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Frank Andam Baiden, Week Eight`s Blog Plost

WEEK EIGHT`S PLOG POST
We were at the football for hope center that beautiful Saturday morning, the 6th September, 2014, when the Abro team joined the Cape team on Friday 5th September, 2014. The intention of Abro team being in Cape Coast on Friday was to join the Orange Friday for FETU Afahye. We had a football match which is a return match, we had during the visit to Abro. It was in fact a fantastic game we had.DSC_0331
The first game which was played between the Abro and the Cape ladie`s team ended with 3 goals by of Hannah, Gertrude, Hannah Marshal-Leo, Charlotte Healy and Princess to defeat the Abro team.

The boyz team also surprisingly defeated the Abro team by five goals to nil with four brilliant goals from Oliver, and William with the finishing goal. It was indeed a fantastic play from the Cape team. Lukman Khalil our captain made productive passes to his players to achieve this success.

There was this plan that all of us meet at Goil filling station for a live band at 6:00pm and to the Oasis beach at 11:00pm.
We started home work club which was initially vacation classes again from Monday the 8th of September, 2014.
The mysterious team ABRA-CADABRA, which is being managed by William Clare, (the coach) Frank Andam(team manager), defeated the LATITTUDE FC by 9 goals to 2. We were able to give them 4 goals for the first half and added five in the second half, and managed to score 2 goals out of it.
The media team was at live fm on the 12th, September, 2014, to create awareness about the health screening which will take place on Saturday, the 13th September, 2014.

BY: Frank Andam Baiden

Blog week 7 from Abrobiano :)

We are now into week 7 of our placement with only 2 weeks left in Abro! We only had a four day teaching week ahead before we were to set off to Cape Coast for a fun weekend, so everyone’s spirits were high but we also had a lot to do this week.

Monday started like usual; summer school from 9am onwards, followed by rehearsals with the drama school children to prepare for our last event. Seeing the children rehearse has been entertaining, watching them do the Azonto and sing, they have definitely improved the more we see them. We had ACD with Eric, Amber and Charlotte on Globalisation and Interdependence, which focused on how we can make the world a better place through recycling and being more resourceful. It was a really fun session which involved team games and winning lollipops! We ended the evening by going round the community with our counterparts completing a survey on water; how the community got their water, where from and the overall cleanliness of it. The focus of this research is to use the data to highlight the desperation and the need for clean running water in Abrobiano. We are hoping to influence Lattitude to help us improve Abrobiano by funding a development plan of providing clean water for the community.

We continued our Summer School teaching as usual and headed home for lunch whilst some carried on their water survey in the community; we had to ask 50 people in different areas of the community to get reliable data. We returned back at the office shortly after lunch for basic French lessons kindly taught by Sir Samingo and Alex. We learnt how to ask basic questions and respond, such as what is your name and how old are you/ where do you live? Some of the community members can speak French so hopefully it will come in handy at some point. Following that, we had a beading class with Abigail a previous volunteer. We each got to make earrings which were fun to do and not that hard, it was a creative day! It was a busy one too as we also had football training and volleyball afterwards ready for round 2 at Cape Coast at the weekend.

On Wednesday the Summer School routine as usual occurred followed by the group being taught Fante by Fati and Jutta; we learnt the alphabet which was interesting, I think the group agree we should have started Fante lessons from the first week of being here, but better late than never! Another beading was next, this time the girls got to make pretty anklet bracelets whilst the boys got to make bracelets, so now we are all walking round sporting our latest accessory. Football training and volley ball was on the agenda again until the evening as we all had to get home for dinner and be at Sarah and Lizzie’s social on the beach for 8. We all arrived at the beach not knowing what to expect, but the night turned out successfully; we had chocolate ice cream! And games with prizes, I won the prize for the musical status one (Rachael). The social was a really good turn out everyone came and had a laugh.

Fati and Jutta teaching the rest of the volunteers the local language Fante

Fati and Jutta teaching the rest of the volunteers the local language Fante

Everyone was excited for tomorrow so the atmosphere was good all round,  We had MCD presented by Musa and Fati which was focused on the different regions of Ghana and migration, with emphasis on the Northern/ Volta region. We also learnt which region each of the ICVs comes from. Afterwards we had our weekly team meeting.

