Volunteers arrive in Fiji! | Week 1
After a busy week of preparations for the volunteer’s arrival, we are thrilled to finally welcome all of our first 3-week volunteers to the villages! Upon arrival at both villages, we were presented with a warm welcome of tea, cakes and tonnes of food. The host families had also made ‘Salusalu’s’- a Fijian garland made from banana leaves, decorated with flowers.
After the celebrations were over, volunteers were able to move into their new homes and enjoy their first Fijian dinner. We spent the following day (Sunday) getting to know our families and adjusting to village life. A typical Sunday in a Fijian village is spent with family and friends, resting and reflecting on the past week. All volunteers went to church to experience a Fijian church service, which was filled with welcomes and beautiful singing from the church choir.
During the first week, excitement fuelled the volunteers as they were briefed on the projects, sites, using tools, and general safety. After these introductions, the first site works could begin. This involved marking a site boundary, putting together a site shelter and outlining the foundation trenches on both sites. The ground works stage of the projects can be the most laborious but the volunteers were not fazed by the extent of digging, and with the help of the locals, the first trenches were excavated in no time!
The volunteers have been really gelling as a unit and within the local community, which has been great to witness. With the positivity of this week we are all looking forward to further progressions next week.
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The CAUKIN Team