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Volunteer relishes delightful 18-month experience in Fiji

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, December 12, 2013

AUSTRALIAN volunteer Jessie Pullar believes her stint in Fiji has been one of the best in her life.

Ms Puller, 26, was one of several Australian volunteers who were hosted by Australia's acting head of mission to Fiji, Glen Miles, at his official residence on Monday night.

She arrived in Fiji 18 months ago to volunteer at the Ministry of Health's wellness unit.

And while she has struggled with the language barrier, she has loved the cultural experience and the friendliness of Fijians around her.

"The experience has been incredible. It has provided opportunities I really didn't expect and taken me in different directions which has been so rewarding," she said.

"I have let my creativity take over and we've had great leadership. We are making some real difference where we are."

She however, is no stranger to Fiji because she lived here for three years in her young days before moving to Australia.

When she found out about this volunteering program, she grabbed it with both hands.

"Fijians are the finest people in the workforce that will take care of you and guide you through the things you don't know and teach you along the way.

"Not only do you work with them, you're invited to their homes so there's that extra level of friendship there."

She recommends those considering volunteerism to choose Fiji, saying it will be one of the best decisions one will make.

"It's nerve-racking when you look at volunteering and having to give up your job, and leave your family to move to another country but it's so worth it.

"The rewards are there and it's such a supportive program. And Fiji is so friendly."





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