We believe leaders are made, not born. Think Pacific creates a powerful experiential leadership experience, to accelerate the development of future Fijian leaders. We immerse groups of inspired international volunteers, into rural Fijian communities to work with local Fijian youths.
Learn Why Think Pacific is So Unique
Fiji is a young country with around 62 percent of the population below the age of 35. On a Think Pacific project, you will assist the Fijian Government to achieve the goals of;
- “Empowering youths to be agents of change”
- “Empowering women to ensure they reach their full development potential”
- “Promoting youth issues and youth participation in leadership”
Source; National Development Plan – The Fijian Government
- Discovery; To discover new leaders in the rural settings, to drive the National Development Goals for future generations of Fijians.
- Training; Empower people who may not see themselves as leaders in a traditional sense. Supporting future leaders with the skills and connections they need to be effective.
- Opportunity; Provide access to jobs through local partners &/or the Think Pacific Foundation. Also providing the opportunity for young Fijians to connect, learn and work with young people from outside the Pacific Islands
- Community; By accelerating youth leadership, we can increase community engagement to address social issues and bring people together.
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
An incredibly rewarding and memorable experience for both volunteers and the Fijian community. The impact of TP and the passion within it is huge, and it’s been so amazing to be a part of it. If you’re enthusiastic about sport, teaching, meeting new people, stepping outside your comfort zone and ultimately making a long lasting difference then you’ll love this project almost as much as I did!
The most incredible experience of my life, thrown into the deep end and fully experiencing a culture like no other was one of the most eye opening thing I’ve ever been able to do! The support from signing up all the way through to the final day of project was unbelievable! Wouldn’t change a thing about my experience other than I’d have stayed for longer! The project tests you in ways you can’t imagine before, putting you out of so many comfort zones but you’ll leave with a completely new outlook on your life at home and wanting more experiences of this nature! Think Pacific really go the extra mile to make your experience one of a kind! Best month of my life! I’d go back in a heartbeat and the friendships I made will last a lifetime! Vinaka Think Pacific!
In order to turn experience into learning, we design our programmes using a unique learning pathway.
Learn and understand different ways of life from local Fijian Youths.
Work alongside Fijian youth to engage community members in holistic health advocacy.
Accomplish fun, challenging and light-heated team activities together.
Learn, discuss and reflect on life-skill principles that define high-quality leaders.
The TP experience gives students and young people from around the world, the opportunity to learn and lead on a global platform, through immersion and cultural exchange. Through this we hope to develop your;
- Cultural Intelligence
- Critical Thinking