Here are the first photos of our July 2012 team enjoying life in the Fiji Islands!
After the long journey to the South Pacific, the team have been spending the past days relaxing in paradise and getting to know one another. Living on a tiny castaway island, less than an acre in size, it’s the perfect spot to sink into the relaxed pace of Fijian life and enjoy some lovely sunshine.
Aside from games on the beaches, swimming in the lagoon and snorkeling the reefs, the team visited the traditional village of Niubasaga on Moturiki Island to meet the chief and experience a kava ceremony. The Fijian Ministry also visited the group to provide a detailed presentation of the project aims and explain the background to the community development needs of the poorest villages in these islands and the volunteer projects that they will soon be achieving for the communities.
This weekend the team will take the journey by motor boat to their new home on Batiki Island, where eight huge weeks of volunteering and village life await. We’ll be creating an entire community hall for the village of Manuku, leading a primary school teaching and kindergarten programme as well as organising afternoon sports and youth clubs for over 100 Fijian children. There’s lots of plans being made, including organising art and photography classes for the kids, a house cup competition and a ‘Think Pacific Olympics’. We can’t wait to arrive back into the wonderful village of Manuku and start the volunteer project!