Friday finally came; we all got to the office at 7am to head to Cape Coast for our final football match against them. Our first stop was Kakum National Park where we did the Canopy walk. We stopped off at Hans cottage on the way to Cape Coast, where we got to see crocodiles being fed. We finally got to Cape Coast football for hope centre where we were met with an excited welcome from the volunteers, we went out to see the festival and experience Orange Friday and played our match the following day.

 

Jutta and Rachael

Patrick and Gloria, ICS Abrobiano

Monday 25th August 2014

The Lattitude team started the week with a morning of teaching in our Summer School.  Today’s lessons included Maths, English And Art.  In the afternoon the team regrouped for our Active Citizenship Day.  This week’s presentation was on Globalisation and Interdependence and was presented by volunteers Catherine, Lizzie and Mercy.  It was a lively discussion as the group tackled issues around trade and consumerism, fair trade, transnational corporations and sustainable development.

Tuesday 26th August 2014

Today the team met at 8am for a street march around the village.  The aim of the march was to give more exposure to our summer school program in order to encourage as many pupils as possible to attend for the final few weeks of summer.  The team also used the opportunity to promote our upcoming events which include a football and volleyball gala as well as an end of Summer School performance.    After the street march the team headed to classes which today included ICT, Maths and English.  The team regrouped in the afternoon for a team meeting regarding the weeks activities and organisation of events.  After the team meeting volunteers had volleyball and football practice ahead of the weekends volleyball and football gala.  In the evening the football gala team met with the village gang leaders in order to discuss and finalise plans for the weekend.

Wednesday 27th August 2014

The day started with more teaching at the Summer School.  Today’s lessons were Art, ICT and English.  After lunch the football gala team met to further finalise the plans for the weekend’s events.  Other volunteers met with the Peer Education team, going over teaching skills.

In the evening the team met for ‘social night’ at Jenny and Faustina’s house.  We played lots of games like pin the tail on the goat, 2 truths 1 lie and the guess the person hat game.    It was a fantastic evening and another great opportunity for the volunteers to get to know each other.

Thursday 28th August 2014

The morning again started with our Summer School .  Today’s lessons included Art, English, and ICT.  At 2pm volunteer Sam taught the first French Club lesson, which is going to take place every week for the pupils from summer school.  In the afternoon volunteers Rachael and Sam presented their My Culture Day.  They chose to focus on Multiculturalism in the UK and the issues surrounding it.

Friday 29th August

Today was a bit different.  Instead of our usual classes we used the opportunity to weed the football  pitch into pristine playing condition.   Under the watchful eye of the super awesome infrastructure team the school roofing project was completed.  It was a huge success for the team.  In the afternoon the team met again for our weekly meeting. Volunteers Amy and Gilbert spent the day in Cape Coast collecting equipment for Saturdays event.

Saturday 30th August

It was a gorgeous morning in Abrobiano as the team met at 9am in order to collect the canopies and chairs for the football gala.  Once the pitch and posts were arranged the team had lunch and then returned for the event.   The day was a huge success with all 5 gangs arriving and playing the tournament matches.  During the matches Lattitude volunteers recorded information from a survey on the issues within the community conducted with the spectators of the football matches. The data collected will be hugely beneficial for the volunteers in the next cycles, to help shape the project for the future.  Each gang team received a shovel and the winning gang also received a head pan, to help with community labour.  After each match, teams were given watermelon, oranges and water. In the evening volunteers headed to the local bar to celebrate the days success.  On Sunday volunteers rested on the beach and recharged their batteries in expectation of another fun filled busy week.

ICS Volunteers caarying out a survey with the spectators at the Abrobiano football gala

ICS Volunteers caarying out a survey with the spectators at the Abrobiano football gala

Patrick and Gloria

Apologies for the lateness bloggers! Lots of Abrobiano posts coming your way!

