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Fiji Study Tour 2001
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APPENDIX D

Items 1 through 10

SAMPLES FROM WRITTEN STATEMENTS ON SURVEYS (completed November 2001).
Note: Text has been corrected for spelling. Also, text in the answers in [brackets] are the author’s notes for clarification.



1. Participant: FST-1023

Q #10: How would you best describe your relationship with the other participants of the tour?
A: I was touched by so many of the students, and I believe that I touched them as well. I shall remember them with affection.

Q #16: Is there anything else you’d like to share…?
A: I have traveled widely. This trip was a unique and wonderful experience. I give it a ten. The students were as much a part of what made it special as the trip to such a different culture…


2. Participant: FST-1019

Q #11: Can you describe what change, if any, in how you perceive your relationship with other participants in the tour?
A: Spending two weeks living together creates a pretty strong bond – I made new friends.

Q #16: Is there anything else you’d like to share…?
A: I was really impressed with how our group identity developed – we became a group I was glad to consider myself a member of. There is nothing like traveling, living, eating – spending 24/7 with people to create a bonding among them. Everyone exhibited concern and caring for each other – even in the most difficult situations involving a mentally ill member. Everyone watched out for each other…Before the trip, I had some anxiety about spending two weeks travelling in such a large entourage, but it turned out to be a great experience… There was always someone to share with – that was enriching. It was like traveling with friends, even though most were strangers to me at the beginning of the trip…. What a gift.


3. Participant: FST-1018

Q #14: Do you feel your relationship with other tour participants is different from that which you have with other students or people you see on a regular basis?
A: Yes, because location, and the different obstacles, and endeavors we had to endure put us into situations we have never had to deal with. So I guess it made us realize this is it, and we either sink or swim. Together or alone.


4. Participant: FST-1017

Q #8: Was there one or more specific events during the trip that you believe lead to a closer relationship with other participants in the tour?
A: Yes, our Art Show. [Researcher’s Note: 22 of the participants also created artwork that was put on display at the Fiji Museum.] It brought us closer together because we have never had artwork in another country before.

Q #10: How would you best describe your relationship with the other participants of the tour?
A: It was like we became a family because all we had were each other over there.

Q #16: Is there anything else you’d like to share…?
A: I had one of the best times of my life with the group, and glad I didn’t miss out.


5. Participant: FST-1013

Q #6: How well do you feel you knew the tour leader by the end of the trip?
A: Like a mom.

Q #9: How well do you feel you knew other participants in the tour by the end of the trip?
A: Developed some pretty strong bonds, was able to open up to everyone by the end.

Q #10: How would you best describe your relationship with the other participants of the tour?
A: We bonded. We shared a breathtaking moment of life and for a time became a family.

Q #11: Can you describe what change, if any, in how you perceive your relationship with other participants in the tour?
A: We all opened up and accepted each other as individuals.

Q #12: Would you consider meeting with other participants in the tour as a group in the future?
A: Oh yeah. Getting together to meet about [FST-1007] felt really nice to see everyone again and all.

Q #15: How would you describe your feelings towards other tour participants?
A: I’m enlightened by all of the unique characteristics of everyone. I don’t judge them harshly. I perceive them all as people who wanted to try something new. I consider everyone a friend.

Q #16: Is there anything else you’d like to share…?
A: I’ve never felt so free, so light-hearted, so open than I did in these glorious two weeks… I’ve never felt so content with myself and my surroundings. It was such a release from the uptight, insecure world.


6. Participant: FST-1012

Q #7: Do you feel you had a closer relationship with any of the other participants by the end of the tour?
A: I felt I became closer with [FST-1016] and [FST-1017]. They made me feel safe when I was with them. [FST-1018] is also someone I wish I could see more. [FST-1007] affected me on the trip as well. Although we got angry with him a lot, I think we all had a feeling that we had to protect him. [FST-1013] because I realize that out of all my friends, she brings out the best in me. And you [FST-1020] because I felt you were the mother and strength of the group, which is a good feeling to have far away from home.

