TRANSPORTATION problems and the hardship of having to fork out more money to access better government services is one reason students of Lamiti Malawai Primary School braved all odds to fundraise for their trip to Viti Levu.
And many of them shared their first-time experience of what life is like away from the islands.
Thirty seven students from the primary school located on Gau Island arrived in Suva last Saturday morning around 3am, ready to see what they could achieve if they worked hard in school.
"For most of these students, this is their first time here in the Capital City or even to be away from Gau," teacher Kelera Qereqeretabua Bauleka said.
"The mind-set most of them have is to finish school and help their families survive through farming.
"This is not a bad idea, but we are encouraging them to seek other types of employment first, if all else fails then resort to farming."
The group consisting of students, a few parents and teachers visited the The Fiji Times newsroom to see how it functioned.
Mrs Bauleka said they raised about $16,000 for this education tour to the Central and Western divisions.
"We are taking them around to make them see there is another world out there waiting for them if they study hard in school."
The group will return to Gau next Monday.