The Mid Placement Review (MPR) was the talk of the week as everyone in the team was looking forward to the trip to Kumasi. On Monday, 18th August, volunteers attended their daily summer school classes which started at 9.00am and finished at 12.00pm. Later on in the day, the team met for our fourth ACD presentation which was facilitated by Patrick and Gloria. As before, the ACD was made interactive as volunteers, aided by Patrick and Gloria, delved well into the topic “Social Justice and Equity”. Indeed it was a battle of knowledge as well as a trade of ideas. There was a short meeting afterwards of which we deliberated on upcoming events which included the MPR and the schedule for our one to one the following day. We ended the day with a movie night in Alex and Eric’s host home.

It was the usual summer school classes on Tuesday 19th of August. This was coupled with our one to one talks which stretched from 8:30am to 4.30pm. Earlier, the infrastructure team had kick started with the roofing of the M.A primary school classroom, a course which all volunteers had agreed to make happen, by making individual contributions. Again the Day was ended with a movie night in Eric and Alex’s host home.

Day three on week five, 20th August, was again met with our usual summer school classes. This was followed by a team meeting. As part of our preparation for the MPR, we made a video shooting in which every team in the group briefly spoke about the progress of their projects. In the evening, every team member in the group was looking forward to be wowed by Amy and Fati as it was their turn to surprise the group on their social. We convened in their house and we had fun.

Day four, 21st August was the last summer school for the week. Subsequently, the team met for an interesting MCD presented by Eric and Jutta on the topic “naming ceremony” and Fetu Afahye respectively. This was immediately followed by a team meeting of which the group was reminded of our trip to Kumasi for our M.P.R. everybody went home happy in anticipation for Friday’s trip to Kumasi.

Day five, 22nd August, 2014, the long awaited day finally due. We all convened at the concourse of the office to wait for the bus. An hour later, all the volunteers from Abrobiano and Cape Coast set off to Kumasi. It was an interesting trip full of sessions focusing on each other’s experiences so far on the ICS programme and it was great to hear what the other group in Cape Coast have been up to on their project.

Amy and Gilbert :)

Jutta and Eric's My Culture Day

Jutta and Eric’s My Culture Day

Stefan UK Volunteer, Week 8

So, last weekend saw Cape Coast hold its annual festival. This meant there was a very lively atmosphere around town. I would say the best British comparison would be a bank holiday weekend, in that everyone here seemed to spend all day/ night drinking and eating BBQd food. One difference though, was the massive soundsystems that even the most lowly noodle shop seemed to have, all blasting out a load of Ghanaian music (a tad annoying considering their playlist consists of about six songs).

Also, our colleagues from the sister project in Abrobiano came to visit us, which meant two good nights of partying (definitely no excessive drinking) On Friday, we had a pool party, which was good fun. On Saturday, we had the football matches, which I am proud to say Cape Coast breezed through, barely even breaking a sweat, with the girls managing to make up for their embarrassing first-leg defeat. In the night we went to Oasis (basically the western club/ bar here) where we all got nice and merry. IMG_0716[1]

Nothing particularly noteworthy happened in the week.

Week 7

Bho Bho,

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, they also say brevity is the soul of wit, and here on team Mzuzu we happen to agree. To that end our journalistic enterprises will remain meagre whilst our photographic opus will, we hope, give you a greater feel for life out here in Malawi.

In brief, it is now week 7 here in Mzuzu, and we’ve all found our groove with our partner organisations, we’ve both gained momentum and lost it with our projects at various points throughout our tenure here. Work can be as frustrating as it is rewarding, when we’ve had a bad day or a good one; such are the vicissitudes of working in a developing country where disorganisation rules supreme. The path is never simple working here and to suggest that all things go smoothly at all times would be to do prospective volunteers a disservice.

That said, despite the challenges it takes only one good session, a thankful remark or sign of appreciation to remind us why we all want to be out here in the first place.

We’re now post halfway point, which, mercifully, was spent in Nkhata Bay, a beautiful lakeside area, where we were able to enjoy a little bit of downtime, swimming and canoeing in that famous lake, and lounging in the bar enjoying a few shandies and some palatable grub!

Our latest newsworthy happenings are that we are currently organising a talent show for the gifted amongst us in Mzuzu with a view to promoting all of our partner organisations and what they, and we, do. The auditions are through and the running order is finalised with a line up of poets, dancers, gymnasts, martial artists and singers taking the stage this coming Saturday, lets hope it goes off without a hitch. It’s clear from the amount of interest we’ve had in the town that events and activities for young people are lacking out here, which goes to show how worthwhile something like this is for Mzuzu.

