21st July 2016
Today we continued our preparations ahead of our groups arrival. We took the opportunity to visit Suva in order to do a grocery shop. Suva is the capital of Fiji. It's a city of broad avenues, lush parks and grand British colonial buildings such as the Suva City Library. Suva's colourful, lively Municipal Market offers a vast range of local fruit and vegetables - which we were to find out later in the day.
Prior to our shopping trip, Travel Teachers Director; Matt Ray took the opportunity to visit Ratu Filise Memorial School to meet with the Head Teacher Chika and engage with some students prior to the start of our project placements on Monday.
We received a very warm welcome from both students and staff at the school, who are extremely excited to be working with us, and are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to meet our volunteers.
The students in the school are currently preparing for exams which take place in two weeks time, these exams are very similar to SAT tests in the UK. The results from these exams allow the teachers to forecast and predict student outcomes in the future.
Back to our mission to do a grocery shop to ensure our volunteers are well nourished throughout their experience. We took the car and journeyed a mere 86km to the capital Suva. The weather conditions today largely consisted of rain which made the drive a little more challenging.
Suva boasts a fantastic market where locals sell fresh fruit and vegetables at a very reasonable price. We came away with lots of fresh produce which will contribute towards some tasty home cooked meals throughout our volunteers stay.
Upon our return back to base, we spent a considerable amount of time unpacking groceries and even found time to sit together as a team and reflect on the foundations that we have already built for our provision. This is an incredibly exciting time for us and we feel privileged to be doing what we do and making a difference in not only the lives of young people but also our Impact assistants who choose to volunteer with us.
We will leave you with a big BULA from students at Ratu Filise, enjoy.
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