The next day, Sunday, the team attended an international church followed by further orientation where they learned some Bislama (the main language spoken in Vanuatu), and more about the culture and traditions of the people. This was followed by a delicious meal, which included traditional food cooked in banana leaves, under hot coals.
The team was then divided into three smaller teams and spent the next six days working in rotation on the water tank and base projects.
The water tank was being constructed in a village a short drive from the YWAM base. This project had the team digging foundations, laying rio, mixing cement, sifting sand and applying concrete. This project would take 6 full days of work to complete and each team had the opportunity to work there. Although these were long and hot days of physical labour, working in the village presented a great opportunity for each of the students to make new friends and to invite them to the Youth night that would be held at the end of the week at the YWAM base.
The team worked on various base projects, which included cutting long grass with machetes to make roofing for the new duck enclosure; cleaning the kindergarten and preparing a children’s program, which they presented to village children; general base cleaning and lots and lots of shovelling of rocks and sand for the tank project.
Each of these projects had the teams physically working very hard and their dedication and perseverance to getting each job done was phenomenal.