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Thank you. This was an amazing trip and probably the most rewarding experience of my life. I really enjoyed every aspect of it. Here is my feedback:

Highlights of the trip:

The cultural experience and being able to live with locals and having the opportunity to experience the local life style. I also really enjoyed my teaching project. My highlight was teaching my grade 6 class and being able to notice an improvement in their English during my 2 weeks. This really made me happy to see that I have made a difference.

Comments on the team, food and accommodation:

The coordinators at Green Lion were very friendly and always helpful if I needed help with something. Some of the coordinators’ English wasn’t that good but communicating with them was still no issue. The food was mostly at high standards. I enjoy Indonesian food so this was no problem for me, I only would have liked more choice for breakfast. The accommodation was overall good, the bedroom was cleaned regularly and the bathroom was in good condition.

Any improvements to help us be better:

Overall my whole experience was always reaching my expectations and I would not have changed anything. However, I there was an issue at the airport pick up as I was waiting for 5 hours until my driver arrived, even though the coordinators were there when I arrived, and they even told me to come at 2pm. That was not the best start for me but when I got to Lovina everything was fine.

I would also suggest that the coordinators should give more guidelines to the volunteers as others and I were sometimes lost. But in the end we always figured it out.

I hope this helps, I would again like to say that this was an amazing and mind-opening experience. I have learnt a lot from the locals, fellow volunteers and also the kids that I was teaching. I will never forget this and I am looking forward to volunteering again, perhaps in a different country next time.

Best regards,

Alicia Hartung

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Posted: July 29, 2017
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10
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9
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This is from Brian and I as we both have very similar thoughts on our experience

Highlights of the trip:

The highlights of our trip was getting to know the workers and the children at the orphanage, we both felt privileged to be welcomed into their home and learn about their lives. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, which is such a change from Sydney. We loved the fact that this trip allowed us to experience Fiji and disconnect from our lives back home. We both miss Fiji and look forward to coming back in the near future for sure and volunteering more!

Comments on the team, food and accommodation:

Food and accommodation was great! We both were so grateful to be looked after so well and felt like we were extremely welcome. Brian especially loved the food and culture of the family, as being born and raised in Kenya; it felt a lot like home for him. Accommodation was super clean and tidy as well which we appreciated!

Any improvements to help us be better:

Nope – we are thankful for the experience. Thank you!

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Posted: July 28, 2017
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10
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9
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10
By: Em Em
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VOLUNTEER NUTRITION AND PUBLIC HEALTH, FIJI

“From the moment you arrive in Fiji you will be struck by the natural beauty of the islands but equally moved by the genuine and kind-hearted Fijian people”…. these were the first couple of lines in my tourist guide and before landing I didn’t fully understand the meaning of these words.

Today, after the weeks spent with my host family and at the Health Centre, I realized that what makes this place so special are the people who live here. The Health Team was very welcoming and the way they take care of patients and volunteers made me feel like at home.

I didn`t have any expectation from this experience because it was my first time as a volunteer involved in a nutrition, dietetic and public health programme. I can definitely say it was a great experience, both culturally and professionally, and It has been incredibly exciting to help the local team to make a difference in the Fijian community.

I had different work experiences, but this was the most challenging one because I was not used to the environment and the different people`s mindset. Nevertheless, I helped with dietetic one on one consultations during the NCD`s and the Maternal Child Health clinics and I felt like I really could make a difference at the grass root level with the locals, many of whom struggle with diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. I also had a lot of fun delivering health talks in schools and helping the CCOHSI team during their interesting activities for the community.

Vinaka to everyone, for this amazing work experience and for making me more conscious of what I want to do in the future.

Veronica, March 2017

I found the program by searching nutrition programs in google https://www.volunteering.org.au/volunteer-abroad/nutrition-programs/

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Posted: July 28, 2017
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10
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10
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9
By: Joely
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I participated in the Fiji nutrition project because I am interested in public health, health promotion, nutrition, and health education. I have studied a Bachelor of Health Sciences with majors in Nutrition and Exercise Science

I wanted to take part in an experience that would help me to grow as a practitioner in the future and give me good insight into the work of health promotion and education.

Living and working in Fiji for a month is a really exciting. Getting to know a local family and community, and working with these individuals to teach them about good nutrition and the importance of adopting a healthier lifestyle was very fulfilling.

I like to be hands-on when I do anything, so this project was the perfect style for me to gain the most, but also to give the most. It was also very affordable compared to other organizations I researched and the quality was excellent.

My time in Fiji was so good! I learnt more than I could have hoped for, and the experiences I had will be so beneficial for me in the long run. I was very lucky with the program and have to give a big thanks as I know it was difficult at times to make sure there was enough work for me for the entire 4 weeks. You realise once you are over there that things just don't always go to plan, as we all know "Fiji time". Overall, it was a great experience, Masi and his family were lovely and so hospitable.

I would definitely recommend volunteering in Fiji with IVI especially for nutrition and naturopathy students who want to gain quality experience. There is a serious need in Fiji in this area. Here is the link to the program I was involved with
www.volunteering.org.au/diabetes-and-nutrition-projects-fiji.html

Matia Floyd - Australia, 2014

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Posted: December 30, 2014
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9
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10
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10
By: mfloyd
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24

Ok I have some time , so I volunteered in Cambodia through IVI www.volunteering.org.au in Nov 2014 and really liked it! I got to see a few different cities in my time there, which is a bit of a challenge with only being able to travel on weekends, but I made it work. It's drenched in the history of the Khmer rouge and it feels like such a young country because of that.

Oddar meanchey I think especially is still somewhat reeling from its occupation as the last stronghold with samraong being at its centre.

The Volunteer project is really great, everything runs quite smoothly. The volunteer housing is nice, able to house quite a number of volunteers comfortably. Typically it's 4 to a room (2 bunk beds), but I was only very with one other boy (2 for the last week) so I had a lot of space and there was never any issues having to wait for 3 other people to use the bathroom.

I was surprised to find that I was staying much longer than anyone else with 6 weeks, typically it seems most people stay 2-4 weeks at most, with the rare person staying longer. It's certainly seems more of a tourism placement than India appears to be. The volunteers were mostly younger too, 20-25 years old.

The culture week was ok, good introduction to getting used to the town and staying at the home stay. The school was the best part though, it's so nice there. It's a pleasant 15min ride from the homestay on the bikes, which we did 4 times a day, nothing too strenuous. The kids are great, there's 5 levels of which I had the top level, being the only native English speaker there so it made the most sense. The oldest they get its about 12-13 with the occasional older kid.

There isn't really any structure to what you teach, you're essentially allowed to do whatever you want. Which is daunting at first but after a few days it feels natural, and you get to know the kids quickly. Then it's all just kinda routine, get up at 7, eat, ride to school for 8, teach until 11, ride home, eat at 12, rest for 2 hours, ride back to school at 2, teach until 5, ride home, eat dinner at 6, talk, sleep, repeat. It's nice.

The Cambodian teachers are very helpful when you need to explain something but in general I had no problems with the kids. We played a lot of football which was good haha.

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Posted: December 30, 2014
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9
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9
By: astock
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