Archive for July, 2014

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Volunteer Stories – “Another Saturday, Another Adventure…”, by Ella and Molly on Nairai Island

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After the past few days being very wet and windy , the sun had finally come out ready for our trip over to the island. All the village squeezed into Big John’s rather small fishing boat and we set sail towards our destination, fishing line trailing behind us (needless to say, we caught nothing). Once on the beach, towels and books came out and we cracked on with our ever impressive t shirt and ankle tan lines. A couple of us ventured out fishing in the reef with some of the local village kids, who amazed us with their ability to run bare foot over the coral, whilst we were struggling to walk with reef shoes on.

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The sun was shining in the sky, and then a big grey cloud appeared over head and the heavens opened. As the TP team ran to the limited shelter available, our lunch was thrown into the fire. This lunch was a pig, who also joined us from the village. The pig was chopped up and it was Ella, Fud, Molly, and Phil’s job of French Plaiting these pieces into palm leaves and putting it into the underground oven (lovo). It smelt amazing but it tasted even better.

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After lunch the grog and hop hop started up again and a couple of us jumped into the sea for a spot of snorkelling. The reef absolutely amazed us with its sheer beauty and before we knew it, it was time to go home. On the boat back home, the village boys got the guitars out and we sang our way back to the village. There was even some more grog and hop hop on the boat! This was definitely one of our best days since arriving into the village!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Nairai Team – Build Update; Community toilet block takes shape as the walls go up and the roof goes on!


It has been another big week on build for our team in Tovulailai village, and despite some “tropical” weather great progress was made once again. The week began with the roofing irons being lifted atop the structure and nailed into place, providing some shelter for the timber frame below, and a dry spot for our volunteer team!

Next up was the outside walling, with the irons being measured, placed and nailed down around the entire structure, and as each piece was placed the toilet block really began to take shape.


No week on build would be the same without some digging, and with a septic tank to be made the volunteers were busy shoveling to create the pit for the brick work. And the final task awaiting our happy, if rather damp, build crew was the inside walling that separates the cubicles, and again placement and precision were the name of the game as the ply board sheets were fitted onto the frames.

With our build team working so well, and with moral high from the ladies kind gifts of tea and cake treats througout the day, there was even time to saw pieces of wood ready for the doors to be made and hung! With just one week left on build until the community toilet block is officially opened for use, our building manager Semi shall lead one final push as the team complete their construction masterpiece!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Nairai Team – Alphabet Letters, Song Time & ‘Fun Friday’ are highlights of a fantastic week 3 in Kindi! by Fran & Izzy

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Last week at Kindi in Tovulailai on Nairai Island was an eventful one for Izzy, “Rachel the Wise”, Fran and “Rachel 3″, who had seven children in Kindi all just as energy-packed as the last. We sang songs like Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Twinkle Twinkle and Row Row Row Your Boat, but their favourite one was the Hokey Cokey!

In learning time we were looking at the alphabet, picking a letter for each day and then picking a relevant theme to make it a fun and interactive way for the children to learn. Learning time always included lots of glitter and colouring, meaning that the four leaders got head to toe made over with sparkle! We also did a toothbrush club, after a cake filled tea time, to get them into the habit of brushing their teeth at least once a day, and this was always eventful as there was just as much toothpaste on the children as in their mouths!

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On Friday we had ‘Fun Friday’ where we took a break from doing an alphabet lesson and had a day of singing, games and of course lots of laughter. Izzy had brought in some bubbles, which was amazing; all the children loved it and took up most of the day. We also played with balloons and read some classic fairy tale stories. We had a lovely Fijian Lady called Nani who helped us with the language barrier, and all the children love her as she is a fabulous translator during story time.

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It’s safe to say the Kindi team had an absolutely cracking week and have made memories that will last with them forever and connections with the children that will always bring a smile to their faces!

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Moturiki Team – 3 Day Project Briefing; Group workshops, development presentations, snorkelling trips, vollyeball matches & Kava night!

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It has been an action packed 3 day project briefing for our Moturiki July 2014 volunteers, with presentations from our community development partners, group workshops, snorkelling trips, volleyball comps, and an epic encounter of ‘Capture the Flag’! The team also enjoyed a cake and celebration for our birthday girl Poppy, with their first taste of Fiji’s favourite traditional drink Kava!

Tomorrow the team shall load up onto the boats and make their way across the water to their new home of Moturiki Island, and their project village of Wawa, a little gem within the Lomaiviti landscape, where a big 4 weeks awaits our volunteers. The team shall be building a Village Health Clinic for the Wawa community, offering education assistance at the Moturiki District School and Kindergarten, running a full extra-curricular and youth programme, and providing daily sports coaching sessions for the students. They shall also embrace the ‘kaiviti’ lifestyle of island living, and with the briefing and preparation completed, the team and leaders are very excited to begin!

Below are some photos of the team enjoying their project briefing, and you can follow their progress on the blog under ‘Moturiki Team’, and on Twitter at @thinkpacific!

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Our Moturiki July 2014 Expedition Begins!

Arrival - Moturiki July 14 Team

Our Moturiki July 2014 project is underway! After travelling along Fiji’s beautiful Queen’s Road yesterday morning aboard the ‘TP Bus’, the team stopped in the capital city of Suva to grab some last minute supplies for the island, and to pick up their traditional jaba dresses in preparation for village life! The journey then continued up the east coast to Bau landing, where they boarded the boats and made the 45 minute crossing to their briefing spot of Leleuvia Island, which sits just across the water from their project home of Moturiki Island!

Over the next 3 days the team shall be briefed on the aims and objectives of the project by our Community Development Advisor team, whilst also being guided on local cultures and customs  by our expedition leaders. With Wawa being the smallest of the Moturiki communities it shall be a truly unique and intimate experience, and one we very much look forward to.

There shall also be the opportunity to have some fun, sink into south pacific life and bond as a team, with volleyball games, snorkelling excursions, quiz nights and traditional kava ceremonies to look forward to!

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Think Pacific would like to thank Leeds Rhinos player & ex-Leeds Metropolitan University student Jimmy Keinhorst for his kind donations!

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On behalf of the joyful members of the village of Burebasaga in the province of Rewa, Think Pacific would like to thank Jimmy Keinhorst for his kind donations.
The Leeds Rhinos, German international and ex-Leeds Metropolitan University rugby league player popped into our UK office a few months back to hand over a collection of his jerseys, shorts and socks, all of which made their way to Fiji with our recently departed group of Leeds Metropolitan University volunteers.
Knowing the Fijian craze for any piece of clothing with a rugby association, Jimmy’s bag of supreme Fiji fashion was treated with the respect it deserved. To find a setting which was fitting for the delivery and liberation of the donations they were utilised as prizes at two of our culminating events on the Leeds Metropolitan University project.
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Following a massive five weeks living as part of the Burebasaga community, the volunteers hosted a Think Pacific tradition in the form of a village ‘Fun Day’. Baking cakes and building stalls such as a ‘bat the rat’ and a ‘coconut shy’, the volunteers distributed the donations as grand prizes across three stalls: “design a jersey”, the tombola and the raffle.
A couple of Leeds Rhinos jerseys were kept aside as ‘Man of the Match’ prizes for what was the first ever rugby league match to be held in the Rewa Province. With the concept introduced and coached by members of the Think Pacific team, the villagers and volunteers living within Burebasaga and Noco prepared for weeks in the build up to facing one another.
The event was supported by the Fiji National Rugby League, who provided equipment and referee’s for the match, which in time shall be remembered as the catalyst for the soon to be registered - Rewa Rugby League team!