have great hands they struggle getting deep and have a habit of just chucking the ball away! So we got them running lines of four with press ups for any drops or forward passes. Then we added a bit of rucking with first man clear, second man bridge, third man pick up and then a bit of defence structure getting them in a good flat line calling out.

Even after the first session it was amazing to see how quick the kids pick the skills up and how eager they are to work and improve and how they take everything we show them into the games at the end. We’ve got them for rugby again this week and were going to try a bit of tackle techniques and counter attacking!

Big ‘Bula!’ from all the Lamiti team!!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Volunteer stories; Ben’s spear fishing adventure


Blog: Ben Whitman. Spear fishing 17/06/2013

At 8 o’clock on Monday evening, with a little apprehension in the air, a small group of us ventured out by boat to the nearby reef to try our hand at spear fishing. We were joined by a couple of the locals, to whom this was simply a normal way to spend the night. As might be expected jokes concerning sharks were thrown back and forth, but as we neared the drop off point the look on some of our faces was not a relaxed one. We slapped on our masks and having armed ourselves with torches and spears we leapt off the boat into the gloomy waters, where of course, within seconds we were greeted with the sight of a shark, albeit a reef shark. Kevin was particularly pleased to see it. Once we had recovered from this initial shock we set about the business of the evening; catching tomorrow night’s dinner. Lee, Ollie, Chris and I were first to try out the spear guns and after some initial mixed success, we all grasped the routine of diving down to the reef to fire at the fish and we caught our fair share.
People often say to dive underwater is to almost enter a different world, but at night it was completely unearthly. On the way back to the boat we got another shock as a giant turtle emerged out of the darkness and the image of Ty, one of the local divers, grabbing hold of its shell and hitching a ride was a peculiar one.

Meanwhile Luke, Simon and Kevin had been exploring the reef and when we met back at the boat they had several stories concerning the various sea creatures they had spotted, including lobster, rays and a crab “as big as your head”. Having given them a turn with the spears, we set off back home buzzing with the stories of the evening. The night became even more infamous the next morning when we discovered Ty, who had stayed on the reef for the night, had had his load of fish stolen from his line by a tiger shark as he watched on. It was an amazing experience and a night that will live long in the memory.

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Gau Island – Our May volunteers light up kindergarten


Kindi has been going from strength to strength during the project and we’re very thankful for so many of our guys and girls who’ve taken the time to make a real impact with the children.  Our volunteers have taken on the role of kindi teachers with unfaltering enthusiasm, imagination and fun.  We’ve had the kids singing their little hearts out with a great range of songs. We launched an ‘animal theme’ last week, with volunteers helping the little ones to draw and cut out animal masks. Sometimes it is hard to tell who enjoys themselves more when we are doing activities like these! Our teachers also introduced some great memory games which was a new concept for the kids and went down a treat. Throw in some plaster scene shapes and model making and it was an arts and crafts extravaganza!

For the most recent week, we had Grace and Lilly swopping with Ben W and Ollie.  Jake and Chris have been enjoying it so much they have stayed for the duration.

The theme for the week has been ‘people who help people’ – so lots of drawing of Policemen, Nurses and Doctors and even a turtle as Chris extended the theme to ‘animals that help the environment.’  On Thursday we had a life sized picture of Teacher Mere and got all the kids to colour in her body. It is now proudly hung up in Kindi. Friday was Pirate day -  In the morning we dressed the children up in pirate hats and eye patches that they coloured in themselves and painted a variety of beards/moustaches/scars on their faces.

It was then time for Jake, Chris, Ollie and Ben W to perform the play they had written for the children. We had Ben W narrating the play, Ollie being the evil ‘Captain Blue Beard’ who recruited the young pirates to row his boat for him, then made them walk the plank as they weren’t rowing fast enough! They were then gobbled up by Chris the crocodile until Jake as ‘Admiral Baguette’ came to their rescue and gave them a treasure map!

The kids were then taken on a big treasure hunt around the school compound by Admiral Baguette whilst being chased all the way by Captain Blue Beard and the crocodile. Who they finally conquered and retrieved the booty of a bag full of lollipops! The children and volunteers were running around screaming and laughing all day.  They all proudly walked home enjoying eating their ‘treasure’ after successfully defeating Captain Blue Beard!