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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 identities—their 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 Epeli Nailatikau


“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.

 

TESTIMONIES

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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

Itinerary

Suva* Totoya Island in the Lau Province* Lautoka: 3 weeks (June 29th—July 19th)
Projects include: conducting coral reef health surveys in Totoya’s 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 27th—August 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 INTERNATIONAL’S website for COST and further information.
http://www.gviusa.com/programs/honour-fiji-2013-sailing-voyage

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 skills.

(Please see our Photo Gallery to view last year’s activities)

Totoya Island with the Pacific Blue Foundation

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 Begins

The Fiji Times: The Honour Journey Adventure Flagship Arrives

Island Spirits Blog

Fiji Times: Funds for the Journey

Honour Fiji Journey: Funds for the Journey



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