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Jendayi's Fiji Fundraiser

Jendayi's Fiji Fundraiser
Hello! My name is Jendayi Joell and I am a student North Carolina State University.

I have been selected by VESA (Volunteer Eco Students Abroad) as a participant in a unique adventure tourism program aimed at helping the indigenous people of the Fijian Islands improve their living, educational and conservation conditions.

I need to raise $5,000 to cover the cost of the program, the flight and trip insurance by the end of February 2018.

I will embark on an immersive two-week eco-break tailored to combine a minimum of 40 hours hands-on community-based volunteer work, a one-week home stay in a traditional Fijian village with a local family plus an amazing week-long cultural discovery tour.

Each student raises sponsorship funds that help to cover the costs involved in participating in the program. These costs include hiring local skilled tradespeople to supervise and assist in the building projects, building materials and donations to local organisations.

During my week’s homestay with a Fijian village family, I will work with both construction and education teams.

Construction support efforts may include working with local villagers to construct an eco-friendly village compost, rain-water catchment tanks to provide fresh, clean running water, or restoring school equipment and buildings.

Educational lesson on the environment, health and English will be given to local school children by the volunteers.

VESA Director Shona Luciani says that the program offers the balance of providing invaluable infrastructure and education programs to under-served communities in developing countries and offering life-changing experiences for volunteers.

This is an amazing opportunity for me to experience a new culture and country while contributing the knowledge I have gained in school and helping people.

Thank you in advance for your support and for your contribution to helping others around the world!
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