The suva based volunteers had a monthly social which was totally different from the ones they are used, and it was an afternoon of learning traditional Fijian pottery class which was organised by the Fiji Museum and run by a lovely lady Amelia. The volunteers certainly enjoyed this afternoon and it was also an afternoon of learning something totally Fijian. Suva volunteers were totally appreciative of the fact that they could learn Traditional Fijian pottery and also will be able to take their finished product home and to give as a present to their families. Kudos to all Suva volunteers for attending and looking forward to our next monthly social.
This weeks Suva volunteer social was held at The Fringing Reef along the Nasese foreshore. It was an evening of catching up with the volunteers and sharing their experiences but on a sadder note it was our pioneer Medical volunteer Eoin McCarthy final social with us. But it was a coincidence that it was also the place where he had his first social. Overall, the volunteers had a good time, coupled with good tasty simple food, nice sea breeze it was recipe for success. Kudos to all Suva volunteers for doing a great work at your placements.
Our Nadi, based volunteers are going to have an exciting afternoon of learning traditional Arts class for the experts at CreatiViti Arts Centre which is located along Martintar Road jut opposite one of our placements Mt St Mary's Primary School. The volunteers are so excited to be having something different and are very keen to attend. so it is definitely going to be an afternoon of fun but also of cultural learning.
The second term of school officially started today in Fiji and for those of our volunteers who are here on our Teaching Project were today being taken to their placements in both Suva and Nadi. It was a hectic morning of running around but by midday everything was sorted for them so they will officially start at their placements. All the best budding teachers for the duration of your placements.
Our Medical and nursing volunteers have been very busy on the other side of Viti Levu i was privy to this when i joined them on a Community Outreach Prohramme. This was at a squatter settlement just outside Suva called Wailea. The volunteers accompanied the team from the Raiwaqa Medical Centre to talk on issues regarding Nutrition and growing their own vegetables. This i was sure was an eye opening experience for our three volunteers who were on the programme as they got to experience another side of Fiji.
Wednesday 11th May, 2011 will forever be etched on the minds of the Projects Abroad Fiji staff as the Destination Suva office was officially launched. It was a gathering of the relevant Government stakeholders that we deal with, volunteers, host families, placement supervisors and supporters of Projects abroad. It was a night of celebration as well as sharing with those present what Projects Abroad was all about. there was an abundance of refreshments and drinks and it was indeed a night to celebrate Projects Abroad in Fiji and the growth it has gone through in the last two years and we hope that Destination Fiji will continue in the near future.
Treasure House located along the Queens highway about 1km from Nadi town houses about 14 orphans who are so cute and adorable that when you first visit them you are bound to be taken over by their enthuasism to life with a no care attitude to harsh realities of their lihe. This was one feeling that one of our very own volunteers Mariette Boenders from Holland experienced when she walked in to the orphanage. She has enjoyed working at the orphanage even though for a very short time. A big kudos and thank you to Mariette and other volunteers who have made a difference in the lives of this orphans in the past or are going to in the near future.
The first week of holiday classes have been i should say generally a success for our Nadi Volunteers. They have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the children have warmed up to them so much that they cannot wait to come back to school the following day
. Thumbs to our volunteers for that and keep up the good work.
Our most recent Social was at a renowned Japanese restraunt Daikoku based at Martintar here in Nadi, Fiji and it also was Anne Buglass our outgoing Assistant Manager and two of our very own volunteers Lene and Billie Jeans last social as well.It was a night that was enjoyed by all because we got to sample and taste authentix Japanese dishes and whereby the volunteers caught up and also a chance for our new volunteers to meet up with the rest of the volunteers and the night was i should say a success.
Our volunteers sampling authentic Japanese dishes....yumm..
The school holidays which are for two weeks have begun, so our Projects Abroad Summer School is now in full swing. it is being hosted at the Nadi Airport School, and we had over 50 children in attendance. They were split into either 2 or 3 classes based on age and depending on the number of children in attendance that day and also the activities planned for them by the volunteers.
The morning session starts at 9am and runs until 10.30am when they have recess. The second session is from 10.45 - 12.00pm, followed by 20 minutes for lunch and then outdoor activites until it is time to break for the day at 1pm.
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