Archive for December, 2014

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Think Pacific – A big ‘vinaka vaka levu’ to our volunteer teams, staff members and the village communities for a truly memorable 2014…Sota Tale!

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With our November 2014 team leaving Fiji’s shores, and with the christmas break upon us, we have an opportunity to reflect on an incredible 12 months of development and excitement in the South Pacific, whilst looking forward to the opportunities and new initiatives that 2015 shall bring!

We would like to take this time to thank each and every one of our volunteers, who have believed in Think Pacific and allowed us to realise our ambitions in rural schools and communities, whilst also thanking our expedition leader staff team, whose commitment and dedication continues to inspire those around them.

And of course a huge ‘vinaka vaka levu’ to the families and villagers of the communities whom we are so blessed to support, as it is their natural kindness and warmth that creates an experience like no other for Think Pacific…there is no place in the world like a Fijian village!

Vinaka vaka levu!

Think Pacific Fiji

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Sports Camp – December 2014 – Another big week of Games, National Sporting Clinics & ‘Learn to Swim’ Programme for kids aged 4-14yrs during Sports Camp!

Pic 1 - Sports Camp

The christmas holidays kicked off in Fiji this week with the December 2014 ‘Sports Camp’ initiative in the capital city of Suva, and our staff team and local youth volunteers were once again engaged in delivering a busy programme for more than 60 kids!

The morning sessions saw the kids enjoy games and activities at the National Netball Centre facilities, including relay races and group games of football and volleyball, promoting inclusivity in sports and encouraging the students to interact together.

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Following a short break for some fruits the kids then received a 2 hour coaching clinic from different National Sporting Organisations, with the core aim of the sports camp to introduce new sports to the students in a fun and interactive environment, whilst developing natural interests and talents.

During the December programme we were very pleased to welcome the development officers from Table Tennis Fiji for the first time, who ran a fantastic session. We also welcomed back Cricket Fiji, the Fiji National Rugby League and the Fiji Volleyball reps, and the kids and staff team really enjoyed the games and activity stations run by the organisations.

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After lunch it was across to the Aquatic Centre for the ‘Learn to Swim’ programme, with the kids divided between the paddling pool, the junior pool and the senior pool based on age and ability for swimming lessons and stroke guidance. It once again proved a very worthwhile initiative, and each day eneded with a 20 minute ‘fun swim’ for the kids to enjoy!

Think Pacific would like to thank all the kids who attended the Sports Camp and made it such a memorable week, and of course the Covenant Brothers youth group for their volunteer assistance, the National Sporting Organisations for their participation, and all other stakeholders who made the week such a success. We look forward to being back even bigger and better in 2015!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Volunteer Stories – Stalls prove a huge hit with Natauloa community & kids during village ‘Fun Day’! by Angus


On Saturday morning all the volunteers woke up early in the morning to prepare for the fundraising day. A small group of the girls baked cakes, whilst the boys went out to get bamboo for goal posts (for our penalty shootout), and the coconut shy. Once everything was set, the fun day was ready to begin.

The tombola was the biggest hit to begin with, but once all the clothes were gone, all the other stalls began to fill up. The penalty shootout was a huge hit with the young men, whereas the coconut shy and face paint where huge with the smaller kids. Volunteers, adults and children alike all had a great time and together raised $159 which will go towards putting medical supplies in the brand new Heath Clinic!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Volunteer Stories – ‘A birthday that I will never forget!’, by Ed

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Friday marked my 19th birthday, and it turned out to be one that I will never forget. At lunchtime all TP volunteers, Leaders and Build Managers came to my house for a feast prepared by all of our mums. After the opening ceremony for the Health Clinic I was promptly dressed by my Na & Ta (mum and dad) into a traditional celebratory sulu accompanied by a flower garland.

I arrived at the community hall to the whole village singing happy birthday, and they had put on a huge feast of cakes and tea, also a huge birthday cake and candles! As day turned into night we returned to the hall for Kava and hop hop into the early house of the morning. It was definitely a birthday to remember!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Nairai Team – A proud day for the community of Natauloa and our volunteer team as Health Clinic is officially opened!

Pic 1 - Build Opening

It was a very proud moment for the Natauloa community and our volunteer team on Nairai as the new Health Clinic building was officially opened last week. With the new facility completed the village health worker can now receive much needed resources and assistance from the Ministry of Health, and it realises a fundamental aim and ambition of the national ‘Towards  a Healthy Fiji’ initiative.

Pic 2 - Build Opening

The opening ceremony proved a fantastic occassion for all, as our volunteer Philippa says:

“The whole village gathered for the opening, delivering thank and blessing the new health clinic. We all felt so proud to see it in all its glory and it was fantastic to see how excited all the villagers were. The building was officially opened by the elders and watching them and some very excited children explore the new building was really rewarding.”

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Nairai Team – Kids and volunteers enjoy beach picnic to kick off the school holidays!

Pic 1. - Beach Picnic

After another big school year for the students of the Nairai District School, and with the holiday season upon us, there seemed no better way to celebrate the achievements of the kids than to head to the beach for a fun dilled day in the sunshine, as our volunteer Mae remembers:

“On Thursday it was the end of the school year picnic! All the children from school, their parents, teachers and the volunteers took boats to a nearby beach. The whole day was spent snorkelling and playing in the sea, followed by a packed lunch made by our mums. Shortly after we made a sandcastle in the shape of a volcano and then some of the children lit a fire in the centre. It was a fantastic way to celebrate the hard work of the children over the school year and all the volunteers had a great time!”

Pic 2 - Beach day

The team shall enjoy their final few days in Natauloa with the kids at their sides as they enjoy the start of their summer holidays here in Fiji, and we are sure there will be some sad farewells with the children as the team leave the shores of Nairai very soon, as they have been such a huge part of the experience!