Greenforce Marine Conservation in Fiji – Thoughts from Mindy

Going to Fiji was one of the best things I could have done for myself.  It was an unforgettable experience and until you have done something like it, you will never truly understand what you are missing!  My biggest point of advice would be to go into it with an open mind and be ready to adapt to anything different/new that comes your way.  Be positive and laid back- and just remember, you are in FIJI- how could life be bad??!!

I wish this were not the case, but it took me some time to truly love going to the village.  In the beginning, it was difficult for me.  I do not particularly enjoy people doing things for me, and giving me things- I tend to feel guilty because of it.  If you are this way at all, learn to get over it.  Fijians are the MOST generous, kind people you will ever meet!  I cannot say that I ever really got used to their generosity, it will always stun me- but as soon as I accepted it as their culture, I became more comfortable.  Make of the most of your village visits because it is what you will learn the most from!  During kava sessions, sit amongst people you do not know, mingle.  When I branched out, I learned the most.  Fijians are so friendly, so as soon as you make even a small effort, you will feel like you have made new best friends.  Fijians are AMAZING people!  Putting even a little extra effort getting to know people will go such a long way!

I personally love the outdoors and camping- and all that it entails.  If you are not particularly used to the outdoors, I would just go into it knowing that you will not be living with much.  And embrace it.  It will most likely become the most refreshing experience you have had.  There is something amazing about surrounding yourself in the outdoors, living simply, and being disconnected from the rest of the world.  You will notice that you can truly relax and live in the moment.  Sure, you may miss luxuries of your normal life, but that is all part of the experience- and believe me, you will grow from it.

Any experience you have is what you make of it- and the more positive and open-minded you can be, the better it will be!  Have fun and soak up every moment of it!  You will miss everything about Fiji when you return home so make the most of it while you can!

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