After a speedy, yet very busy project, the time came to leave Drauniivi village, and our Fijian families. Though the project has been shorter than most, the volunteers have still achieved a huge amount in that time, from teaching and coaching sports in not one, but two schools, as well as getting stuck into the Fijian lifestyle and culture, from the food to the traditional activities like bilo making.
On the final Sunday, the village held a special Church service for the volunteers, with touching words of thanks from villagers, both young and old, that certainly pulled at heartstrings to say the least. The volunteers, namely Sophie, Ella and Louise presented well-rehearsed speeches about their experiences, and Grace and Imy H recited a poem they had written, which was met with choruses of laughter from the villagers, especially when the girls mentioned how well they had been fed during their stay!
When Monday morning came around, the volunteers were escorted to the meeting point to catch their bus by sobbing families, and with heavy hearts we left the village, with huge hopes to return to our loving families at some point in the future. It has been an amazing project and we would like to extend our heartfelt ‘vinaka vakalevu’ to Drauniivi village from the first ever Exeter University team!