TWENTY-SIX students from the furthest island in the Yasawa chain are making the most of the school's participation at the Lautoka annual scout rally, by visiting institutions and companies they have only heard about from teachers and village elders.
The Fiji Times caught up with the students of Bukama Village School yesterday at the Fiji Sugar Corporation office in Lautoka.
It was the first visit to the mainland for majority of the students.
Teacher Loisi Tunalau said the planned visits to other places in Lautoka and Suva were for educational purposes.
"We are killing two birds with one stone because we do not know when we will visit the mainland again," she said.
"This is a learning experience for the students. They are here to witness what they have been taught in schools and also witness the process of what they use every day to sweeten their tea."
While the students were not allowed into the sugar mill because they did not have proper footwear, a power point presentation by FSC staff more than pleased the group.
"The students wear flip flops to school," Mrs Tunalau remarked, adding they would return prepared next year. Yesterday's excursion included a tour of an ice cream factory. The students were also excited about a proposed visit to The Fiji Times office in Suva today.