Written on: 17/01/2012 by LKolstad (1 review written)
There is so much to like about the Fiji expedition! The construction project, where we build water tanks to improve the drinking water capacity for the local villagers, was an incredibly rewarding and constructive experience. Water is at a premium in the Yasawas and by harvesting rainwater GVI is making a noticeable difference in the region. Occasionally, tribal politics in the villages proved to be a bit frustrating, as many villagers had strong opinions regarding the location and number of tanks to be installed. Having said that, it is important to learn how to deal with the locals diplomatically. The education project greatly developed my passion for teaching. I had a great time teaching fourth graders English, Math, Science, and History. We also did some arts & crafts, had some singing sessions, and played lots of sports! The kids are so energetic, but as a result they can be very difficult to manage at times. The school teachers will generally be very helpful towards volunteers, but some teachers are better than others in that regard. Living on base was an extraordinary experience. I did some gardening and cooking, I learned how to open a coconut, and I even went octopus hunting! While work during the week was challenging, the weekends were a relaxing and fun-filled time. Overall, I definitely recommend this program! It is a perfect example of a work-hard, play-hard environment!