Bernard W.T. Coetzee
But I pity the people who only come to the place to experience that; there is just so much more. The culture is phenomenal and diverse. It’s a mix of western, Indian and Fijian influences. The place is a world within itself, with a timeless charm. I think the people made it for me. They are warm and friendly; a total stranger will approach you for a genuine conversation on how your day was. The interior is spectacular: forests, stunning species, water falls, quaint villages. Fiji moves different, works different, just feels different, and that is a learning experience in its own. I kept a blog for friends and family, go see: http://bernard-dot-com.blogspot.com/
But if you want to know more about what I got up to in Fiji, read on!
In a nutshell...If you're serious about conservation, apply to the 'WWF Youth Volunteer Program', give it your all, and come back enriched beyond measure. It's life changing. It will change your life, and if you work hard enough, it will change the lives of others. Simple as that!
Make no mistake, some of the work can be challenging, and even worse, sometimes it's not. But I soon realized that all the work was feeding back into and changing my preconceived ideas about conservation, and I had to think, re-assess and mull over things. In more simple terms, I was learning. I was learning about how the world works, about conservation, about the real world and its constraints, about what I wanted to contribute in my career into this world. That's a precious epiphany, and an invaluable gift – and internships helps form that. Doing volunteer work simply leaps your personal and professional development. In four months, you will learn more than any university can squeeze into a year.
And the fun stuff!Diving, diving, diving!!! If you've never seen an intact coral reef, you've never lived! And there are loads of hikes, and abseils, and white water rafting and fishing and culture stuff to do. You could live here for years and not even come close to seeing and experiencing it all. But for real, the position in Fiji is based within the capital city, Suva. Its a nice place, nice vibe, nice people, FANTASTIC food. But there is plenty of room for travel, and I assure you you'll see things not in any Lonely Planet, and be outdoors and in the wild, but more importantly, you'll experience what I call the real Fiji, away from the strangling tourists and into the heart and soul of a phenomenal country.
Without hyperbole we can truthfully say that we are almost out of time to save much of the diversity of life on Earth.