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Models learn chores

Atasa Moceituba
Thursday, September 04, 2014

THERE was excitement on the four Australian models' faces after they were shown and taught some of the activities and responsibilities allotted to village women on a daily basis.

During their two-day stay at Leleuvia Island Resort the women were required to take part and experience what village life was all about.

They were taught how to weave lovo baskets, scrape coconut, gardening, fishing, collect firewood and other responsibility that village women involved themselves in.

Jade Fiji managing director and the models co-ordinator Fang Fang Jamnadas says the activity was held for the girls to experience the life and culture of Fijians.

"The reason I recruit the Australian girls instead of the local models is because these girls have no idea what Fijian life and culture is all about.

"This is a learning experience for them so hopefully when they go back they have a brief idea of what our culture is and will be able to share what they experience during their stay here," Mrs Jamnadas said.

Nineteen-year-old Caitlin Ahu said she was amazed with the roles and the responsibility village women played.

Ms Ahu who has paternal links to Fiji said the trip was an enjoyable one.

"This is the first time for me to be here I'm so excited, the people are so friendly.

"Compared to Australia the people are not really friendly they just mind their own business. It's good to be back home and experience what life here is like," Ms Ahu said.

"I just can't wait to go back home and share my experiences to my family and friends back in Australia and I can't wait to bring my family along when I return."