That’s all for now.

Tionana,

Team Mzuzu

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International Day of Charity

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Today is the International Day of Charity, established with the objectives of getting people together from all around the world, to help others through volunteering and acts of kindness.

The 5th of September was chosen as it marks the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa; a woman known for her nurturing character, love of humanity, and hard work to over come the struggles of poverty.

Some may see charity as purely a monetary donation, but charity is much more than just this and comes in many forms. Giving your time is perhaps the greatest form of charity because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back. Another aspect of charity is that of raising awareness of local and global issues, such as those highlighted by the Millennium Development Goals, which leads more people and organisations to act charitably.

Here at Lattitude Global Volunteering, charity is about volunteering to help those in need around the world, about raising awareness of global issues and our common humanity, and above all it is about empowering young people through the beneficial experience of charity and volunteering; developing skills, meeting new people, and opening our eyes to the world we live in.

To get you thinking about charity, here are some quotes from some of the most inspirational figures in our history:

“It’s Not How Much We Give, but How Much  Love We Put Into Giving” – Mother Teresa

“Charity sometimes gets dismissed, as if it is ineffective, inappropriate or even somehow demeaning to the recipient… Let us recognise charity for what it is at heart: a noble enterprise aimed at bettering the human condition.” - Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General

“The Best Way To Find Yourself Is To Lose Yourself In The Service Of Others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“No One Is Useless In This World Who Lightens The Burden Of Another” – Charles Dickens

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important.  You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power; may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result”  - Mahatma Ghandhi

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

“Not until the creation and maintenance of decent conditions of life for all people are recognized and accepted as a common obligation of all people and all countries – not until then shall we, with a certain degree of justification, be able to speak of humankind as civilized.” - Albert Einstein

“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go” - Mother Teresa

 

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Laura – Week 7 ICS Cape Coast!

This week at Cape Coast the team has been engaged in preparation for our remaining weeks here at the football centre!

We have been arranging events for the eagerly anticipated visit from the rural Abrobriano team! Their visit coincides with the ‘Oguaa Fetu Afahye’ festival in Cape Coast. This festival is a cultural celebration of the traditional Oguaa area. Oguaa is the traditional name for the first settlement of people in what would later become the Cape Coast we know today. It is also the name of the Football for Hope centre we are based in! Today is known as Orange Friday in Cape Coast and marks the beginning of the festival. Everyone is expected to wear orange and take part in festivities throughout the day, as reflected in the picture!

Other preparations carried out have been in planning a ‘Health Screening Day’ at the football centre. This screening day endeavors to attract parents of children who attend the centre into the centre for some basic medical tests and advice. It is one of the ways that Lattitude ICS and the Football for Hope centre are hoping to extend their work into the wider community in Cape Coast.

The team managed to complete a series of learning days at the centre and have moved onto ‘culture days’. Culture days involve each volunteer in the team conducting a presentation on the area they are from. Derick and Richard kicked off proceedings with Derick presenting on the Ewe people of the Volta region in south-eastern Ghana. Richard also educated us on his ‘ends’ in Slough town in the UK.

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I Now Call Fiji Home – Abbey Paterson

Lattitude volunteer Abbey Paterson has recently extended her 8 month placement for another 4 months, because of of the attachment and commitment she has developed for her placement; calling it her new home. Read all about her experience below: 

I have spent a wonderful 8 months living in Fiji as a Lattitude Global Volunteering volunteer. This year has shown me things I never expected to see and thrown challenges at me which I would have never expected to be able to deal with. Fiji is now somewhere I call my home and I am very excited to inform you that it will be my home for a further 4 months, as I have extended my stay as a volunteer to include the third school term.

I was originally placed in Bureta Village on Ovalau, where I spent 9 weeks volunteering at the Kindergarten and the primary school. I fell in love with the people in Bureta, most of all the children I spent time with. I have many life long memories from my time there and I made some very close friends during the short time I lived in Bureta. Unfortunately my host family were experiencing family issues and it was decided by Lattitude that I, along with my volunteering partner, would be removed from the placement. On return home, I hope to arrange to work with the charity ‘Children of Fiji’ to provide a box of resources for the Kindergarten in Bureta, as it is where I spent the majority of my time while volunteering in Bureta.

