After 3 big weeks on project our volunteer team in Nabasovi entered their final days, and they looked to wrap up in style!
The volunteers went back to where they started in the Kade and Nabasovi schools and kindergartens, to see the progression and carry on their hard work over the last few weeks, and to the volunteers delight much of the teaching techniques have been used by the kids to further their knowledge and understanding.
In Kade, new subjects such as Music had the school singing and learning about octaves in a very special new corner of the classrooms dedicated just to that. Paintings and collages now colour the school as the walls now have the Think Pacific effect to continue the learning once the volunteers have gone.
Another chaotic week in the charming Kindi at Kade Village was also underway as the young kindians took full advantage of their 4 favourite play mates. With their faces painted and their hand prints everywhere (including the volunteers), the classic songs could be heard all around the village. The new Kindi teacher is now set to carry on the teams hard work with the crazy kindians in full swing, as she shall travel to Suva for further training as they move a step closer to registering their Kindergarten under the Ministry of Education.
In Nabasovi, 1 to 1’s continued in each class as the kids look towards next terms exams. The team were determined, as they have been from the start, to get all the kids to the level the school requires to pass. Extra efforts were made from the volunteers with after school classes along with evening classes taking place, as they looked to make the most of the time left. The classes were full of fun learning games such as maths bingo and English lesson with dazzling dance moves to inspire the teachers and classes they would be leaving behind.
The final week of house cup saw the volunteers teaching the kids new songs which they would then perform in the house cup finale, on the penultimate day in Nabasovi. Some incredible song choices have got the whole of Nabasovi so excited for the house cup final. With songs in full swing the final parts to the public speaking was to be ironed out, the final is destined to be a closely fought contest!
On Wednesday the team was invited to the teachers child’s 1st birthday party which, to their surprise, was a huge huge deal in Fiji. The preparations which could be seen days leading up to the event, it was clear it was going to be a big big night. With Happy birthday being roared out, the feast began with, what seemed like the whole of Nabasovi looking to get in on the action. Once the little one had gone to sleep it become a very very valid excuse for a celebration as the grog and hophop was out in force. It did leave Nabasovi in a sorry state come Thursday mornings lessons, but what a night.
Nabasovi Fun Day kicked off with bright sunshine bearing down on the volunteers stalls as the fundraising began. The bakers were up early preparing the stall and cooking up some delicious Betty Crocketts finest as chocolate muffins and lemon cakes were on offer. A hilarious fruit bobbing stall had the kids roaring with laughter as 2 teachers competed, splashing water on everyone watching! Face paints went down a treat with all the kids painted as butterflies and BULA FIJI! A coconut shy, wet sponge throwing and ball and bucket competition kept everyone entertained for the whole morning. A fantastic effort by the team and now we hand back $81.50 for the village to spend.
It was then time for the final countdown, sharing a last few days with the wonderful people of Nabasovi village, and the families and kids who had become so special to our team. As they boarded the ferry in the early hours of Wednesday morning there were many special moments to reflect on.
To our Koro May 2015 Team, and to the people of Nabasovi, a huge ‘vinaka vaka levu’, we hope to see you again very soon….’sota tale’!