Visit to Fiji no holiday for students
A tropical island holiday sounds relaxing, but it will be hard work for this group of teenagers.
The St Cuthbert’s Global Village Habitat team will be spending their term break working on transitional shelter projects in Fiji.
A group of 13 volunteers will be jetting off to Nadi on June 28 for a week of hammering nails, sawing wood and drilling holes to help those affected by cyclones.
‘‘Basically the team makes the frame of a house,’’ student Ella Penny says.
‘‘It’s giving back to the community, doing something you can take pride in.
‘‘It’s only a week of our time but it’s making such a difference to other people.’’
St Cuthbert’s values programme manager Anna Wong has been organising volunteer groups with Habitat for Humanity for the past eight years.
The transitional shelters built by volunteers provide temporary accommodation when cyclones cause damage to local communities.
Wong says the girls know what they are in for.
‘‘I don’t soft-soap the trip,’’ she says. ‘‘They know they’re not there for a holiday. It’s going to be a lot of hard work but it will be very rewarding.’’
Far from the usual tourist accommodation, the team will be spending the week staying at the Nadi Community Hall.
Aside from hard work, the trip provides an opportunity for the girls to experience different way of life’’.
‘‘I’m looking forward to seeing the real Fiji,’’ student Erica Li says.
‘‘On a normal
trip you always get presented with the tourist Fiji and you never get to see the other side.
‘‘It will be really nice to experience the normal lives of the people.’’
St Cuthbert’s College students Erica Li, Ella Penny and Georgia Clarke along with their 13-strong group will be helping those affected by cyclones.