Archive for April, 2012

Monday, April 30th, 2012

More photos from Moturiki Island


Rachel & Fiona
Looking out of class 3&4 across the sports field and through the towering palm trees, the crystal blue sea appears never ending. It couldn’t be any more different from home. The children’s singing echo’s through the village and I can’t stop smiling; they are genuinely ecstatic that we are finally here. Just along the beach in Yavu village, Kindi is full of giggles and laughter. There we spend mornings building lego houses, drawing pictures and brushing teeth after snack time. The days are long and the work is hard but heading back to our families after dinner, looking up at the millions of stars, you can understand why we truly appreciate this once in a lifetime experience.
Hannah Cornish
The first couple of weeks in Fiji have been amazing. Although the weather wasn’t great to start off, we have had a few sunny days and there’s been plenty to do when its raining. Spending the first few days on Caqalai was awesome to get to know the team more and have fun, but the best part was arriving on Batiki. After 2 and a half hours on rough seas we were greeted by the beautiful scenery and amazing people. Meeting my Fijian family was weird at first, but they made me feel at home with lots of lemon cake and tea. I’m on the build for the first two weeks and even though its hard work, seeing the progress of it every day is so rewarding. It means so much to the people of Mua. My first few weeks have been so good I can’t put it all into words, but I would recommend to book yourself a place on Think Pacific if your thinking about it as I’ve already learnt so much with 8 weeks still to go. Anyway it was just a little blog to let everyone at home know I’m enjoying myself and doing fine and miss you all. See you in 8 weeks.
Natalie & Harriette
Imagine a beautiful postcard, we are there! We arrived here in Mua village, Batiki after a 4 hour boat ride on Monday to the whole village singing, clapping and making the most incredible welcoming sound. Next day was started unloading all the materials for the community centre onto the island, in preparation for our big build. The house Natalie and I are staying in is the ‘villa’ of the village and unlike any other Fijian home. We feel so honoured to stay here. We both started the project as teaching assistants, Natalie in classes 5&6 and Harriette in classes 1&2. It is a privilege to work with kids who are so eager to learn. Our afternoons so far have been spent on the build. All we can say is it is going to feel amazing when it is completed. A few have been ill since being in this different climate, but hopefully this will not take a toll on our experience and we will get used to the hot temperatures. All in all Mua village and the people living here is more than we could imagine. We could not have asked for a better team to work with. Everyone is getting on so well and the leaders are ones to look up to. Lets get going!
Here are a few more photos from our five week team on Moturiki Island. We’ll be posting lots more in the next couple of days along with a diary of their first two weeks volunteering in Nasauvuki;
Friday, April 20th, 2012

Bula Fiji! Our ten week team enjoy castaway island life


Batiki April 12 - Briefing (8)

Here are the first photos from our April 2012 ten week expedition team.  Our group of 20 volunteers landed in Fiji on Tuesday morning and have been enjoying their first taste of the South Pacific as they adjust to the heat of the tropics on Caqalai Island.  Our briefings are always a fun and relaxed experience as the team learn more about the adventures that await them in the traditional villages of Fiji and get ready for all the aims we will soon be achieving for the island of Batiki.  The past few days have involved a visit to the traditional village of Niubasaga on Moturiki Island to meet the chief, this ended up being one big party as the kava drinking and Fijian dancing began, which the group all threw themselves into wholeheartedly!

Batiki April 12 - Briefing (2)

Batiki April 12 - Briefing (7)

Batiki April 12 - Briefing (5)

We were again honoured to have members of the Fijian Ministry and the Lomaiviti Provincial Council visit our briefing and speak to our volunteer team about the long term aims of their volunteer projects ahead.  As our projects are directed and assessed by the government and rural villages themselves it’s always such an important aspect of our briefing to have our Fijian government partners discuss how important they view the aims, how much the presence of our volunteers means to the outer island communities and how Think Pacific’s project funding is helping to assist long term development across the different villages and islands of the Lomaiviti. it was an inspiring presentation and left everyone feeling very excited about what we can achieve over the next few weeks!

Batiki April 12 - Briefing (3)

Batiki April 12 - Briefing

Our castaway briefing always involves plenty of time to unwind, with some fun beach games, day trips, snorkelling trips and some very competitive beach volleyball!   Of course the team also enjoyed time to swim and splash in the lagoon, soak up some sunshine and sleep off their jet lag in a hammock. Evenings have involved lots of food and after dinner games and late night chats as the team really start to bond as a group and get to know one another. After lots of pre-project chat on facebook, it’s fantastic to finally be together in person on a Fijian beach.  With our briefing almost over it will soon be time to take the motor boat journey out to Batiki Island and this is where the experience will really begin as the team are welcomed into the traditional village of Mua for the next eight weeks of volunteering!

