After a smooth journey across the Pacific Ocean from the castaway island, the most recent Think Pacific team arrived on Nairai. With a huge welcome from the Tovulailai community, the team quickly felt at home with their new Fijian families. Project life could not have asked for a better beginning with all aspects setting off with a flying start!
Libby, Holly, Mario, Jess and Becca have launched Kindi for the children of the village. Given a blank canvas of a bungalow on the beach to work with, they have created an amazing sphere of early learning. The nursery rhyme posters, decorations and wall charts have been a huge hit with the children. Especially Kili, who has had been quite vocal in his appraisals.
Over at Davetarua School, Harry, Alice, Chloe, Michael, Langer and Jack have been utilized more so as toys as the children have enjoyed their culminating week of term. Playing plenty of games in the classes and out on the field they have been left exhausted at the end of the day. With the two week break beginning next week, plans are coming together nicely as we call on all the skills within the team to deliver a chaotic youth camp for the children.
The rest of the team have been on the build, getting their graft on. Jay (our building manager) is a very happy man at the end of week one with all the foundation posts cemented for the community hall. A hall of which the Ratu (Chief) has been anxiously waiting for two years. Watching him sit under the tree and observe with a grin as the build takes shape is a fulfilling sight.
Rugby, Netball, American football, football and dodge ball has been on the agenda for extra-curricular activities this week. In addition has been the house cup, which has got underway with House Art under the theme of ‘the ocean’. The volunteers worked alongside the children to unleash some creativity. Mistress Lo has judged the best and the dolphins took home the spoils and the first house cup title. Great use of sticks Dolphins. Very abstract and…arty!
Outside of project, the team have been immersed into village life with their families. From fishing, cooking, mat weaving and basket weaving the Tovulailai community have loved the team embracing their culture. Most notably during Saturday, out on the small island in front of the village the team headed out with their families for the day to enjoy a true Fijian picnic. Catching their lunch and cooking on a Lovo (underground oven) the whole new community had a sensational time plating volleyball in between catching and preparing the food. It’s been a great start. Bring on the rest of project!!