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Volunteer stories: Leah Wright

Leah Wright

Bula! WOOOOW! I am completely and utterly amazed at how fast this trip is going, I can’t believe that we only have 3 more weeks left in the village. Since my last blog I’ve taught in school for 2 weeks and although I was nervous about teaching children, they were 2 of the most satisfying weeks I have ever had. The looks of recognition on the children’s faces were just incredible when they understood what I was teaching gave me an amazing feeling! Their enthusiasm to learn is just unbelievable. The time just seemed to fly by and I couldn’t believe it when my last day arrived. I must admit I did feel a twinge of sadness to be leaving the classroom, but it’s great to hear just how much they’re progressing with the other teachers and to know that the children are loving every single minute of the classes is so rewarding.

I started on the build last week and I’m really pleased to say that the walls and the floors are almost done. The doors and the windows are beginning to be fitted, it’s so close to being finished! The week after next we’re all going to be there to paint the whole building, I’m looking forward to doing that!

One of my favourite things about Uluibau is the fact that the whole village runs, laughs, talks, jokes and helps each other regardless. The people here are so unselfish, they just can’t do enough for you, you only have to ask and they’ll do their upmost to see that you’re ok.

Friday night saw us hold the Ratu’s Variety Show. That was really entertaining, to say the least! All acts were brilliant and the audience were clapping, cheering and laughing, getting behind everybody taking part. There was quite a variety when it came to the acts, from a traditional Meke, that was brilliantly performed by our very own little Tim and his younger brother Joji, to Cheerleading, “Hey all you TP fans, let me hear you clap your hands!” Everybody loved it!!    

Yesterday the TP team went to Rukuruku and swam in a fresh water rock pool with water cascading down into it. That was a definite highlight for me without a doubt. The boat ride there and back was fun, at some point we all got absolutely soaked! Living the dream!! Church this morning was fun, when it came to us singing. Millie and I were trying to control ourselves the whole way through, but we’d just got to the point where we just couldn’t do it and we were there quietly laughing, not being able to sing, in front of a rather full church!

Tonight marks the end of Tabu, which lasts 2 weeks, it’s like a shortened version of lent. As I’m writing this, people are sat round enjoying grog, I’m on cup number 3 already, once it gets going, it seems to go on forever, it’s really good fun. Typical Fiji

I am still loving every single second of this epic trip, I still can’t believe that I’m here. I still have to pinch myself occasionally to make sure I’m not dreaming, thankfully I’m not!!!!

I’m well and truly, LIVING THE DREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It 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.
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