Huge demand of Fijian caregivers in the US

Certificate recipients with their certificates after their graduation at Sawani Village in Naitasiri on Friday, April 26, 2019. Picture: ATU RASEA

THERE is a huge demand of Fijian caregivers in California in the US, says Senibua Caregiver Coaching and Empowerment facilitator Ilisapeci Tavaga.

While handing out caregiving certificates in Sawani, Naitasiri on Friday, Mrs Tavaga said the four-day training consisted seven participants who were trained on nursing elderly people.

She said the online training was conducted by California Caregiver Academy’s caregiver coach and educator Theresja Kumar. “There is a job market for care-givers in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, but the demand of Fijian care-givers is high in California, USA,”she said.

“We are advising youths who are looking for jobs and young couples to consider taking up care-giving jobs overseas because they will get to earn big money.

“One of the care-giver in the USA that underwent this training is currently getting paid $US500 ($F1080) a day.”

Mrs Tavaga said the manner in which Fijians took care of elderly people was something unique.

“To be a care-giver, you need to have the heart to love and this is the reason why there is a demand in Fijian care-givers in California,”she said.

Maleli Nakuta, 29, travelled all the way from his village in Draiba, Navosa to be part of the training.

He attained a Certificate in 10 Hours Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act and Professional Home Care Certification.

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