A life changing experience: volunteering in Fiji
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Volunteering? In Fiji? Volunteering in Fiji? Yes, you read it correctly. Fiji may be one of the most, if not the most stunning country on the planet but many of the people living on its various islands are living with a sub-standard quality of life. It is for this reason I got involved with VESA (Volunteer Eco Students Abroad) - you may recognise this name because they come onto campus at the start of each year to promote their volunteering programs. I had the opportunity during summer 2012 to embark on a truly life-changing experience with VESA and after being the scared fresher sitting in the introduction talk, I thought why not? I was literally diving in at the deepest and farthest end possible. VESA was amazing: we had great email updates with help on fundraising, where and when to send the money to, and we really did have the support of the company behind us. They even managed to put me in touch the two other volunteers from Lancaster who were going on the same trip so we had the opportunity to fundraise together.
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