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Tertiary Health Students Return from an Eye-Opening Program in Fiji

A group of health promotion and nursing students recently returned from 10-days in the remote Fijian highlands.

The students gained valuable pre-service experience and exposure to the unique issues presented by remote area and tropical health, as well as a life-changing cultural immersion experience.

The students consulted with a cross-section of stakeholders in the highland region, gathering data for a needs assessment informing a proposal for a nursing station in our host village. The expedition provided valuable support for a key Dreaming Project- the collaborative construction of a nursing station to address the lack of proximate health care in the village.

The visit, led by Destination Dreaming Program Co-ordinator Clint Miller, was successful in raising the awareness of the Fiji Military, who have pledged support in clearing the proposed construction site.

For further information on this Dreaming Project, or to coordinate a tertiary workplace training or research project, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Caloundra State High School 2006

In September 2006, a third group of staff and students from the Caloundra State High School community set out on a Destination Dreaming Cross-Cultural Learning Program.

The program involved spending time in both the highlands of Fiji and on the island of Waya in the Yasawa Islands. The group explored coastal and highland environments, the Fijian language, local food and ceremonies.

An important part of the trip was formalising the relationship between Caloundra State High School and Natutale Primary School. The Principal of Natutale Primary School and Caloundra State High School teacher Tracey Fox signed a formal adoption of a sister school relationship, followed by a kava ceremony and presentation of educational resources members of the Caloundra schooling community had donated.

Some of the highlights for students were: trekking through the mud with local teenagers their own age to visit an ancient cave system, joining local fishermen on a night boat trip to catch food for the following day, and cooking fish over the fire after fishing by a remote swimming hole in the highlands.

To see a selection of program photos, click here to visit the album on Facebook.

Caloundra State High School cultural immersion in Fiji