Think Pacific was extremely proud and very excited to welcome our inaugural Cardiff University volunteer team to the Fiji Islands this week, as after months of planning and preparation, we launched our Youth and Sports Development project with the University.
The team left Nadi early on Saturday morning, making the 3 hour journey along Viti Levu’s stunning coral coast, before reaching their beautiful briefing spot of Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour. The afternoon was then spent enjoying some sunshine on the sports pitch, with team games of ‘rugby-netball’, touch rugby and rounders providing the perfect backdrop to team building and getting to know eachother a little better! The evening also saw the ‘battle of the brains’ in the quiz night, where team ‘Quiztina Aguilera’ came out victorious, and took home the coveted pack of chocolate cookies!
Sunday was then spent briefing and preparing for the project and village life, and the youth and sports initiatives ahead. In the morning Think Pacific’s Community Development Advisors presented on local culture and customs, the history and evolution of the ‘Healthy Islands’ and ‘Health Promoting Schools’ programmes, and the key areas of focus for our Cardiff University volunteers, before Mrs Analesi, of the Little Ones Kindergarten and Global Youth Leader, spoke on the importance of Early Child Education in Fiji. The team then broke down into smaller groups for workshops with our project leader team, focusing upon lesson planning through the ECE, Primary School and sports coaching sessions, so that they may be well prepared for projects to begin on Tuesday morning!
Waking up this morning the team are soon to load into the TP bus and make the 4 1/2 hour journey up the eastern coast of Viti Levu into the province of Ra, before boarding the outboards for the 10 min boat crossing around Navitilevu bay to their new home of Navuniivi village. The village itself it very remote, which is an exciting challenge for our team, and they shall then be supporting 3 rural Primary Schools and 2 Kindergartens with our comprehensive education, youth and sports coaching programmes, and everyone is eager and excited to begin!
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