January 14th, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 2
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Youth appeals to communities
to help fund Fijian adventure
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Mack Jordan is hoping to embark on a trip to do volunteer work in Fiji this summer.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
A local youth is planning a solo journey halfway around the world to help the people of a tiny Pacific nation and he’s appealing to the community to help fund the adventure.
“I want to commit to this because I love making a positive impact on people’s lives,” says Mack Jordan. “I’ve volunteered in many different forms over the years and have always wanted to try international volunteering since I also love to travel.”
Jordan, originally from Pincher Creek and now enrolled at Mount Royal University, plans on heading to Fiji in early July.
If he gets the funds, he’ll be spending the first week of his trip in a traditional Fijian village, where he might be welcomed with a ceremonial drink made from the roots of the Kava plant, which has sedative and curative properties.
Then he’ll be working with the villagers constructing rainwater catchment tanks so that they have access to fresh, clean and running water. He will also be helping out in the local school teaching English through basic lessons and games and also restoring the school equipment and buildings.
“My main goal above all others will be to help,” says Jordan. “I [also] hope to gain perspective on how others live in this world and to explore outside of North America. I hope to take these experiences and apply them to my everyday life so that I can appreciate what we have in our lives and also to understand the hardships that human beings go through.”
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Jordan landed this opportunity through membership with the Volunteer Eco Students Abroad (VESA) program which brings together working groups of young people and locals in numerous countries across the world.
Though Jordan doesn’t know very much about the island nation of Fiji he says he’s excited to meet new people and see the smiles on their faces as he works to make a positive impact on their lives – and no doubt enjoy some chill out time on the beach.
However, while the life changing experiences and relationships he hopes to have through volunteer work are priceless, plane tickets, meals, building materials and other travel costs do have a dollar value.
Jordan says the entire venture will cost about $4,000 and he’s started an online campaign to help raise the funds. To contribute to his trip you can visit GoFundMe.com/ MacksVolunteerTrip.
Fiji is a former British colony in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The country comprises an archipelago of hundreds of islands of which over 100 are permanently inhabited.
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