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8-month teaching stint for largest volunteer group

Nanise Loanakadavu
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

THE largest group of Lattitude volunteers will arrive in the country tomorrow.

According to David Kirton, Fiji Country Manager for Lattitude Global Volunteering, 33 volunteers will be in Fiji for eight months providing services throughout Viti Levu, Ovalau and Moturiki.

Lattitude is an independent registered British charity and has been operating in Fiji for the past 20 years.

Mr Kirton said Lattitude operated in Fiji under a memorandum of understanding with the government.

He said most of the volunteers would be attached to schools as assistant teachers.

"They originate from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and one volunteer is from the Netherlands," Mr Kirton said.

He said volunteers paid their own airfares and costs in getting to Fiji and once here, the placement where they were attached provided meals and accommodation. "No pocket money or cash payment is made to the volunteers," Mr Kirton added.

One volunteer, Christine Casey, is completely blind.

She has a bachelor's degree in music and a graduate certificate in education. She will be attached to the Blind School in Vatuwaqa.