I have just finished my first 4 days on the build and it has been so rewarding seeing the progress we have made in such a short time. It’s really tiring digging for 4 hours a day in the heat of Fiji but speaking to the villagers about how much it means to them it’s worth every second. They have spent their lives walking down to a well to shower and they are so excited to be able to have a shower at their house, something so simple that I have always taken for granted. I have enjoyed helping on the build so much that I am going to carry on and not go to the school to teach so I can see it start to finish.
My time in Savuna has been brilliant I have been made to feel so welcome and I feel completely at home after just a week. Everybody is so eager to please, when you walk past a house you just hear “drink tea, drink tea” and they always want you to eat more no matter how much you have just had.
Hop hop in the evenings is so fun. You drink kava which they like to do a lot and dance. The longer you stay up the more they appreciate it I seem to always be the last one up and the men really like it that you have joined them in what they like to do to relax.
I have been teaching football in the school every afternoon after the build which has been good because you can really see a difference in the kids confidence and technique by the end of the session so I feel I have passed on some sort of knowledge.
I went crab fishing the other night with my new older brother, David and his new dad, we had to trek through the jungle then through the mangroves and then along the sea shore at low tide all just using a lamp and a torch.
My experience has been amazing so far and the family I have been put in is brilliant they have looked after me so well and are so much fun I wouldn’t change any part of my trip so far.