It’s often said that travel broadens the mind and that is particularly relevant with children when they get the chance to holiday with their family. Experiencing a new way of life and seeing how people from different cultures and backgrounds go about their daily lives is both rewarding and enriching.
Fiji, where culture and community are richly celebrated, is the ideal destination to educate children with hands-on activities based on local traditions and conservation projects.
Fijians love kids and the island’s impressive array of resorts are renowned for their kids’ clubs and nanny services that give parents a holiday too. So you can relaxing in this Pacific Island paradise knowing your children are gaining a greater perspective of the world around them, learning good life principles and will always have a piece of Fiji with them for years to come.
Every April, the resort hosts charity initiative ‘Walk for Kids’ to raise funds towards improving education in the Nadroga-Navosa province. The 10km walk is dedicated to fostering a greater sense of partnership within the Sigatoka Community and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
Kids who finish receive a certificate and will be welcomed by students and teachers from Sigatoka Special School. There are also prizes, giveaways and fun activities.
Bula Club is an award-winning kids club that places emphasis on exploration and educational activities. The goal is to encourage kids to discover and expand their horizons to help them better understand and appreciate where they are.
The Junior Chef Program teaches kids how to harvest and prepare a wholesome dish. After visiting the organic garden they will whip up a meal while learning the farm-to-plate concept along with other aspects of organic farming.
Children can also take a walk on the reef flats with the resort’s marine biologist or join one of the elders on a medicine walk to learn about local plants and herbal remedies that have been used for thousands of years in Fiji.
The ‘Grow with Six Senses’ global program incorporates the six dimensions of wellness – social, emotional, environmental, physical, intellectual and spiritual. It is designed to bring kids ‘back to basics’ in order to reconnect with nature and people around them.
Children can take kids yoga and meditation, visit the nearby village and school, take a Fijian dance class and mini-master chef lessons to ensure they have a great holiday but also take home extra knowledge of the world around them.
The Lailai Adventure Club immerses kids in nature, mindfulness, education and traditional experiences. It involves children in customary rituals, allowing them to develop a more complex understanding of Fijian culture.
Activities include traditional earth cooking, Meke dancing, flower basket weaving, evening torch lighting, story-telling, coconut husking, Lei making, Fijian language and singing lessons, rice planting and bamboo raft building. Kids can also enjoy water sports, sandcastle building, zip lining, volleyball, rock climbing and crafts at Cakava Creative Workshop.
For more information on Fiji, visit Fiji.travel
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