Bureta Teaching

Bureta Kindergarten

One of the benefits of volunteering overseas with an organisation such as Lattitude, is that they support you in the unlikely event that your placement doesn’t work out. My country manager Joanne Rymell arranged for us to stay in accommodation close to her home on Ovalau. After two weeks, Joanne had a new placement arranged. My volunteering partner and I would be moving to Lovoni village, situated in the interior crater of Ovalau. Lovoni is a hardcore traditional village, where life is centred on farming, house duties and church activities. There is no running water to this village and we are a one hour carrier ride away from shops in the town of Levuka. I arranged to extend my stay to include third term as I have always felt that a long term placement is important when volunteering abroad. This is very much true for a Fijian village as you really do become a member of your village during your stay. With one term in Lovoni complete and another to go, I will return to my village ready to embrace my final term as a volunteer in Fiji. During the first term in Lovoni I was able to redecorate the library, which I will be taking charge of for the remainder of my time in Lovoni. It was clear that the school needed a library which the children were excited to use and somebody willing to spend the time organising the books. In addition to that I have been teaching classes when teachers are away and found the children respond so well to an English speaking teacher in the class room. In only one term I have seen the conversational English of the students advance a great deal from when I arrived. The children of Lovoni have not had a volunteer in 5 years, so it has been a challenge to get them to use their English, as it is common for a teacher to use their mother tongue of Fijian. I have been able to integrate with the staff well, even starting up a tea and coffee club every day at recess, as teachers didn’t spend much time together previously.

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My Accommodation in Lovoni Village

One of my biggest challenges in Lovoni village is the issue of running water. The school has running water at most times, however the village does not. As I am accommodated in the village I bathe and wash my clothes in the river which runs through Lovoni village. I learnt to wash my clothes on a ‘papa’(a plank of wood) to scrub my clothes on, while sitting in the river. This was a challenge, not only because it was completely new to me, but also because the amount of time I had to spend after school washing in the river. I spent the first 3 months of washing my clothes in the river every day after school, often the sun would set and I would still be scrubbing away down at the river. Luckily the teachers offered for us to use their water up at their school accommodation, allowing us to spend less time at the river and more time with our host family. Every day I still bathe at a small pool in the river just outside my village, usually with the company of my school students. Some days this is the last thing you want to do, especially when you are sick. However, most of the time I find myself laughing with some of my students while we all take a bath in the river. I must be one of the few lucky volunteer teachers in the world who bath with their students to join them!

Lovoni Kindergarten

Lovoni Kindergarten

Embracing village life has been the most enjoyable part of my stay so far. I can honestly say I feel part of my community. As a volunteer living in the village my experience is so full of culture. Life is simple, but that has allowed me to view life through new eyes. I have seen how Fijians can enjoy life with all their heart, inspiring me to follow suit.

Fijian Landscape

Fijian Landscape

With each village event my eyes are opened to the wonders of Fijian culture. I was lucky enough to take part in the preparations for a funeral in my host family, where days are spent preparing for the feast after the burial. I joined my host family for all of the preparations for the funeral, where I learnt to appreciate why maintaining our traditions can add so much value to our lives.

My First Host Na Cooking on the Open Fire

My First Host Na Cooking on the Open Fire

Being lucky enough to be placed in Lovoni village, the original village of Ovalau, I have learned a lot about the history of Ovlalau and Fiji before the country came to be a British colony. The story of how Chief Cakabau came to be the king of Fiji, involves Lovoni being the only village in all of Fiji not to be conquered by Chief Cakabau.

My aims for the third term include branching out to teach more classes throughout the school. Also to become Lovoni schools first librarian, so that the children can spend time with me in the library enjoying the books they have while strengthening their reading abilities. As my host mother is the head of the Lovoni Women’s Club, I have involved myself in helping her to arrange for the funding of a new hall with kitchen for the women of Lovoni. Currently the women do not have a hall to teach each other skills such as weaving and sewing, which is an important way for the women to earn money and maintain their traditional skills. Furthermore there is no place for the women’s club to keep their cooking utensils and sewing machine, meaning women must keep them in their own homes where they are not used appropriately nor kept safe. To add to this, it falls upon the women of Lovoni to cook for any event in the village, and as it stands there is no place for them to do this. Therefore it is vital that a kitchen is added to the hall where the women can work together to cook for the village. There is a long term benefit to a hall and kitchen owned by the Women’s club, as it can be rented out for family events and the money gained can be put back into the Women’s club.

