Beginning the penultimate week, the thought of leaving newly adopted family and friends was starting to become a reality. Consequently a jam packed week facilitated the volunteer’s attitude to make the most of their remaining time here.
This week the team substituted the hammers and saws for the paintbrushes, with all the building work completed it was time to bring some life to the community hall. George, Will, Phil, Mike, Alice and Caroline took on Jays challenge of ‘a coat a day’. Wearing most of the paint the team surprised as they succeeded to primer the build and undercoated inside and out.
Undertaking the last full week of school, Tom decided he would test himself at the opposite end of the school spectrum by assisting Madame Luisa in class 1&2. Overcoming the distraction of the infamous Tutui, Mr Laurence led a lesson on ‘the postman’ and demonstrated his artistic skills with his classroom display. With class 3&4 proving a popular choice with the volunteers, Ellen made her long awaited appearance and was prepared to make the most of her opportunity, solely leading class 4 in reading and maths. Likewise with Rachel the previous week Tommy returned to class 5&6 with the team sensing a competition brewing on; ‘who’s the favorite teacher’. Tommy provided the kids this week with his substantial intellectual skills in which they industrialized the prospect of understanding future development within the community.Hannah again opted for school, but this time helping the headmaster in class 7&8. Taking the class down to the beach to read Swiss Family Robinson and educating the children on the effects of alcohol.
Alongside Rory, sisters Rachel and Amber combined to control the riot which is sometimes referred to as Kindi. A very creative week saw the children covered in glue and colored paper throughout, the end result being masks, necklaces and crowns. The children also became familiar with big and small, and a height chart was displayed and decorated adding to the colorful learning environment
The favorite House cup element returned this week in the shape of House singing. Vono choosing to do a rendition of Abba’s, Mamma Mia and Logo Logo led by Alice chose ‘Seasons of love’ from the musical ‘Rent’. Both houses were outstanding and the volunteer’s enthusiasm definitely rubbed off on the children, the songs could be heard throughout the neighboring villages. There wasn’t much between the two teams in the final; in fact there wasn’t anything, with the teams tied on 14 points out of a maximum of 15. They both shared the spoils making for an interesting final week, as the scores stand 4-2 to Vono and with 3 events left there’s still plenty to play for.
Monday night was meant to be a film night for the team, when the volunteers arrived at Jim’s house a grog session was well underway in the bure, and so a collective decision resulted in the team opting to take full advantage of the kava whilst they can.
The team’s favorite weekly tradition continued on Tuesday night, it was family night. Accepting Tutu’s Emi’s invitation all went for kava in Hannah and Alice’s home, nicknamed the ‘house of pain’ for its strong mixes and tsunami bowls of grog. The team chatted and played games into the early hours in the morning.
Wednesday night gave the chance for the volunteers to complete their souvenir collection. Assisted by the villagers the team produced Bilo’s, the traditional Fijian cup used for kava ceremonies. ‘Bilo and behold’ the coconuts soon turned into vessel’s for the vice that is… Kava. With plenty of opportunities to drink grog over the final weeks, the bilo’s will definitely be put to the test.
The final quiz of the expedition was produced by Will, Amber, Hannah and George. The infamous music round once again made an appearance; alongside the quiz master round, where the team became aware of Amber’s Olympic world record…for being involved in creating the biggest Olympic rings emblem.
A mixed netball match kicked off a relaxed approach to community sports on Saturday. Yet national pride brought about the boys competitiveness during the Kavilangi(visitors) vs Kaviti(villagers) football match. The eagerly anticipated game of 5 a-side lifted the days intensity as the village boys pushed the TP boys all the way, the Kavilangi’s edging a 3 – 2 win. Concluding the day was the turn of the Kaviti’s to show their hand at their national sport, in a game of Rugby sevens…it was mixed of course!
A significant day in the life of Think Pacific and Batiki was Sunday! This being the final project in the near future on these shores the team were extremely fortunate to experience an island farewell church service. At a packed out church in Mua, all the villages gathered to sing hymns, and listen to words from TalaTala, Master Saki and Nigel. Within the service the team did every member of TP that has enjoyed Batiki proud with our very own hymn.
Singing our way back home on the boat, spirits could not be higher despite the pouring rain. Rolling into our final week we are determined to make the most of our time together…