Archive for April, 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Koro 6 Month Team – Treasure Hunts & Jungle Safari for ‘Friday Fun Day’ in Kindi!

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Nacamaki Kindi – ‘Kindi Crew Come Aboard’, by Stuart

Captain Stuart, Rebecca and Jennie sailed into Kindi on Friday morning and were greeted with a swashbuckling crew of young pirates. We started the day with a yohoho! And with an ahoy me’ hearties we set sail for fun and adventure.

Aboard the ship, the crew forged their own treasure, decorating the starting letter of their names. But as the crew feasted on their break time snacks, big terrible Tommy snuck in and pinched the treasures. After the captains donned their crew with the traditional pirate garb of eye patches and their own previously made pirate hats we began the hunt for the lost treasure.

The crew were only able to pick up the treasure of the letter that corresponded with their names. Some retrieved theirs from the library, from under the mango tree and some dug theirs out of the ground. After all but one of our crew had retrieved their treasure, it was discovered that terrible Tommy had kept the final piece of treasure for himself. A desperate hunt began!

After an intense search, our ears detected the distinct sound of a pirates tune. It was terrible Tommy half way up the mango tree with the final letter in his hand. After a chorus of insults from the crew terrible Tommy surrendered and made his way down. He was then taken prisoner by the crew and tied to the flag pole, waiting to walk the plank.

The Kindi crew had a much deserved story time and rest before disembarking and returning to their families.

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Vunivasa Kindi – ‘Kindi Go On Safari’, by Jo

To top off a successful ‘love our animals’ week, which included having a class pet and copious amounts of old McDonald had a farm, it was time for the weeks climax, a safari! As is usual for fun day Friday, we got the kids face painted! Our artistic talents only went as far as butterflies, tigers, elephants and fish. And even then it proved difficult to tell the elephants apart from the butterflies, which was especially hard in the crocodile letter game.

When we were all set, we went out to the woods on the school grounds to see what animals we could find. As far as safaris go, we were lucky that day to see – hippo, camels, lions, bears and many more, none of which are indigenous to Fiji! We even had a bat change its nocturnal pattern and pay us a visit.

Safari complete, we raced back to the classroom for yet another rendition of ‘Old McDonald’. This time incorporating all the animals we had just seen.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Volunteer Stories – ‘We sat on palm leaves and ate our smoked fish dipped in seawater, lemon juice and chilli’, by Chloe

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On Wednesday we put on our swimming gear and hopped on a boat for a long day of fishing. We sailed out until we reached deep water, then everything got manic when the boys started jumping in and splashing around to scare the fish into the net. After a few circles on the boat, we jumped in one by one, with a few people being thrown in by Lulu Bear. We repeated this process a few times with laughter and banter between the TP team and the Fijian boys, as people practiced their newly learnt Fijian phrases!

Having finally caught a fair amount of fish, we had a BBQ on a nearby beach. We sat on palm leaves and ate our smoked fish dipped in seawater, lemon juice and chilli. After the hard work, we all enjoyed a well deserved chill out on the beach before heading home to spend the evening with our families.

By Chloe

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Think Pacific excited to welcome our first team for rural province of Ra as April 10 week expedition begins!

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Our Ra April 10 week expedition is underway, and the teams arrival yesterday provided a hugely exciting moment for Think Pacific, as they shall be our first volunteers to the very rural province of Ra, located at the northern tip of Fiji’s biggest island Viti Levu!

After months of planning the expedition has begun, with the team arriving at their briefing spot in Pacific Harbour, ready for a big few days of orientation and team bonding, before making the 5 hour journey to their project village and new home of Malake Island on Friday, where they shall implement the first ever youth and sports development initiatives to the local kindergartens, primary and secondary schools.

You can follow the teams progress in Ra through our Blog at, our Facebook page, and through our Twitter @thinkpacific!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Moturiki Team – Build project underway in Navuti as foundations & frames are completed!

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This week was the first week of school holidays, so everybody was on the building project. We are extending the village hall, as at the moment it can only just fit everybody inside it!

So far we have moved timbers from one side of the village to the other. At times this involved four of us to carry one (very large) plank whilst Lulu went solo marching through the village with it hoisted onto his shoulder. Luckily the village guys were also there to lend a hand with the larger pieces of timber, using this time to show off their strength in front of the girls of the group!

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We then had to cut the timbers to size, and this took a couple of days of careful measuring and marking before the inevitable sawing which was sweaty work and made everyone’s muscles ache, especially with the thicker posts that were to be used for the foundations of the extension.

We then cemented the posts in place; this in itself was a challenge as we had to mix the cement first. Luckily, again, the village lads were on hand to collect large bags of sand from the beach. The tap used to collect water for the cement mix was loosely connected thus often fell apart completely soaking everyone within its blast radius.

build - annie mixing cement

As we neared the end some frantic mixing broke out as the day’s end was drawing in and there were still post holes to be filled, and a chain line formed as loads of cement was passed along at increasing speeds with ever more shouting to accompany it. As frantic as this was the post holes were finally filled on time!

To round off the week we began to erect the wall frame along the long side of the build. This took a lot of hammering, resulting in several sore thumbs. With the flooring and wall frame up the build project is already starting to take shape.

by Niall

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Sports Outreach – Volunteers deliver coaching sessions for all students at the Nabasovi District School on Koro Island!

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With the ‘Sports Outreach’ being a key aim of our Youth & Sports projects, in offering sessions and workshops for students across rural primary and secondary schools, our 6 month volunteers were once again on the road for an outreach at the Nabasovi District School, and it did not disappoint!

The sports clinics delivered for the kids were across Netball, Volleyball, Rugby, Lacrosse, Frisbee, Boot Camp and Dodgeball, with 20 minute rotations across the stations for years 1-4, keeping them fully engaged and active throughout the afternoon. Below are some pictures of a huge afternoon for sports development at Nabasovi!

Monday, April 27th, 2015

‘Kaiviti Day’ – Learning to farm the jungle plantations & cook traditional Lovo feast!

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On Saturday I awoke bright and early and was ready for ‘Family Saturday’! My family were planning on showing me how they make their living on their farm, deep in the Fijian bush. So we set off for the farm and I was assured it was only a short walk away, and after about 30 minutes of solid hiking up a muddy track, my dad produced two horses for us to ride. One carried my cousin and myself and the other carried my Fijian parents and brother.

Once we arrived at the farm, an hour or so later, my parents showed me around, and I got to see the whole farm! At the start everything was just green to me but by the end of the tour I was starting to identify the different crops and their values. Just at the end, my dad showed me how to plant the crops, which meant I got to plant some cassava, dalo and grog. So by home time I felt like quite the Fijian farmer!

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We packed our stuff, got the horses ready, and then out of nowhere James and Jennie appeared out of the bush. They had enjoyed the opportunity to make a traditional Fijian lovo, before Jennie and James took the chance to get up on the horses as well.

Once we all made it back to the mango tree where the lovo was, we dismounted and started climbing coconut trees and had some lunch from our traditional oven. All in all it was a great day!

by Craig