This program will focus on improving basic human rights through educational development, infrastructure improvement, and reciprocal cultural exchange, and will take place in one of two GVI bases: Caqalai Island and the Dawasamu District. Caqalai Island is on the edge of an expansive reef system, and the Dawasamu District includes the villages of Silana and Natalei, a region defined by dense jungle, volcanic mountainsides, and the tribal culture of Tailevu Province.
These projects range in content suitable for students studying academic disciplines such as:
- Women’s Empowerment
- Sports and Exercise
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Social Enterprise
- Global Health.
Example project activities include:
- Income generation workshops on eco-tourism and craft-making for women;
- Business workshops on management, sales, and marketing; menstrual hygiene, WASH, environmental sustainability, and additional community-requested workshops;
- Healthy lifestyle and garden projects (e.g. vegetable gardens, greenhouse, and rural agriculture);
- Teaching PEMAC classes, especially physical education.
Silana is small village in the Dawasamu district where I had travelled to learn about traditional Fijian culture and to work with GVI regarding successful methods of generating income to fund members who attend the University of the South Pacific, in addition to build sustainable development projects and rainwater harvesting and preservation. Working with the GVI team has been a great way to learn more about the incredible work that GVI guys are doing every day. It is a wonderful way to stay connected and learn about ongoing social and environmental projects and helping GVI amplify the work done by changemakers internationally.