Batiki April 12 - Briefing (9)

Batiki April 12 - Briefing (10)

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Think Pacific’s April 2012 five-week volunteers immerse into Fijian life


Moturiki April 12 - Week 1 (7) Moturiki April 12 - Week 1 (5)

To some excited Fijian faces, especially from little ones, our April 2012 five week volunteer team arrived onto Moturiki Island this week and settled into the tiny Fijian community of Nasauvuki.  Fijian villages are such a warm and hospitable place that it doesn’t ever take long to feel a part of the family, and after a few days of living traditional Fijian lifestyles, our team can now truly call themselves Nasauvukians.

Moturiki April 12 - Week 1 (10)

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Moturiki April 12 - Week 1 (38)

After a relaxing few days of castaway island life, our group were ready to boat across to their project island and be welcomed into their host families and their homes for the next four weeks.  Arrival into Nasauvuki village began with a welcome ceremony as we presented a sevu sevu to the Ratu (cheif) and after a big feast and party, it was time to relax into life in rural Fiji and adjust to the basic conditions and beautiful communal way of Fijian village life.  With briefings from our leaders, project work and the volunteering started soon after the teams arrival, with our volunteers introducing themselves to the Fijian kids before starting the programme of youth, sports and teaching projects, which will continue each day in Moturiki District School and the nearby kindergarten schools.  The building work began soon into their stay also – this will be a huge task ahead as the team create an entire kitchen for the village and school and there is certainly a lot of hard graft ahead to have the whole project completed in a month.  It’s been a real cultural experience and fabulous start to the expedition already.  With so many more experiences ahead, and some big aims to complete for the Fijian Ministry, we have a feeling our April project is going to be one to remember for Nasauvuki village.

Moturiki April 12 - Week 1 (20)

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Monday, April 16th, 2012

Our April 2012 volunteer team arrive in the Fiji Islands!


BATIKI ISLAND FIJI

This is a picture of Batiki Island, the location of our April 2012 volunteer project to the Fiji Islands.

Our April 2012 ten week team have all arrived into Fiji after some long journeys from the UK and USA. Just a short time ago the team landed in Nadi Airport to meet our expedition leaders, Tom and Nigel and they are currently travelling along the Coral Coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu.  Our volunteers will be spending the next five days relaxing into South Sea island life on the tiny castaway island of Caqalai where our team briefing and Fijian orientation takes place.  The group will then be heading to the traditional village of Mua on Batiki Island, where they will be helping the community through building, teaching, youth, kindergarten and sports volunteer projects. We have some huge aims to achieve including building an entire community centre for Mua village and hosting an inter island sports challenge.

You can view details of our past gap year programs to Batiki here.

And here is a video of the amazing people and magnificent scenery, taken from one of last years volunteer projects to Batiki Island;

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Think Pacific’s April 2012 five week team arrive into Fiji!


Our February team have all arrived into Fiji after some long journeys from the UK and USA.  Within the last hour, the team landed in Nadi Airport to a warm welcome from our expedition leaders, Luke and Lulu. They are currently travelling along the Coral Coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu.  Our volunteers will be spending the next five days soaking up the sunshine and South Sea island life on the tiny castaway island of Caqalai where our team briefing and Fijian orientation takes place.  The group will then be heading to the magnificent little village of Yavu on Batiki Island, where they will be helping the community through building, teaching, youth and sports volunteer projects. We have some huge aims to achieve and some incredible experiences ahead!
You can view details of our past gap year programs to Batiki here.
Fiji expedition begins
Go tp go! Our April five week expedition team have all arrived into Fiji and it’s time to begin another incredible project to Moturiki Island!  About an hour ago the team landed into Nadi Airport to a very warm welcome from our expedition leaders, Luke and Lulu. They are currently travelling along the Coral Coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu and it looks like we have a day of Fijian sunshine ahead. Our volunteers will be spending the next five days relaxing into South Sea island life on the tiny castaway island of Caqalai where our expedition briefing and Fijian orientation takes place. Our group will then be heading to the community of Nasauvuki on Moturiki Island to begin their community development project. Our aims ahead include building a kitchen for the rural village and nearby school and leading a daily programme of primary school teaching, kindergarten, youth clubs and sports coaching projects for the local children. We have some huge aims to achieve and some unique experiences ahead. Here is a video following the last team to visit Nasauvuki village and volunteer in Moturiki District School back in January 2010;