Study­ing flip side of an is­land par­adise

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

It won’t all be sun­bathing at tourist spots for a group of Toko­roa High School Stu­dents who’ve headed to Fiji.

The 13 se­nior busi­ness and health stud­ies stu­dents, along with three teach­ers, left on Mon­day to spend 10 days study­ing dif­fer­ent liv­ing stan­dards and busi­nesses in Fiji.

Health teacher Julie Teao said it was a chance for the stu­dents to learn first­hand rather than hav­ing to go off what some­one else has said.

‘‘It will sup­port our health pro­grammes while also dou­bling as a cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence. We have stud­ied poverty as one of our sub­jects in health but we will also be look­ing at di­a­betes be­cause Fiji has quite high statis­tics,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s more of a case study that they can ap­ply to their learn­ing, tak­ing on the whole con­tex­tual ap­proach where you get to live and ex­pe­ri­ence it.’’

Busi­ness teacher San­jeena Chan­dra said both tourist spots and the ‘‘real thing’’ will be vis­ited dur­ing the trip.

‘‘We are go­ing to spend three days in a vil­lage called De­la­sui, go on a hike, spend time in a vil­lage school, and ex­pe­ri­ence cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties,’’ she said.

‘‘We will be liv­ing ex­actly how they live dur­ing those three days,’’ fel­low teacher Alisha Haare added.

‘‘We are go­ing around Viti Levu which is the main is­land in Fiji and they will see ev­ery­thing,’’ Chan­dra said.

Haare said they were look­ing for­ward to the trip af­ter work­ing hard to make it pos­si­ble.

‘‘We are ex­cited now as we have done lots of fundrais­ing and there has been great sup­port from the com­mu­nity so we would like to thank all our spon­sors,’’ she said.

Chan­dra said the build up to the trip started two years ago and they hope to make it a reg­u­lar trip.

‘‘Each stu­dent had to come up with $1000 and we fundraised the rest. We started it in Year 11 and have been talk­ing about it since and there are even a cou­ple of stu­dents who haven’t been on a plane be­fore,’’ she said.

‘‘Apart from one stu­dents it is also the first time for every­one to visit Fiji so we are think­ing it is go­ing to be a life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Fiji has 332 is­lands, of which 106 are in­hab­ited, and 522 smaller islets. Viti Levu and Vanua Levu ac­count for around three-quar­ters of the to­tal land area.

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