Volunteering abroad can be an invaluable experience. You are able to experience new cultures and ways of life; when you get back home, those lessons can translate into skills and experience that benefit you, both personally and professionally – and it also looks great on your CV.

UWE partnered with Think Pacific to offer students the chance to spend four weeks at one of their projects in Fiji. The project consisted of assisting local teachers with rural primary and secondary schools, organising one-to-ones, leading kindergarten classes, pioneering extra-curricular activities and youth clubs, and implementing grass roots sports development initiatives ,which included daily PE classes and sports outreach workshops. The aim of this project was to empower disadvantaged children living in remote and rural Fiji to overcome poverty issues and achieve holistic health.

This summer 18 students from UWE were lucky enough to join Think Pacific on this project. The Think Pacific Project is run in partnership with the Fijian Government and supports remote schools in Fiji.

Second year Business Management Student, Lisa Mathews was one of the students who went on this amazing trip.

Lisa commented:

“I have just spent the last month living in the most warming village, amongst the most positive, smiley, carefree individuals, who have honestly changed my life forever. I will never look back”

She explains she was:

“engrossed in the culture, with treks and adventures on Saturdays truly exploring the area you’re living in. We climbed up a waterfall, crawled through a cave and trekked to some hot springs. Everywhere we went locals would climb trees to pick us oranges or carve papayas with their machetes. Their kindness is phenomenal and this is definitely not my last trip to Fiji”

Think Pacific were extremely positive about each student that went out to Fiji on this trip:

“What a privilege it has been to have such a passionate, caring & energetic bunch of UWE University students on project with us Fiji. It was incredible to hear from the Nubuyanitu families how quickly the students settled into village life. And even more than that, to hear from the teachers how much every volunteer gave to inspire, motivate & enagage the children through their education and sports sessions.”

This fascinating project is one of many volunteering experiences on offer from UWE Bristol. Find out more here http://ow.ly/4pBH30eo0sO

UWE also provide financial assistance for undergraduate students who are looking to work or volunteer abroad – The Go Global Bursary Scheme.