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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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Sand  Dunes

The beauty of Fiji’s many beaches never fails to take my breath away, regardless of how many times I have been, or where they are. But walking the sand dunes was something extra special.

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Mount Korobaba

This weekend we decided to climb the nearest mountain to Suva, Mount Korobaba (Ko-rom-bam-ba). It’s located just outside in a town called Lami – you pass through it on the road down from Coral Coast from the airport.

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My Favourite Place

I love fruit. It’s no secret, I could easily eat different fruit for every meal every day and be completely content. So, it makes total sense that my favourite place in Suva is the market.

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Life As a Journalism  Intern

As a Journalism graduate and as somebody who back in Britain juggled freelancing with government admin work, I found myself wanting to experience something new and exciting.

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What I have learned in the past six months in Fiji

After spending the last six months in this beautiful developing island state, new pearls of wisdom have washed ashore, and silver linings have revealed themselves through any hard learned lessons.  There is definitely something to be said about living and working in paradise, and while anyone may experience ups and downs when away from home, I find value in chaos, and beauty in understanding myself and my place in this wonderful country.

I walk around barefoot. Say hello to strangers. I care less what cobwebs belong to which spider. I appreciate the rain; the sound of it on tin roofs. How your blood rushes in cold showers. Life is less cluttered.

Everything feels more authentic. Beauty goals and ideals are without its attainment through unnatural, painful or artificial means, because I would go a day without looking in the mirror. I know what the tree looks like that my fruit from the market comes from, because I have picked them myself.

When dealing with local partners, you are met with the optimistic ‘you have something good to bring, lets hear it’ attitude as opposed to the doubt and cynicism you may encounter back home. It’s less about who you are on paper and more about active thinking.

I have learned infinitely more about the environment, and even more so I feel reconnected. I did not have much intention on learning how to dive, and now I have found a whole new world to wanderlust.

Things don’t always go as planned, so you quickly learn the futility of complaining. You adapt to ‘Fiji Time’. Promises are often only a meaning of intent. If anything, I plan less and come up with the same results.

Family is the cornerstone of every aspect of life here. Do not take everything at face value, as even though you are welcomed instantly, respect is earned and relationships are slow burning, but the rewards are invaluable, because feeling like you are part of a family is priceless.

Political sentiment of the past and present echoes through the mouths of taxi drivers, and as you listen awkwardly you will yourself to learn more. This may not be your home country, but pick up a newspaper once in a while.

Rugby. As a sport for me it has gone from vagueness to familiarity, and Fiji is an amazing place to be for it.

I am drawn to Fijians for their strength and positivity, and whilst i emulate these traits, I maintain healthy ways of addressing sorrows. Despite respect for the natural order and circle of life, I maintain that the battle does not have to be lost for all animals (RIP Turbo!). I have learned that it is important to take what you can, give back, improve yourself but not lose sense of self.

My only regret is not keeping a journal for the especially eventful days. Fiji Day, in particular, you have stayed strong in my memory.

I may not be slingshotting bats out of trees, or successfully spearhunting fish anytime soon, and I will never master the art of consuming chilli and then remembering not to rub it in my eyes, but maybe in my own sweet Fiji time i’ll get there eventually! 

By Sophia Victorian - Teaching and Community Project Coordinator 

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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! 


Find out more about Frontier's volunteering projects in Fiji.

Check out what volunteers in Fiji are up to right now!