“A Cultural Exchange” – University of Glasgow Students Discuss What Life in Fiji Was Like

This summer, University of Glasgow students joined other UK students on projects in Fiji with Think Pacific.

We sat down with Alexandra Murray in Fiji to chat about what project was like for her. We also caught up with fellow University of Glasgow students, Uche Odubanjo and Isla Douglas, back in the UK to reflect on their time in Fiji and discuss what they gained from the experience… and what they would tell other students thinking about participating next year.

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.

University of Glasgow 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.

Alexandra Murray’s Fiji Experience

So much joy” – Alexandra Murray helps paint a picture of what a Fijian village is like in the video below.

Uche Odubanjo’s Experience in Fiji

Chatting to Troy, Uche shares her first-hand experiences of life in Fiji, why she decided to join a Think Pacific project, and what she gained from the experience.

Uche joined the community development project to Malake, Ra.

Isla Douglas’ Experience in Fiji

In the interview below, Isla Douglas talks with Troy about her time in Fiji, including what it was like living with a Fijian family and the impact of the mental health project.

Isla Douglas joined the project to Nayavutoka, Ra on the first ever mental health project. 


Looking to the Future

We are thrilled to have been joined by such dedicated and focused Glasgow students in Fiji this year. As travel continues to open up, we are excited to build upon this strong foundation and bring out even more students next year, in partnership with the university and the Turing Scheme.

Want to learn more about our projects in Fiji?

Watch the video below or click here to explore our programmes.

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