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Crown’s 2014 Fiji Visit

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Each year, Crown Institute offers our travel and tourism students the opportunity to visit beautiful Fiji. This cultural and educational trip is designed so students can experience this popular destination as both tourists and also as future tourism industry employees.
 
The trip was booked through STA Travel, with Feejee Experience offering our students an insight to the ‘real’ Fiji.
 
The group landed in Fiji on the Monday evening, and for the whole of Tuesday the students enjoyed a free day shopping in Nadi. 
 
Wednesday was a busy day for our group: with their tour guide, they visited a local village where the children sang songs to welcome them, and our students gave the school learning materials and lollies for the children. Following this, they visited Natadola Beach, which is considered to be in the top ten beaches in the world. There the students enjoyed a traditional Fijiian barbeque before having fun sanduning on boogie boards and spending the night in Mango Bay.
 
Thursday was an early start beginning with a bushwalk to some beautiful waterfalls, and a boat trip back to the beach. The students then travelled to the Uprising Resort to take lunch, and spend the afternoon relaxing. Some students did activities such as henna painting, lessons on coconut uses, and how to make traditional kokoda (raw fish marinated in coconut milk) dishes.
 
Friday was the last day for our students in Fiji, so while they were still at the Uprising Resort, many of them took the morning to relax, although some of the more active students enjoyed a surfing lesson. After this the students travelled to Suva where they explored the country’s capital before heading to the airport to come back to New Zealand.
 
The Feejee Experience gave our students a fantastic example of how, as both tourists and as future tourism industry employees, we can help support local communities without damaging the environment, while still enjoying everything Fiji has to offer.
 
Thank you to STA Travel and Feejee Experience, and we know our new students will be looking forward to visiting next year!

 

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