The 'TP Award’
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.
Upon the successful completion of a Think Pacific project, volunteers can receive the ‘TP Award’.
This award acknowledges the soft skill development of our volunteers following their immensely challenging time on project, whilst also acknowledging their contribution to a rural community and the implementation of Fiji’s National Development Plan.
Learn Why Think Pacific is Unique
- 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 community development initiatives – on behalf of the Fijian Government. To do so, they must plan learning activities and communicate effectively with peers, community members and youth groups.
- 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.
“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.
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.
Being apart of the Think Pacific leadership team is a very special experience, it is challenging and rewarding on you emotionally and physically. The role you play being a leader is a lot different to a volunteer, number one reason is that you need to be thinking about everyone all the time. Every member of the team is your number one priority and you need to make sure everyone is having the best experience possible. Negativity spreads like wildfire and is hard to amend, so keeping your personal moral high is so important as the group reflects their efforts off you. For me personally one of the most valued skills as a leader is to have the ability to show empathy, any little or big problem for a volunteer is equally a little or big problem for yourself. Being empathetic opens the pathway for trust between you and the volunteer, and volunteer trust in you is so vital. This allows the volunteer to feel safe in an environment they have never been in before and most importantly enables them to be happy and to have an experience of a lifetime
TP volunteers will be expected to undertake leadership activities in a challenging and changing environment, which means they can achieve the following learning outcomes;
Able to communicate Think Pacific outcomes, goals and vision
Displays global Intelligence & empathy with open mind
Ability to lead activities & others without authority
Build relationships with Fijian community members
Adapt to Fijian culture with passion & empathy
Approaches new settings with emotional intelligence
Can language personal and team reflections
Can speak effectively to a group
Can communicate with individuals from different backgrounds
Has an understanding of own leadership style/s
Is open to feedback and open to change
Curious attitude and continual learner
Ability to persist during within challenging environment
Motivates others through consistency
Persistently displays determination to achieve end goal
Decisive in new environments
Drives innovations and ideas
Takes initiative to implement ideas
Positive member of Think Pacific volunteer team
Can collaborate with Fijian Youth & Community members
- Adhered to Fijian customs and cultures
- Implemented holistic health development aims on behalf of Ministry of Health
- Been a positive member of the volunteer team and Fijian community
- Collaborated on community workshops across holistic health components
- Engaged in daily team briefing and debriefs
- Provided a short reflection journal, covering the TP Leadership Learning outcomes
- Lead sports development or extra-curricular activities
- Adhered to Think Pacific code of conduct