Fijian Lovo - Earth's Oven!

Introducing you to Fijian Culture

Traditionally Lovo means - cooking underground.  It is a process that is echoed by the Hawaiians, Samoans and of course the Fijians.  Lovo doesn't just stop with cooking, its also cause for celebration. 

Volunteers who embark on an Impact Expedition with Travel Teacher will get to experience Lovo first hand, not only will they have an extraordinary cultural experience but they will also be introduced to well cook meats and root crops.

Earth's Oven

This is how it works: To begin with the locals will dig a large pit in the earth and line it with fire heated river stones, then the meats and fish will be wrapped in banana leaves and thrown into the pit along with root crops like cassava and covered in the dirt. The process of cooking the food takes around 3-4 hours before the grand unveiling.  This slow cooking methods leaves the food full of flavour.

Cooking Lovo in Fiji

Cultural Immersion

Fijian lovo is the ultimate culture trip, sampling the islands very best, fresh produce whilst relaxing in the company of local people - with a beach fire of course. 

During our inaugural night in the village of Namatakula in Fiji,  Travel Teacher volunteers will be treated to sunset and Lovo which will make for a spectacular start to their volunteering experience. It will be a great opportunity to engage with local people and here stories of the village, there may even be time for more Kava!

Sunset and Lovo, Fiji

So who is looking forward to a traditional Fijian feast on the coral coast of Fiji? It will certainly be a meal and more so, an experience that you wont forget!

Thank you for reading!  Travel Teacher aims to create impact through meaningful travel experiences.  Our engagement stems through the delivery of volunteer projects abroad in Fiji and The Cook Islands. Our provision combines education and exploration, we encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and broaden your own horizons whilst developing key transferable skills and making lifelong memories.