Fiji 2020 tentative trip dates:
Fiji 1: June 6th- June 20th, 2020
Fiji 2: July 13th- July 27th, 2020
estimate historical cost: $3,800
*dates and cost are subject to change depending on flights
Fiji is known for its beautiful beaches, lush vegetation, and rich cultural traditions. However, in recent years, Fiji has experienced the devastating effects of climate change. In 2016, the northeast corner of Viti Levu was severely hit by Cyclone Winston, damaging homes, roads, crops, and coral reefs. Youthlinc now works in the small village of Narikoso located in Mataso District in the Province of Ra (about 1 hour from Rakiraki, Fiji). This village was directly hit by Cyclone Winston and is still recovering over two years later. There are approximately 180 villagers who are primarily subsistence farmers growing bananas, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, corn, cucumber, beans, and root crops.
One of our main projects is to build bathrooms onto existing homes to improve sanitation. Currently, 3-4 families share a bathroom facility with a toilet and shower. Last year, the Youthlinc team funded 8 bathrooms and we will continue to build more bathrooms every year. We couldn’t have the impact we do without the guidance of our In-Country Coordinators, Shahana Didar from the Rotary Club of Suva Peninsula Sunset and Pastor Tomasi Tokalauvere, who have been instrumental in coordinating everything from transportation to construction materials. But don’t worry, we don’t only work hard, we take time to play by visiting Voli Voil beach and snorkeling on Nanauira Island.
Youthlinc Coordinator since 2017
Tomasi was a Pastor for a Church in Fiji when he lost is first Wife to cancer. They have 2 daughters together. He then Moved to New Zealand where is was a Pastor for 6 Years and served the Maori community. He came back to Fiji and was serving at a Christian Camp. At the End of 2007 Thomasi met is current wife Sesarina. They got married in 2008. In 2009 they moved to the Province of Ra.
They had their first volunteer team from Capernwray, New Zealand. In 2011, they got involved with a charity from Australia called LOVE, GIVE, SHARE South Pacific, serving in the community and mostly rural schools of Fiji. In 2016 After Cyclone Winston, they coordinated the distribution of food and school materials to schools and community through LOVE, GIVE, SHARE.
In the Beginning of 2017 they started coordinating with Youthlinc, our first teams were greeted and cared for so well in 2018 that we decided we have to go back and send as many teams as we can.
They are also serving in a ministry called Island Encounter in Nadi.
Pastor Thomasi and Sesarina are wonderful coordinators and great cooks, graciously provide dinner every night at their own home. we are so luck to have found them and can’t wait for our partnership to continue to grow.
2020 Fiji 1 Team Leader: Jordan Taylor
I couldn’t be more excited to return to Youthlinc for a 7th Trip. I started as a student going to Kenya in 2013 and since then I haven’t been able to walk away from Youthlinc. I have been lucky enough to go to Kenya, Guatemala, Peru, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal and now Fiji. Service has embedded itself in my life both Locally and Internationally. Youthlinc also introduced me to Rotary and now I get the opportunity to do even more service with some of my closest friends. It has continually taught me about not only myself but about the world around me. My favorite part of these trips is the relationship you can build with those you are working with both on your team and in the community we serve. The best way to see the world is to work hard with the people of it to make it a little better. I’m continually surprised to see the impact just one person can have on so many others. I hope you will join me for one of the greatest experiences you can have.
You can usually find me at a local board game shop or out with my Dog, Georgia. I absolutely love board games and all things table top. I can guarantee you, I will probably make you play too. Join me and you’ll be surprised at how much you can grow and change through an experience like this.
2020 Fiji 1 Assistant Team Leader: Aubree Davis
I’m Aubree Davis, go to school at Brigham Young University-Idaho, and I’m studying psychology. I went to Cambodia in July of 2017! My favorite thing about Youthlinc is the stress on local service, and becoming lifetime humanitarians, which is why I am so stoked to be assistant team leader so that I can share my love for that with others! After Youthlinc, I started a business where I design and sell shirts and other products to fundraise and spread awareness for different causes, and that has become my passion! I’m so excited to go to Fiji this year!
2020 Fiji 2 Team Leader: Scott Bawden
Scott’s journey in “Youthlinc Land” began in 2010 when he and his son went to Kenya. Scott was a mentor for the Vocational committee and taught computer skills and baking. (Now that’s a combo)
In 2011 he was asked to be team leader and the rest is history. This year marks his 9th year of being a team leader and 10th trip overall. 5 times to Kenya, once to Thailand, Nepal and Peru and now twice to Fiji. All 3 of his children, Kevin, Jaclyn, and Jill have participated in Youthlinc. All 3 have been on multiple trips and all have been Assistant Team Leader’s. His lovely and talented wife was also able to go to Kenya in 2016 after many years of being the strength behind the scenes. (she even had a baby named after her in Kenya)
Scott works at the University of Utah and is the Associate Director of IT for the School of Medicine as well as owning his own IT company. He also takes care of Youthlinc computers. In his spare time, he loves going to U of U football and basketball games and accompanying his wife to gymnastics meets at the U. He also loves golfing, and jeeping. If you see a big red Jeep with Ute logos all over it driving down the road, Scott is probably behind the wheel.
His favorite thing about being a Youthlinc team leader is that he gets “a front row seat to watch 40 people’s lives change.” He is excited to return to Fiji and the beautiful people there. “I’ve never met any group of people who are so welcoming and loving from the minute we met.” “Youthlinc has changed my life and the lives of my wife and children and I will be indebted to this wonderful organization for the rest of my life. I hope to continue staying involved with Youthlinc for many years.”
2020 Fiji 2 Assistant Team Leader: Chandler Pond
Hi, my name is Chandler Pond. Currently I’m attending Utah Valley University as a pre-nursing major. My hope is to serve in a medical capacity around the world, and Youthlinc has made it possible for me to fulfill this passion as I work towards these goals.
I have traveled with Youthlinc to Nepal in 2015 and to Fiji in 2019. I can honestly say these trips have been some of the best times of my life. I have been able to travel, experience new cultures, and meet amazing people. I’m excited to get to know and work hand in hand with everyone on the team. I hope to positively contribute to my teams experience just as previous leaders have done for me.