Leadership Development - On a Global Stage
At Think Pacific, we consider ‘leadership’ to be the process of empowerment, a social influence process which maximises the efforts of oneself and others towards the achievement of a goal.
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Fiji is a young country with around 62 percent of the population below the age of 35.
“Effective engagement of youth in the economy, society and the political sphere will stimulate growth and development. Government will ensure that educational, employment and leadership opportunities are provided to young Fijians. In the next 5 years, initiatives will be strengthened for training, empowerment and awareness programmes for youth in areas such as entrepreneurship, leadership, climate change and sexual health awareness.”
Source; National Development Plan – The Fijian Government
Think Pacific has agreed to assist with the delivery of the following strategy points, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth & Sports;
- To support the provision of leadership training under the iTaukei Affairs Board for rural youth and promote the participation of youth in local community development forums.
- To initiate collaborative strategies between government and communities to increase the capacity and engagement of Fiji’s youth in the community and economy.
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A Think Pacific project is a meaningful personal development journey that allows students from universities all around the world to challenge themselves, whilst making a positive contribution to international development aims and expanding their understanding of the world.
Students and young people work within a team of up to 24 like-minded people to deliver basic education and sports development initiatives – on behalf of the Fijian Government. To do so, they must plan learning activities and communicate effectively with peers, community members, school teachers and children.
Over the course of a project, every student shall experience a complete cultural immersion, an invigorating team-based challenge and a structured and inspiring learning and leadership journey.
Employability skills can be defined as the transferable skills needed by an individual to make them ‘employable’. Along with good technical understanding and subject knowledge, employers often outline a set of skills that they want from an employee.
Our aim is for every student to complete their project with a set of experiences, personal attributes and transferable skills, which can positively impact their future education, career ambitions and transition to life beyond study.
Students who spend time abroad are;
- 19% more likely to get a 1st in their degree than non-mobile peers
- 10% more likely to be in a graduate role than their non-mobile peers
- 20% less likely to be unemployed than their non-mobile peers
- are earning 7% more than non-mobile peers
Source: Gone International: Expanding Opportunities, 2018
“Absolutely amazing experience and definitely the best 10 weeks of my life in Malake. Think Pacific are doing amazing things all over Fiji, they are friendly, organized, full of information and they think of absolutely everything, to ensure that you are prepared and love every minute of your time in Fiji. Their team leaders are unparalleled and made the experience what it was. So, if you ever get the chance to go to Fiji with TP, DO NOT HESITATE! GO! I will certainly be back for sure.”
We have been working with Think Pacific to send student volunteering groups since 2014 and they are pleasure to work with. The experiences that the students gain from volunteering in these amazing rural Fijian communities are exceptional. Simon, Harry and the team are so easy to work with and really understand the needs of the students and encourage them to push themselves in scenarios that they are not always confident in. The ethical, sustainable nature of the work that Think Pacific do in Fiji is so important and working alongside the government allow students so many opportunities to gain experiences that will enable them to speak confidently in interviews and on job applications of the future. The long lasting memories of the families and communities that welcomed the groups are still spoken about years later and we look forward to working with Think Pacific for many years to come.
Think Pacific struck me as being an extremely caring organisation. I was nervous before I went but had phone calls before going out and you were able to email the team with any questions you had, however mundane you felt them to be. In Fiji, we were greeted by Lottie and Lee who were fantastic leaders! They were completely approachable. No tummy ache or random question was ever too much trouble for them. I would certainly recommend Think Pacific to anyone who is willing to get stuck in and has a positive attitude. I would go back in an instant. Hopefully, Fiji and Think Pacific haven’t seen the back of me yet!
It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know the TP team, as well as being lucky enough to travel to Fiji to see the great work you are all doing first hand. We’ll be looking to expand to send more students to Fiji next summer. Staff here in Global Opportunities are all in agreement that Think Pacific is a great opportunity for students. I’m pleased that the partnership with Cardiff University will continue to grow and grow.
Seeing the simplicity of life in a Fijian village has changed my outlook on life at home, and made me re-evaluate my priorities. It has also highlighted how we obsess over trivial possessions; often forgetting what the most important things in life are. I am fairly-confident that I am not only speaking for myself when I say that this experience has changed my life for the better, and that I will be forever in debt to the people of Fiji for the kindness and hospitality.
Going on an expedition with Think Pacific was the best decision of my life so far. Working with the charity gives you the opportunity to experience a beautiful part of the world not many people are lucky enough to see, whilst also completing such positive work for the country. Think Pacific were incredibly helpful from the moment I showed interest in volunteering, and had everything covered on both the UK and Fiji side.
Volunteering with Think Pacific is one of the most rewarding and amazing things ever. TP organise everything for you so you can just enjoy the experience as much as possible and you make amazing friends and memories even if parts of it are challenging, it helps you to appreciate what you have and what you have achieved.
The think pacific team and the people of Fiji have created memories that i will treasure for the rest of my life. Highly recommend it if you love to challenge and push yourself.
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