TWO Australian students were in Fiji as part of an initiative aimed at providing fourth-year social work students studying at the University of Western Sydney with field opportunities within the Pacific.
The Pacific Islands Field Education initiative was developed between the University of Western Sydney and the USP.
To complete their studies, the students had to complete a 500-hour placement at Empower Pacific.
Student Rebecca Mayr said they worked closely with local staff and community members so they could increase their awareness of the Fijian culture and develop social work practice skills.
"Our work here included the development and delivery of community training packages, critical case review and analysis, involvement in clinical supervision practice with agency social workers, policy review and development and resource development," Miss Mayr said.
The students also took time to visit one of the centres supported by Empower Pacific, the Empowering Kids Childcare Centre in Lautoka, which provides education to underprivileged children.
They gave educational and craft material, raincoats and sun-safe hats.