All The Best Celeste

Whether it was lifting boxes, helping to train national federation officials or encouraging people to get involved in certain activities, volunteers are the foundation of what is FASANOC.

Australian volunteer Celeste Larkins is a Health Promotions officer and has been a part of the FASANOC family for a little over three months.

"I never thought I would come to Fiji," says Celeste.

"It seemed so far away from where I live, which is on the other side of Australia."

"So it wasn't until I saw an advert to come as a volunteer to Fiji that I started googling about Fiji."

She said she didn't get her hopes up when she applied "just in case I didn't get it" was how she put it.

"After all the Google searches and all the information I could find, I saw that it was a beautiful country," she said.

Celeste said when she went through the final process it was an anxious wait to find out whether she got the volunteering gig or not.

"I was excited when I found out that I got the position I was also a bit scared because I would be leaving my husband for the very first time," she said.

"I knew that I would miss him."

Celeste was fortunate to have her life partner Dane visit her while she was in Fiji.

On arrival in Fiji, she was not too sure what to expect.

"It was dark when we first arrived but the next day I couldn't help but wonder "gee there are a lot of shops here," she said with a smile.

Celeste along with other volunteers was treated to a village visitation which is where she first tasted kava.

It is important to note that Celeste is a vegetarian so when she arrived at FASANOC workmates would tease her about being in the wrong country to be vegetarian.

Celeste is also an avid yoga follower as well as having been a competitive ballroom dancer.

Forever in a jovial mood, Celeste tried teaching FASANOC staff about ballroom dancing. (Not the best dancers, but Master and I pulled it off, I think)

"It was one of those special moments along with joining Master for our lunch-time training sessions," she said.

Like all overseas volunteers, Celeste hopes to leave a mark during her short time with FASANOC.

"My background is in health and nutrition so the biggest accomplishment for me was working with FASANOC's STOP Champions and Voices of the Athletes educators on dealing with the media," she said.

Celeste said she would miss the sense of community and the smiling people.

"As well as the great skin," a laughing Celeste said.

FASANOC wishes Celeste all the best in her future.

Picture: FASANOC Staff learning what Social Media is all about with Australian Volunteer Celeste Larkins 



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