Georgia Hewes from Birmingham City University Explains What Makes Fiji So Special

On the 10th June, Georgia Hewes from Birmingham City University joined Think Pacific on a mental health project in Fiji.

Funded by the university through the new Turing Scheme, this experience was a huge success at demonstrating the impact global mobility can have on both students and host communities.

In partnership with the Fiji Government, Ministry of Health and local partners, these projects have contributed to Fiji’s National Development Plan and the UN’s Sustainability Goals.

We caught up with Georgia to reflect on her time on project and how her experience in Fiji has helped her studies and career opportunities.

Global Mobility and the Turing Scheme

Launched in 2021, the Turing Scheme has replaced the Erasmus+ programme in providing funding for participants in UK universities, colleges, and schools, to go on international study and work placements.

Birmingham City University successfully applied for Turing Scheme funding to help their students embark on a unique 4 week global, work-based programme in the Fiji Islands led by Think Pacific, in partnership with the Fijian Government and other local partners.

Throughout the project, participating students expanded their cultural fluency and global citizenship, as well as accessing Think Pacific’s influential partners at an international level.

Georgia’s Story

Georgia is a third year psychology student from Birmingham City University. She joined the first ever mental health project in Nayavutoka, Ra.

In the interview below, Georgia shares her experience of life in a Fijian village.

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