Queen’s Belfast University Student Zach Tolmie Shares His Experience Of Volunteering in Fiji

Published 29/07/2022

On 25th May 2022, Queen’s Belfast University student Zach Tolmie joined 21 other UK students on a Think Pacific project to Vuniquoru, Nadroga Navosa, Fiji.

With a degree in mechanical engineering, Zach joined a building project to leverage the skills he had gained at Queen’s Belfast University for the work he would be doing in Fiji.

“Probably one of the best things I’ve ever done.”


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.

Queen’s Belfast 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.

Zach’s Experience in Fiji

In the video interview below, Zach shares his first-hand experiences of life in Fiji, why he decided to do it, and what he gained from the experience.





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