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Volunteer of the Month (August): Trenah Stauffer - Fiji Healthcare

Congratulations to Trenah Stauffer, our August Volunteer of the Month. We asked our staff in Fiji to pick a stand-out volunteer who had gone above and beyond in their duties. Our Project Coordinator for Suva, Natasha Hope, chose Trenah for the award, a volunteer on Frontier's Fiji Healthcare Project.

Into The Wild: Why did you choose to volunteer with Frontier?

Trenah: I chose to volunteer with Frontier because, based on my research online, Frontier had everything I wanted in a project. It had the location I wanted, the project I wanted, and was decently priced.

Into The Wild: What has volunteering in Fiji involved?

Trenah: While in Fiji, I started a program at a local NGO that went into schools and surveyed children on their basic health and wellness. Once the data was collected, we started analysing the data. Results were shocking but should prove to be extremely helpful and beneficial to the people of Fiji.

Into The Wild: What is life like in Suva? What is a typical day?

Trenah: Life in Suva was amazing! My homestay was fantastic, I absolutely fell in love with the family and plan to stay in touch with them in the future. My typical day consisted of getting up around seven and heading to a local school to perform the survey. Depending on the size of the school, I would usually be done by noon, after which I would go back to my house and start compiling the data. I was also fortunate enough to travel to different parts of Fiji and I got to stay with numerous families, which I loved.

Into The Wild: What has been the highlight of your time in Fiji so far?

Trenah: The highlight of my trip was being able to travel and see the country as a whole for what it had to offer. I loved meeting and staying with all the families, the people were definitely the most amazing part of my trip.

Into The Wild: What did you do in your free time?

Trenah: In my free time, I got to go see different attractions throughout Fiji and continue to travel. I also spent a lot of time with the different families in their villages. While in Suva, I spent most of my free time with the other volunteers doing various activities around Suva such as the museum, the movie theatre, or just catching up for dinner.

Into The Wild: What 3 things would you most like to see/do in the world?

Trenah: The three things I would like to do in the world are:

  1. Continue to travel to see other cultures throughout the world
  2. Go to the Olympics 
  3. Finish my education

Into The Wild: You lived with a homestay whilst in Fiji. How did you find this and how did you get along with your hosts?

Trenah: I loved my family as if they were my own and they are what made my entire trip. Meeting them was the highlight of the trip, in my opinion.

Into The Wild: Has your time on the Fiji Healthcare project had any effect on your plans to become a doctor?

Trenah: Yes, and no. I have known I wanted to become a doctor from a very young age, but this experience has set those dreams in stone. There is no question in my mind that this is what I want to do with my life and Fiji has given me the confidence in that decision.

For more information on Frontier's projects in Fiji, including medical, teaching and marine conservation, please visit the Frontier website.

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