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Somerville House & ACCF Kiribati Service Explorer 2018

Somerville House & ACCF Kiribati Service Explorer 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Community Outreach Project at Taren Bairiki Primary School
  • See first-hand the work of ACCF in Kiribati
  • Kiribati Family Health Clinic roadshow
  • The warm clear waters of the lagoon at North Tawara
  • Visits to a clam farm, cultural museum and WW2 sites
  • Enjoy a traditional Fijian dinner

Trip Summary

We combine numerous cultural visits and excursions with time spent visiting the different hospitals or clinics on the main island of Kiribati, Tarawa. With chances to learn about the ground breaking work being undertaken with numerous opportunities to explore the cultural heritage of this remote island nation. In the company of our local guides we visit a World War II museum, see a performance by traditional dancers, visit different agricultural enterprises and even a meet with government ministers at Government House! There is also ample opportunity to delight in the pristine beaches and islands which the island is world famous for. This journey uncovers the hidden heart of Kiribati. Its natural wonders are perfectly combined with cultural, historic and social highlights. If you are looking for an unforgettable learning experience exploring the depth and beauty of a remote Pacific island then this is the journey for you!


Although there is no commitment to extended walking on this journey we nonetheless want to keep the ‘accent on the active’. We therefore advise that any physical training you complete before undertaking the trip will be to good effect.


The day has arrived for you to depart on your service learning adventure to the island republic of Kiribati. Your travel to Kiribati takes you via Nadi, Fiji where you’ll stay for one night before taking an early morning flight to Kiribati. Upon arrival in Nadi, you'll transfer to the hotel to check in, before enjoying a traditional Fijian lovo dinner and dance to get you into the island swing of things. Accommodation: Tanoa Skylodge hotel (Flights subject to change) FJ 920 BRISBANE TO NADI – depart 11:30am arrive 5:00pm

Meals:  D

On arrival in the capital, Tarawa we clear customs and immigration before being met by our local group leader and transferred to the George Hotel. The guide will brief you on your stay in Kiribati and allow an opportunity to refresh from the flight. We visit the Kiribati Family Health Clinic to meet the staff and youth volunteers for a welcome lunch. Dinner will be at the accommodation before experiencing a traditional dance at a Maneba. The heart of any Kiribati community is its maneaba or meeting house, it is the centre of village life. Accommodation: George Hotel (Flights subject to change) FJ231 SEP NADI TO TARAWA 08:00am 11:00am

Meals:  B,L,D

• Breakfast • Briefing on Community Outreach Project - Taaken Bairiki Primary School • Meet with school and teachers for briefing on project • Break for lunch • Continue Community Outreach Project - Taaken Bairiki Primary School • Afternoon swim (if possible) • Evening at leisure Accommodation: George Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

For these two days you will conduct essential service work at the Taren Bairiki Primary School. With the planning you've undertaken prior to the trip you will be working together to revamp a classroom and school grounds to create a better learning space for students. This school was a recipient of the HPV vaccine funded by ACCF. This project will bring real long term benefits to the students and community and has the potential to foster a significant relationship between your two schools. Lunch and dinner will be taken at the George Hotel. At the conclusion of each afternoon we will enjoy a swim at the hotel pool. On the Sunday morning we will attend an island church service. Accommodation: George Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will enjoy seeing the results of your hard work as you complete the project work, renovating a run-down classroom into a much more dynamic learning space. After applying the finishing touches we enjoy the handover celebration with the school community, as well as the unveiling of a plaque. We bid farewell to our new friends and make a special visit to the Australian High Commission where you will learn about the important Australian government funded programs which the High Commission coordinates and the various other community engagement initiatives they operate. Accommodation: George Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

• Breakfast at accommodation • Briefing with KFHA about Roadshow • Depart for village with KFHA • Hand out test kits with KFHA • Dinner Accommodation: George Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

• Breakfast at accommodation • Meet vaccination team • Observe and help with preparation for vaccinations • Attend primary school (TBC) to help nurses with vaccinations • Lunch • Afternoon swim • Dinner at accommodation Accommodation: George Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

