I volunteered in Fiji with GVI for 2 months in 2012, based off a little island called Nanuya Lailai in the Yasawa Island chain. I taught English and a couple of other subjects to a class of children at a local school and helped to build water catchment systems in various villages on neighbouring islands. Daily life is all about communal living. You cook in shifts and eat together around a huge wooden table, spend your spare time exploring the island and playing cards or just hanging out: you hand wash your clothes and the facilities are basic. You sleep dorm style, in bunk beds, and live closely with the wonderful Fijian families on the island. It might seem rudimentary, but it doesn’t take long before you adjust to it. On Nanuya Lailai there’s a shack 5 minutes down the beach – Lo’s Tea House – which sells hot, sweet tea and slabs of chocolate cake, beautiful shells and handcrafted items. Walking down to Lo’s with your friends, after a day of construction or teaching, for a thick slice of cake followed by a swim in the sea is one of the sweetest memories I have. The Fiji expedition gave me the chance to live in a gorgeous, palm-tree studded, island wilderness while I explored my interest in teaching. I’m now finishing a post-grad TESOL course in Sydney. Not only does it look great on your CV and develops your personal interests, it also immerses you in the beautiful Fijian culture, and that oddball group of volunteers that steps onto a boat together on the mainland will become your friends. I still see my GVI friends 4 years later, and they’re some of the most spirited and adventurous friends I’ve had the pleasure to make. I can’t speak highly enough of the GVI Fiji expedition, its organisation and all the people involved – go live on a tropical island! It’s as good as it sounds!