The outreach for me (Dani) was a wonderful blend of fun, demanding and enriching experiences. It was delightful to get up in the morning and be met with the view of the sun rising over the hillside. I would watch the cow get milked while I stood at the water tap brushing my teeth, periodically shouting ‘Bula!’ or ‘Yandra!’ through a mouthful of toothpaste as people passed by. In some ways reminded me of old family camping holidays…
For such a small building quite a lot was happening over those two weeks in the clinic in Nagado. Down at the dental end we were rarely aware of what was happening with the doctors and nurses, so we thought it would be helpful for us to each write a few words about our own experiences.
The first thing for me to say is how impressed I was with the dental team. There are many dentists and dental nurses out there of varying skill levels, ethics, personalities, experience and demeanours so I was almost preparing myself to have to compromise in order to get along with my colleagues. We dentists are used to sitting in a small room with a nurse treating numerous patients on our own each day. We make almost all of the decisions for ourselves without anyone looking over our shoulder. So it is a rather alien environment to be in an open room working alongside relative strangers and with the whole world (or so it feels) able to see what we’re doing. Continue reading BOB Part 2: BOB’s Revenge→
It’s been a pretty eventful 3 weeks so please bear with us if we go on a bit.
For those who don’t already know, Marine Reach’s Outreaches involve a team of local and international volunteers travelling to the villages of Fiji providing medical, dental, optometry and spiritual care. This time we had 12 international members from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, US and UK joining the existing team here at Lautoka – in all over 20 people throughout the fortnight were involved.
The travellers started arriving from Friday 3rd October, and one by one we were introduced and started building friendships over the weekend. On Monday morning we fired up the truck and started loading equipment, luggage and humans onto various modes of transport. Before long we were well on our way to Nagado (pronounced nangando).