Connect with Kids at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

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Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji, has announced the Connect with Kids programme, a unique and culturally educational travel experience for children and their parents staying at the resort.

Conceived by the resort’s resident marine biologist and outreach coordinator Johnny Singh, this new program will be offered every Friday afternoon and will allow families to embark on an off-site tour where visiting children are invited to join local primary school children of similar age groups in their classroom and participate in that day’s curriculum.

“One of the beautiful outcomes of travelling is exploring and learning first-hand about different cultures and people,” said Bart Simpson, general manager of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji.

“At Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we pride ourselves on immersing our guests in traditional Fijian culture and hospitality.  By offering the Connect with Kids program, we hope to reinforce the importance of travelling to our young guests, broaden their curiosity, and ideally, make a friend along the way.”

While travelling to the nearby school, families will participate in a language learning game to teach children how to say common phrases in Fijian, such as “hello,” “thank you,” and how to count to ten.  Upon arrival, each visiting child will be paired with a local child of their own age, and together they will participate in recreational and educational activities, such as a short game of soccer or volleyball, and get a taste of traditional Fijian cuisine with afternoon snacks like tapioca cake and other assorted local sweets.

Upon departure, the local school children will bid farewell to the young guests by singing the Fijian national anthem “God Bless Fiji.”  After the visit, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort encourages children to send handwritten letters to each other through a pen pal program.  As part of the program, the resort will provide envelopes for the local children, collect the letters each week, and send them with an update attached about the charity work done in the school.  In partnership with the Savusavu Community Foundation, the resort also will accept voluntary donations for the school outreach program from guests during their stay or at checkout.

As the resort’s outreach coordinator, Johnny Singh spearheads community outreach, visits local schools to talk to the students about the importance of the coral reefs in their community, organizes visits to the resort from local schools, and shows the students the resort’s sustainable practices first-hand.

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