Entries in #gapyear (6)


10 Tips on what to bring to  Suva

Coming to Fiji, especially if this is your first trip overseas or if you’re traveling a long way, might seem a little daunting. You’ll be away from your family and friends, and all the niceties of home. Bringing a few key items can really help make your trip, so to get you started on your packing here is a handy list of things that you might need while here:

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Highlights from the Fiji Healthcare  Project

For my second week in Fiji, I was helping to run a summer programme at Suva Special Needs School and then in afternoons I went to Hilton Hostel to sit with the children there. At the Hilton Hostel, I was introduced to all of the children that were going to be there each day during their two week school holiday. This allowed them to recognise me and feel more comfortable when I went to visit again.

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Some School Time  Fun

The school holidays have just finished in Fiji, and for the last week we were lucky to run a holiday programme in a local disabled school.

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First Day At  Work

My first morning awakening in Fiji was a dazed morning. After over 40 hours of travelling I was finally on Paradise Island with jet lag but it was still heavenly.

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Could You Pass A Fijian Exam?

It’s coming to the end of term 2 here in Fiji at Jon Wesley Primary school and the volunteers have been hard at work marking internal exams sat by all the pupils.

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Staff blog: how to enjoy your free time in Fiji

Volunteering in Suva isn’t all about the work, after the working week has finished volunteers have a wide range of activities to take part in and locations to visit during their weekends. Such activities include the world famous shark feeding dive for those who are already qualified divers, for those that don’t dive but have always wanted to learn they can visit our sister project on Beqa island and join the marine conservation volunteers for a weekend either doing a full open water course, a discover scuba diving session or just go snorkelling in the pristine waters of Beqa lagoon.

If water sports are not your thing there are many other adventurous activities such as a zip line tour, horse riding, jet skis, river rafting, kayaking, surfing and sky diving. If all of that seems a bit too energetic then you can just relax by the beach, go on a visit to a traditional Fijian village or stay home and enjoy the delights of partying in Suva. Locations to visit include Pacific Harbour, Raki Raki, Mango Bay, Beach House, Yasawa Islands, Beqa Island, Mamanuka Islands, Eco Lodge, Savusavu and Nadi.

So whatever you are interested in Fiji offers something for you and when you return to Suva on a Sunday night Mamma and Master will welcome you back to the homestay ready for another week of volunteering! 


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