• Breakfast at accommodation • Meet with Minister for Education • Meet with students from King George the Fifth, attend classes with them • Lunch – Chatterbox Cafe. Last chance for souvenirs • Meet with the village elder to learn about the threat of rising sea levels in Kiribati • Dinner at accommodation Accommodation: George Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning we will begin the drive to Tabon Te Keekee Bungalows, located in a beautiful setting at North Tarawa. On our way we will stop off at a the Tangaru Central Hospital where the ACCF have worked for many years. We will also stop off at some of the numerous World War II sites. Kiribati lays claim to a number of the bloodiest battles that were fought out in World War II. Sixty years on and much of the evidence of these battles still remain available for travelers to view as a living museum of this part of history. The Japanese entered the pacific and invaded the Gilbert Islands in December of 1941, two days after they bombed Pearl Harbour. In August of 1942, the US Marines held three major operations in an attempt to remove the Japanese, including "The Battle of Tarawa", reputedly one of the bloodiest battles ever fought in World War II. On Tarawa Atoll there are still relics of the occupation and operations. This includes four eight inch coastal defense guns, and solid concrete bunkers and pillboxes. Rusted tanks, amtracs, ship wrecks, and plane wrecks can also be seen on the shores at low tide. You will be greeted warmly at Tabon Te Keekee Bungalows and will enjoy the slower more relaxed atmosphere. This is a family run property with traditional style buia accommodation, which is simple but comfortable. The property is perfectly located to discover the traditional and very quiet northern part of Tarawa and the lagoon passage offers idyllic swimming. After settling into your accommodation and enjoying lunch we will venture out on a Living Culture tour. You walk through the islets and their villages where you can witness some of the traditional cultural practices of Kiribati that are still continued today. You might see how garlands are being made, different types of mats being prepared from coconut or pandanus, thatched roofing and leaf preparations, how toddy is cut and prepared, food preparation and large stone fish-traps, to name a few. You will also visit a clam farm and learn about these beautifully coloured inhabitants of the reefs. There is time this afternoon for reflection and learning before dinner will be served at the Bungalows. Accommodation: Tabon Te Keekee Bungalows

Meals:  B,L,D

Today at low tide we will walk across the island to a well known local landmark called Broken Bridge. The now disused bridge is located at the other end of the small islet and is approximately 2km away. The walk will take you along the the sand flats and also via the narrow walking trails. Although the walk is not long nor hilly you will need to take plenty of water and be prepared with suitable clothing and protection from the sun. The waterway surrounding the bridge is a popular swimming spot and will be a perfect place to enjoy a refreshing swim! The return trip will be via boat to give you the opportunity to look at the island from a different prospective. After dinner there will be time for reflection and learning. Accommodation: Tabon Te Keekee Bungalows

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is free to enjoy the clear, warm, calm lagoon or stroll through the village. Accommodation: Tabon Te Keekee Bungalows

Meals:  B,L,D

There will be one last opportunity this morning to enjoy a morning swim in the lagoon and say goodbye to your tropical island paradise! We will then transfer to the airport for your midday flight to Brisbane via Fiji. Upon arrival in Fiji you will have approximately 5.50hrs in transit waiting for your final flight home. Upon arrival in Brisbane all services conclude yet the memories and friendships made will last a lifetime! Congratulations on supporting the ACCF and assisting them in their goal to protect and enhance women’s health by eliminating cervical cancer. (Flights subject to change) FJ 230 TARAWA TO NADI - depart 12:00pm arrive 03:00pm FJ 923 NADI TO BRISBANE - depart 08:40pm arrive 10:50pm

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Airport transfers throughout Fiji & Kiribati
  • Expert English speaking local guide throughout
  • Good quality accommodation in Nadi, Fiji & Tarawa, Kiribati
  • Private mini bus transport
  • All park entrance fees, sightseeing and site entry fees as listed
  • Pre-departure Information Kit, with all you need to know for your trip
  • Planning and arangements for the Service Project

What's Not Included

  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email, souvenior shopping etc
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory. The school has a policy that should cover you
  • 1 x lunch and 1 x dinner on final day- approx $15 per meal

Upcoming Travel Dates



Duration:13 Days
Starting Point:Brisbane from 12 to 16 students
Activities:Community Outreach Project
Day Walks
Adventure Touring
Grade:Adventure Touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4049