After two months, our time on Vanua Balavu has come to an end. We’ve been volunteering full-time at the school, tried many, many new foods like shark, sting-ray, spit-roasted pig, taro and cassava, I’ve spent quite a bit of time being ill and, best of all, we’ve made new friends and family.
For the first three months of travelling we were moving around constantly, so, now having been in one place for two months, we feel really settled here. Manoa and Kasa welcomed us into the school and we have so loved teaching and getting to know the students.
We couldn’t have landed a more welcoming and kind family as hosts. Joeli and Ana have been so caring and hospitable to us, the house really feels like a home and the people really feel like family. It’s going to be really hard to leave and we will never forget our time here. We feel so grateful and privileged to have been welcomed into this special community.
We’ll miss Vanua Balavu, where bats fly around during the day, the moon shines so bright at night that you can see your own shadow and where everyone always has a smile and some food to share.
Vinaka Vaka Levu.