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Tips for next volunteers in the Solomons

Tips for next volunteers in the Solomons

  1. Travelling without expectations, you get to enjoy much more, let surprise, that everything does not go as planned is normal in the Solomon Islands. The adventure will be your traveling partner. Always expect the unexpected.
  2. The “solomon time” will be, gradually, part of your day, so don’t stress if you see that things don’t happen, take advantage of every minute and definitely make things though it costs to carry them out because it will be worth it. You will learn that the hours are just numbers and you can enjoy live without clock or fixed plans. You are in the “Happy Isles” and this definition is due to something.
  3. Try everything you can travel, because in an archipelago with almost a thousand islands can discover authentic havens, places and incredible stories.
  4. Learn some “Pidgin”, besides being interesting and be fun, you will know a language that very few spoken in the world, and you will also serve to get closer to the local people, who will appreciate it and even help you follow learning.
  5. Culture shock is almost inevitable when you land in a country very different from yours. As I said, nothing happens as you expect, and perhaps nothing is as imagined, plus incredible beaches and postcard photos, there are many other things. You may first impressions are not the best when you arrive to the capital, mainly due to the low environmental awareness, but I assure you eventually find things that are worthwhile and see the true potential of the Islands, that will make you feel lucky.
  6. Live like a local, make the most of the opportunity to be in a genuine and different country, become a sponge and absorbs everything that is out of your comfort zone, soak up the good and learn from at least good. Meet the families, discover their culture and let them know you. Buy at the market, get on the bus, try their dishes, go barefoot, listen to their music and legends … there will be time to return to your day, and see that all this is what, in the end, marks the difference in your experience.

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A passport that adds something more than just a label, a new adventure. A backpack that every time arrives fuller of experiences and learning. With eyes open as coconuts to dive and feed on new realities and, of course, always ready to expect the unexpected. ................................................................................................................................................................. Un pasaporte que suma algo más que un simple sello, una nueva aventura. Una mochila que cada vez regresa más llena de experiencias y aprendizaje. Con los ojos abiertos como cocos para sumergirme y alimentarme de nuevas realidades y, por supuesto, siempre preparado para esperar lo inesperado.

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