At current we are awaiting a quote for the costs of the building. When this is received I will begin enquiring to organisations which may be able to assist in the costs of building a hall for the Women’s Club. I already have produced a list of organisations within Fiji and in the UK which I can write to, but any additional contacts you may be aware of that would be interested in supporting this project, please let me know via email.

What Makes Vanuatu Special – Ruby Allen

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Recently returned Lattitude volunteer Ruby Allen from Pentecost, Vanuatu told us exactly what makes Vanuatu such a special place:

A yellow fishing boat bounces merrily through the glimmering turquoise water, nearly tipping myself, my volunteering partner and her copious luggage into that beautiful, shark infested Pacific Ocean stretching along the Coast of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. The tiny speck of land, only a dot on the map rises impressively out of the waves into a cloud of mist. The exotic jungle on top of it will be my home. The people on the boat with me will be my family.

My name is Ruby Allen I’m 19 years old and live in Bristol. In May of 2013 I made the decision to apply for a placement teaching and working in communities after spending hours and hours on the internet looking at the endless lagoons, amazing culture and simple contrasting lifestyle the South Pacific offers (it also makes pretty happy procrastination for a stressed A-level student). After looking into it a bit more thoroughly I decided to apply with a non-for profit organisation called Lattitude Global Volunteering, they’re one of the only charities offering gap year placements in Vanuatu (as well as plenty of other remote places). I’ve always had an itch to explore untouched and unknown places of the world. Teaching and living within a community (which stretched as far as sharing a room with my younger host sisters) seemed like such a rare, and rewarding chance to do this.

In December I was sent the news that I would be placed in the North of Pentecost, one of the most non-western and traditional parts of the country. This would be my home for the next 5 months and there I would teach, live, laugh, work in the gardens, go on endless jungle treks and cry over bleeding sores and infections. I was based at a small, francophone school (120 students – though more like 80 actually attended) named Abuanga Primary School. I was there to teach English (as a fourth language) as well as Arts and Crafts, Drama and Music. Overall, though incredible difficult and at times testing, the teaching was very rewarding. One moment I’ll never forget – my top student in class 6 Keitsy, wrote me a note as follows ‘I love Miss Ruby, she is the best on the island and in the world and I like her because she is very kind and she is from England’. This might not seem impressive for an 11 year old…. But when they are writing in their fourth language and have only been learning English for a year and have Bislama (the native tongue) to confuse their English, I thought it was simply incredible. I felt and still feel very proud to be a part of those childrens’ education and lives.

As well as exploring and being known by the entire north of the island. We also took our half term break in beautiful Espirito Santo and spent 5 days in Erakor Village on the island of Efate, a 20 minute drive out of Port Vila before heading to our outer island placements. After my placement had finished, my volunteering partner and another volunteer from the UK Joe Wilde took the opportunity to go and hike up an active volcano in the darkness and watch the sunrise on beautiful Mt Yasur in Tanna before heading into our travels in Australia.

We cried every month but laughed every day. I am yet to visit many countries, continents even – but somehow I feel confident in my explanation of Vanuatu as a country ‘unlike any other’. I accustomed very quickly to this hard, simple, joyous lifestyle, almost ‘too’ quickly. I have two homes now; two families and two very different ways of life. This journey – these people, everything about this trip has inspired me. In ways I find hard to put to paper, I was given a new lease of life, immense, simple happiness and utter peace. It goes without saying, this journey was challenging and Vanuatu – well Pentecost – is not for the faint hearted. Yet my arrival back to the UK brings an utterly new appreciation for that bizarre voyage. There’s something about the Pacific, perhaps, the salt in the sea, the breeze in the bush or the copious amounts of taro you’re forced to eat – it’s magic, it sticks and I will certainly never, ever forget it.

Becky Cooke Keyboards at Lautoka School