It was a memorable final weekend for our volunteer team in Vadravadra village. On Saturday it was time for the village ‘Fun Day’, with the team offering a good old fashioned cake stall and some ‘fete’ classics such as ‘Pin the tail on the donkey’, ‘Lime bobbing’ and a penalty shoot-out. With the sun shining bright the village and kids were out in force, and the community as a whole was buzzing with activity. In the afternoon we also had the official opening of the toilets to the village families, with a small ceremony for the 10 new flushing toilets & septic tanks!
After a quick costume change it was then time for the team to perform their traditional Mekes that the village had been teaching them over the previous days. The boys dressed as the Fiji ‘Bati’ (Warriors), and with the help of “Captain” (the elder who had been teaching us) they threw themselves into the spear dance, doing their very best to appear intimidating. Whilst the villagers may not have been scared, they loved every moment of the meke and gave our boys some cheers, before they finished with the Cibi, Fiji’s traditional war dance.The girls then took the stage with a far more civilized Meke, and with no spears in sight they all looked like pro’s who had done it for years,whilst once again the village went wild!
Sunday saw an emotional farewell Church service, where the team had written a couple of speeches thanking the village for all the amazing things they have done for them in the past 8 weeks, and it is certainly true that whilst the team may have arrived into Vadravadra as strangers, they leave very much as family and close friends! We would like to say a huge ‘Vinaka Vaka Levu’ to the community of Vadravadra, and we look forward to returning home to the village one day soon!