Activities focus on Empower Pacific's counselling services and analysing the progress and impact of their community awareness programs. Previous activities have provided PACE students with experience in:
- Social Research
- Health Promotion/Policy
- Statistical analysis
- Working with young people
- Monitoring & Evaluation
Accommodation: Students stay in a 4-star hotel with Western-style facilities, located on the Lautoka Waterfront. Breakfast is included and there are laundry services available as well as two pools on-site. The accommodation is also a 5 minute walk to the Lautoka city centre and the major shopping centre which houses a number of restuarants, grocery stores, clothing stores and a cinema. This accommodation is a shared accommodation with 2 people per room.
Activity Timing*: Winter Vacation (June - July)
Activity length: 4 weeks
PACE Units*: PSYU3399
*Please note: unit availability, timing and activities are dependent on partner needs and are subject to change. Not all units are offered each session.
Location and highlights
Empower Pacific is located in Lautoka, the second largest city in Fiji and approximately 30 minutes from Nadi - the tourist hub of Fiji. Nadi is the gateway to explore the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands where episodes of Survivor have been filmed as well as the movie Castaway. Lautoka is home to Fiji's second largest food market and annual events include the July Farmers Fest and the Sugar Festival in September.
Students conducted research on community awareness sessions in Fiji for violence against women, sexual and gender based violence and child abuse campaigns. Through their work, students provided Empower with evidence to further develop and improve their community awareness outreach. Along with recommendations for project changes, with the aim to increase the community's knowledge and awareness of services and actions to be taken regarding violence and abuse.
Students conducted research, analysis and survey design for youth suicide and suicide prevention. This activity included a field trip to remote Fijian villages to observe and implement the survey in collaboration with these communities.