Each afternoon we lead extracurricular activities such as art, drama, dance, music and photography and we organise lots of fun and structured games and activities. If you have a particular passion, from drawing to singing, this is your time to shine!
Our aim is for our youth projects to be varied and inclusive, offering support for all children within the community and we rely on your imagination and creativity.
Fijian children are gentle, playful and bursting with energy. They also have very little opportunity to take part in any form of extracurricular activities. Many of the children have never used paint or art materials before, used a camera or practiced a dance routine. We also introduce debating, public speaking, young enterprise competitions. Through our extra-curricular projects we increase confidence, self-esteem and aspirations of children, we broaden their horizons and introduce them to new themes and we see their social skills develop massively in a short space of time, whilst having a huge amount of fun! The attention you provide through teaching and organising simple activities really does make a difference.
The House Cup!
To complement of youth projects and create more fun and excitement, we introduce the 'House Cup' to every school we visit. We split the children and also volunteers into houses and we then compete in different areas, from singing competitions and dance competitions to debates and end of project sports days! The aim is increase childrens self esteem as they gain points for their achievements and see their skills develop. The project is inclusive and offers the chance of all children to be involved in different areas. It becomes just as competitive for our volunteers and the local teachers as it does for the children! Will you coach your children to be champions of their school cup?.
Be an inspiration
During the past year alone, our volunteers have organised drama productions for Fijian children such as Jospeh the Musical and the Lion King, developed Fiji's Got Talent competitions, the Fiji X-Factor, ballet classes, ballroom and zumba dance lessons and introduced recorder, guitar, piano and sax lessons, art and crafts lessons and big events, festivals and island shows. Our volunteers play a key role in the organisation of each and every activity and you can start your own singing lessons or dance rehersals with the village kids from the day you arrive in the village!
Long Term Impact
Think Pacific purchase materials and resources to establish the first youth projects in schools and rural villages. For all youth projects, our aim is that the skills and enthusiasm that you offer, combined with the initiative, enthusiasm and commitment of the local teachers and adults in the community, allows the youth clubs to be sustainable and continued by local people long after the project is complete. Our House Cup programme is now being successfully continued in over fifty schools in Fiji by the local teachers, enabling children to continue to develop their interests and increase their skills and confidence in new activities. The initiative has also been recognised by the Fijian Ministry of Youth and Sports and Fijian Ministry of Education who have requested Think Pacific to implement youth programmes nationally and as a central aim of every project.
Scott Hooker, LondonIt was incredible and just about the most memorable thing I may ever do. I cannot thank you and Harry enough. The work we did was just unbelievable.