You may be interested in learning more about your new country and it’s rich history. Fiji has been influenced by a variety of different cultures These include other South Pacifiic cultures, as well as further afield Chinese, Indian and European.
Brief history of Fiji
The first human to inhabit Fiji came across the seas. They used large outrigger boats called “Druas” about 3500 years ago. You can find a great Drua in the Fiji Museum. Europeans explorers “discovered” Fiji in the nineteenth century. Fiji was ceded to Great Britain in 1874. The next large change for Fiji was the introduction of indentured labourers from India in 1879. Finally, Fiji became independent in 1970.
Living in Fiji now
First of all I want to say Fiji today is a safe culture-rich thriving country. Suva is considered the “capital” of the South Pacific. Consequently many smaller nations travel here to access medical and educational institutions. Also, people take advantage of the things that aren’t available in smaller pacific countries. While Fiji has experienced a number of coups the political situation has stabilised and as a result is enjoying the benefits of being a calm democracy.
As an expat in Fiji today accessing the cultural aspects has never been easier. Our clients can take dance lessons or learn a language. Learning how to cook some of the delicious foods. We can take you to shop at the fresh food markets so you can do it for yourself. You can experience more traditional aspects which will certainly help you Find Your Feet in your new home.
Perhaps the aspects of the Indian culture are of interest – we can organize almost any session to cover the history and modern-day practices of this rich culture. Most noteworthy, Indian cooking classes will certainly help you feel at home and feed your tummy.
You can purchase art or artefacts in a variety of places in Fiji. There are art galleries and some shops that specialize in artistic pieces. In addition, you can take art lessons to learn how to produce traditional art. Maybe comparing different styles through galleries or in a village visit.
Are you interested in learning one of the local languages, either Fijian or Hindi? Our clients often like gaining a better understanding of the cultural aspects of their new country. English is the national language and most people commonly speak English in the urban areas. If you know how to ask for products at the local markets and are able to say “Thank you” in the appropriate language, this can really help blend you into the community. Find Your Feet can facilitate a tailor made session based on your needs.
Most of all, every one of our clients is different. We enjoy seeing Fiji through fresh eyes as much as you do. Allow us to help you make the journey to living in Fiji.