WHILE the experience was short, Saiasi Koroivuya enjoyed the lessons he learnt at the 6th International Scout Gathering at Dubai last week.
The 20-year-old from Dravuni in Kadavu was selected by the Fiji Scouts Association to represent Fiji at the annual gathering.
"I noticed the differences in development and culture and realised just how important one's culture is," he said.
"We need to help keep our culture alive. Even though life is changing rapidly, we need to maintain our culture because it is our identity."
The gathering, which aimed to strengthen ties of friendship and exchange culture, was attended by Scouts from around the world.
Saiasi said other participants at the gathering appreciated how sociable and interactive the Fijian culture was.
"They were surprised at how unique and diverse the Fijian culture is," he said.
"And now I aim to involve my Scout group, the 1st Tuilovoni Community-based Scout Troop in Davuilevu in as many cultural activities as possible.
"I want to thank the Fiji Scouts Association for giving me this opportunity."
Association executive Joji Qaranivalu said Saiasi had shown great potential since he first became a scout in primary school, adding they had faith in him to teach other Scouts what he had learnt in Dubai.