His Excellency Fiji President
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
Patron of Honour Fiji Journey
Excerpt from the Launch of
the Honour Fiji Journey
Thursday, April 19th, April 2012
"...I wish to highlight, the
critical importance for young people to reconnect with their
cultures, traditions and elders, and more importantly to understand
that we as custodians of our living world must accomplish this
if we are to achieve a sustainable island and ocean life. I encourage
communities in Fiji and elsewhere in the Pacific to act now to
protect and respect their identitiestheir islands, their
islands, waters, forests, animals, plants, and most important,
the knowledge that their ancestors have for these kindred living
souls. I invite you as individuals and international and national
organizations, to partner with us as we undertake this journey."
Full Speech of His Excellency Fiji President Ratu
YOUTH REGAINING AND PROTECTING THEIR IDENTITIES
|A strong focus is on the
youth, empowering them as keepers of their traditions, to participate
in the movement for sustainability and positive change in the
global arena, and to reach their highest potential.
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In the Spirit of Peace and Friendship,
both Fiji and international youth participants will receive stewardship
training and dedicate themselves to service for Fiji and our
Oceans aboard the ALVEI. Out of Nelson, Zealand, the Alvei, a
Main T' Gallent Schooner, is a non-profit co-operative under
the expertise of Captain Evan Logan. Working with experienced
crew, the Alvei, also offers the opportunity to learn the traditional
arts of a sailor.
His Excellency President of Fiji
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau as the Patron of Honour Fiji Journey
Suva* Totoya Island in the
Lau Province* Lautoka: 3 weeks (June 29thJuly 19th)
Projects include: conducting coral reef health surveys in Totoyas
Marine Protected Area; planting vegetable gardens, fruit trees,
as well as hybrid coconut saplings for coconut oil production;
providing basic materials and training on bee-keeping and honey
production; assisting with the building of a bridge of cultural
significance; volunteer opportunities at village schools and
transport of school books.
Week Break, July 20nd-July
26th for individual exploration of Fiji.
Lautoka * The Yasawas to include
Yasawa I-Rawa * Back to Lautoka
3 weeks (July 27thAugust 16th)
Projects include: assisting communities still recovering from
the devastation of hurricane Evan with a concentration on home
construction; planting polyculture gardens and Vesi wood saplings
(a culturally important wood); a marine ecology project (to be
determined); also volunteer opportunities at village schools
and delivery of school books.
Throughout the entire journey, volunteers
will assist the Econesian Society with the video documentation
of our expedition. We will interview elders and villagers regarding
traditional marine management practices and cultural stories
or origin. Also medical and nursing volunteers are always welcome.
Click here for extended Sailing Itinerary
Please go to GLOBAL
VISION INTERNATIONALS website for COST and further information.
Please note: depending on needs, some
projects may change.
Please note the Honour Fiji Journey
is not a vacation tour. This is an expedition with itineraries
that can vary depending on weather conditions, tides and village
needs. Island peoples live very much in the present and life
moves according to the natural cycles and rhythms of their cultural
life. Participants need to come with an adventurous spirit, a
positive attitude, and the ability to adapt and be flexible.
Equally, participants should be cultural sensitivity and respectful,
have a willingness to learn new things and work together as a
team in close quarters aboard the ship, meeting daily challenges.
Of course we also want to have FUN and experience grand adventure
while making rewarding contributions. Any added talents are a
bonus such as knowledge of marine ecology, sailing and navigation
see our Photo Gallery to view last years activities)
Totoya Island with the Pacific
Big Love from Fiji
Articles on the
2012 Honour Fiji Journey
The Fiji Times: Journey
to Link the Past to the Future
The Fiji Times: President
Launches Honour Journey
The Fiji Sun: Epic Journey
The Fiji Times: The Honour
Journey Adventure Flagship Arrives
Island Spirits Blog
Fiji Times: Funds for the
Honour Fiji Journey: Funds
for the Journey