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Vorovoro Island is an extraordinary living classroom, and we excel at designing vibrant, engaging educational programming for university students and other eager learners.
We facilitate cultural integration, daily activities, and conversational connections between students and community members, and we work closely with faculty and Fijian team members to ensure we are meeting educational goals.
Finally, we offer a broad spectrum of programming spanning arts & culture, natural sciences, and ancient through modern history. As much as possible, we lean on local experts to teach specific topics, thoughtfully balancing hands-on learning, classroom instruction, and guided discussion.
TRUE CULTURAL IMMERSION
Fiji is internationally known as a luxurious resort destination, but few travelers experience the authentic Fiji, rich in culture and tradition.
Vorovoro Island offers the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the remote Mali tribal community. Your Fijian family can teach you everything from mat weaving to meke (storytelling dance) to their language and traditions. When you come to Vorovoro, you become part of the village. It’s a truly immersive experience and life changing for many.
We also take care to give our students insight into the broader Fijian experience outside of Vorovoro, including visits to other Mali villages, guided trips to Labasa (one of Fiji’s most heavily Indo-Fijian towns and the historical epicenter of Fiji’s sugarcane industry), and homestays on Baleneiyaca Sugarcane Farm and Cegu Valley Farm (Fiji’s first permaculture farm!).
SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION
Bridge the Gap does its very best to step lightly when we walk on Vorovoro. The programs we’ve developed embody the true Fijian spirit and aim to keep local traditional knowledge alive and well. We intend for everything we do to keep in line with the Fijians’ development goals and, of course, maintain cultural and environmental sensitivity and integrity.
When living in a remote village, every person’s actions make a tangible difference, good and bad. Solar power, rainwater catchment and conservation, composting toilets, farming, and fishing provide for the island's basic needs. Visitors and the Mali people work together to care for the island and make responsible decisions about the sometimes abundant, sometimes limited resources available - all while steps from the sea.
When students see the environment, economy, individuals, and community from a different perspective, sustainability shifts from an abstract concept to a reality to wrestle with, and they come home with a new set of questions to ask in problem-solving situations.
It is one thing to read about sustainability; on Vorovoro, you live Sustainability.
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