- Water and sanitation
- Kindergarten schools
- Sports development
- Local infrastructure
- Youth initiatives
Think Pacific’s volunteer teams have achieved some remarkable objectives as part of their projects. In the past year alone our volunteers have created community centres, kindergarten schools, installed fresh water to rural villages, built new sanitation facilities and established a full and inclusive programme of sports, kindergarten, health, enterprise, environment, art, drama and music initiatives for Fijian children. All of these project initiatives have been 100% funded by Think Pacific volunteers and achieved by the incredible team work between the local people and our volunteers themselves.
Volunteer achievements in the Fiji Islands
Every Think Pacific volunteer has the opportunity to develop their specific role on our expeditions and contribute to combined volunteer initiatives. Through this combined volunteering approach, our volunteers play a key role in a mixture of building, youth and sports development initiatives, from introducing the first structured sports coaching across the outer islands to offering over thousand hours of dedicated kindergarten and primary school lessons and creating vital local physical development such as installing fresh water systems and building sanitation blocks and kindergarten schools. These are all examples of real achievements that our volunteers have already to made in some of the poorest villages of the Fiji Islands.
Financial support by Think Pacific
As well as carefully structured volunteering roles and objectives Think Pacific believes that financial support is a key element to achieving long term development aims. Through the expedition fee, which each Think Pacific volunteers pay to join our project, Think Pacific is able to provide over F$150,000 (approximately £50,000) of funding each year to local projects. This money purchases the vital building materials, sports equipment and educational materials required to facilitate the volunteer projects in the rural communities. Through the resort elements of our projects, we also provide hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to Fijian resorts and Fijian travel suppliers and our volunteer projects create new job opportunities for local people, including architects, carpenters, boat drivers and trekking guides.
The next phase of Fiji volunteer projects
The volunteers project aims and the experiences that await our future volunteer teams to the South Pacific are immense. In 2012 Think Pacific’s volunteers in Fiji will be supporting Communities in Batiki Island and completing the final stage of the local development aims in Moturiki Island. This includes creating further kindergarten schools, focusing upon fresh water and basic sanitation facilities, extending our youth and sports initiatives across the Lomaiviti Province and starting a training, income generation and apprenticeship programme for unemployed Fijian youths living in the rural communities.
Conservation in the Cook Islands
In the Cook Islands, 2012 will see our diving volunteers undertake a ground breaking marine conservation research project in the Aitutaki Lagoon. Our teams will be complete the first phase of this term monitoring programme. This is an incredibly exciting phase of expeditions, which will fulfil vital local conservation objectives and help to produce long term management plans for communities and conservation organisations to protect one of the world’s most pristine tropical lagoons.
Thinking about making a difference?
If you have the desire to be involved in meaningful conservation research or life changing community projects, then we look forward to hearing from you and telling you more about the difference you can make in the South Pacific. We could be greeting you on the shores of these beautiful islands one day soon. Please contact Simon and our UK team at Think Pacific, 0113 253 8684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the aims and ambitions of our local partners and the volunteer projects ahead.
Joe Lawrence, ShropshireI'm so grateful that I was able to be a part of Think Pacific. You have really created a great organisation and I love the fact that it is so small and personal.