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Taking a tour of Fiji

June 28, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Throughout the summer, ASU students studying abroad will be writing back to the states about their overseas adventures. Fostering international student experiences is just one part of ASU's commitment to making a global impact.

Tabarik's blog:
Bula from Nadi, Fiji! Nadi is pronounced Nandi because the “n ” makes the “nd” sound here. Today we went to Mana Island, and it was so beautiful. The climate here is very tropical, which makes it quite different from New Zealand. Most of the group went snorkeling and, as an added bonus, I treated myself to a Fijian mani-pedi!

Yesterday, we got to tour a farm. It was awesome to see eggplant, cucumber and watermelon plants growing, and then we got to try fresh sugarcane. It was so delicious! We were also given a tour of the hospital and made a stop at the local market. The hospital was very different from any that I have seen in the U.S. and made me rather sad. I didn’t take any pictures in order to respect patient’s privacy, but the conditions there made me want to become a pediatric humanitarian even more than I wanted to before this experience. When it comes to health care, I think Americans are definitely privileged due to all of our state-of-the-art facilities and technology. Access to health care facilities is sometimes limited, depending on where you live in the world, but I believe everyone deserves proper care to the highest degree despite their socioeconomic status.

Tomorrow we depart for Votua Village; we will be planting corn and spending time with our village families.

Tabarik Ahmad, a global health major, will be a junior this fall. She is studying abroad in New Zealand and Fiji this summer.