Sunset and Lovo

20th July 2016

Today our team touched down in Fiji ahead of our volunteers scheduled arrival date this coming Saturday 23rd July.  We made the relatively short trip across from Sydney, Australia into Nadi - an approximate flight time of 3 hours and 40 minutes.

We were greeted in the arrival halls by a traditional Fijian band serenading us with some up lifting music (and of course a big BULA). 

Our country team ; Vani and Watson were on hand to collect us from the airport and take us back to the local village which will provide sanctuary for our volunteers during their 2 week discovery work placement experience with us.  Namatakula lies on Fiji's picturesque Coral Coast which consists of Crystal clear water and Golden Sandy beaches.

On route back to the village, Vani and Watson surprised us and said that would like to invite us to be guests at a family Lovo on the beach. Lovo (Underground cooking) is a method of food preparation which is tradition amongst natives in Fiji.  Meats and potatoes are heated in a hole underground and cooked thoroughlyresulting in a delicious meal.

Whilst the food was being prepared at Vani's incredible family home right on the beach, we were privileged to witness a beautiful sunset from the beach front.

As the sunsets on the Coral Coast

As the sunsets on the Coral Coast

We were made to feel at home by Vani and her family, along with some local friends from the village. The scene was set, watching the sun go down, bonfire, the smell of the Lovo and the sound of the delicate waves creeping in.

It was a great way to begin our work in Fiji and look forward to the arrival of our Impact assistants on Saturday.

Below are some more images that capture the community and spirit of our first evening in Fiji.

'Lovo' being precisely prepared

'Lovo' being precisely prepared

Now that's a beach bonfire

Now that's a beach bonfire

Watson enjoying his meal

Watson enjoying his meal

Fun and laughter

Fun and laughter

Our team were presented with traditional garlands as part of a 'lovo' beach ceremony

Our team were presented with traditional garlands as part of a 'lovo' beach ceremony

You can follow the progress of our journey in Fiji by logging on to our Facebook page

Or visit www.travelteacher.co.uk for more information on how you can become an 'Impact Assistant' and embark on a discovery work placement experience with us.