Our volunteer project is in full swing and our team have made some tremendous achievements in recent days. The community building project in Nasesara is coming along leaps and bounds. The building volunteer team of Alex, John, Steve and Claire have put in the hard graft and we now have the toilet block well underway for completion for the community! There’s been plenty of sawing and nailing to fit the walling as well as a quick introduction into plumbing. With a huge septic tank being dug, our guys have also tried their hand at brick laying as well as continuing the infamous ‘cement volcanoes.’ The guys also got treated to some cakes and drinks as a celebration of the roofing being put up.
The sports field has seen a lot of action this week, from sports coaching to community netball. The boys (Vaughan, John and Steve) have been working closely with the U12 rugby team who are training for a national tournament in Suva. We’ve been shaping an almighty front row to compete against the best. Tackle bags have even seen an appearance in helping prepare the boys for match day! Meanwhile, the girls have been helping develop and progress the Moturiki School netball teams. As well as rugby and netball, the team has gone the extra mile in introducing new sports such as Rounder’s and cricket. Rounder’s has instantly become a favourite, with the kids now being able to hit the ball better than we can! We finished the week with a big game of dodge ball, which saw Vaughan teach the kids the 5 golden rules: dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge! This week also saw a community netball game between the TP team (including our boys) and the ladies of Navuti and Nasesara. With some solid defending from Steve and some sharp shooting from Faye and Alex, the TP guys prevailed. The very muddy field made for an amusing contest with everyone slipping and sliding in a manic game. We’ve also had plenty of Volleyball in the evenings with all our Fijian mums, dads, brothers and sisters in Nasesara. With lots of laughter, the daily games have certainly kept the entire village well entertained!
As the school term winds to an end, we say our farewell to Moturiki District School. In just a few weeks the whole school has left a tremendous impression on all the Think Pacific volunteers. All our volunteers have inherited the same enthusiasm from all the children, getting fully stuck into all aspects of teaching. From Maths and English, to Science and Sports, it’s been a huge pleasure and a very humbling experience. We finished our time at M.D.S with Faye, Hayley, Imogen and Charlotte lighting up the village kindergarten, while Vaughan assisted throughout the school. Vaughan’s passion for teaching has been clear from the start and he has managed to motivate and enlighten in a variety of lessons. Regardless of the subject, our volunteers have been superb at keeping the kids entertained as well as making quick progress through the curriculum. The girls in Kindi have landed on their feet and have instantly become loved by all the little munchkins! From singing and playing games to learning about the importance of brushing your teeth, Kindi has been thriving this week. Overall, it’s been a fitting end our time at school and we can’t thank the children enough for such a meaningful couple of weeks. We are, however, pleased to announce the return of the Think Pacific Youth Camp for our final week in Nasesara! School may be over but that won’t stop us from spending even more time with the kids in new and exciting activities. From Science experiences to Sports games, the TP Youth Camp is set to be the perfect finale for our volunteer project and to end our time with all the children at M.D.S.