Q #8: Was there one or more specific events during the trip that you believe lead to a closer relationship with other participants in the tour?
A: [FST-1007] definitely brought the group I was usually with closer. We got to talk deeply about our emotions with each other and open up because we had. I got to see real sides of the people I didn’t know as well before. I also had fun, though, with people I couldn’t normally spend time with here [in Flint] due to social and race status. The ladies [older female students] took the place of my mom when I was homesick.

Q #15: How would you describe your feelings towards other tour participants?
A: In the beginning, I looked around at all the people I was going to be with for the next fourteen days and I didn’t believe we would get along. The ages varied widely. There were different races and religions. I thought we would all get at each other. But we all had patience with each other. I’ve been on other trips before with groups of friends and it was aggravating to try and agree. Listening to how the other people [in the FST tour] lived and became who they were was more interesting to me than any of the European [other foreigners in Fiji] I met. I have a great respect for the people I shared those two weeks with.

Q #16: Is there anything else you’d like to share…?
A: What I thought was cool was the way other [outside the group] looked at us when we were in the group. We got a lot of attention wherever we went. The Warwick [a nearby resort] was classic. When [FST-1011- white female] fed [FST-1016 – black male] and the whole place was looking at us in amazement. It really made me realize how much more open our country is to differences in people than any other… If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.


7. Participant: FST-1010

Q #14: Do you feel your relationship with other tour participants is different from that which you have with other students or people you see on a regular basis?
A: Yes. I feel that we went through experiences together. We became strong as a group, and I feel a sense of protecting the people in our group…Almost like we are a whole.

Q #15: How would you describe your feelings towards other tour participants?
A. With [FST-1016] and [FST-1017], I didn’t feel much connection. Re: [FST-1007], I felt concern for him and often thought of him a lot on the trip. With [FST-1012, 1013, 1018, 1001, 1004 – all in youngest age group], I feel they were nice, but the age differences led us in different directions. I really felt closer to [FST-1002, 1003, 1009, 1020, 1023, 1021 and 1011 – all older except 1011]. When some of the group [FST-1006] associated everything with religion – that tended to turn me off as I felt them condemn some of the others… I felt like I wanted to spend more time talking with [FST-1020, 1021, 1023 and 1019].


8. Participant: FST-1009

Q #7: Do you feel you had a closer relationship with any of the other participants by the end of the tour?
A: Yes, the close contact and shared experiences has brought us all together as a group. The bond that was formed has continued to bring the group together even after the end of the trip.

Q #8: Was there one or more specific events during the trip that you believe lead to a closer relationship with other participants in the tour?
A: The art exhibition was especially enriching. The creation of a work of art is an expression of one’s inner self. Sharing in that creation is a very powerful bonding experience. The seminar at the Journalism class was also extremely revealing and touching. It was a warm, touching experience.

Q #9: How well do you feel you knew other participants in the tour by the end of the trip?
A: I felt the students were great ambassadors and put their heart and soul into what they did.

Q #10: How would you best describe your relationship with the other participants of the tour?
A: Where we were just acquaintances before. I feel we became friends as a result of the trip. I also feel that, as a group, we felt we were representatives of the college and therefore had a shared mission.


9. Participant: FST-1006

Q #8: Was there one or more specific events during the trip that you believe lead to a closer relationship with other participants in the tour?
A: [FST-1007] of course, spending time talking, hiking and praying with him.

Q #15: How would you describe your feelings towards other tour participants?
A: I liked everybody – Everyone was well mannered over all.

Q #16: Is there anything else you’d like to share…?
A: It was real nice getting to know everyone. I feel we all care about each other.


10. Participant: FST-1004

Q #9: How well do you feel you knew other participants in the tour by the end of the trip?
A: I know them more as a person than I did before. Instead of assuming what kind of a person they might be.

Q #15: How would you describe your feelings towards other tour participants?
A: I feel we pretty much clicked on the plane ride to Fiji. It was like when we got there, we already were kind of close to each other. Some more than others. Around the second day on the island, we were already talking and joking around. Like we were like that before we left. Then it just progressed each day. [Researcher’s Note: Observations on the videotapes confirm that there was a nearly immediate camaraderie upon their arrival in Fiji.]

Q #16: Is there anything else you’d like to share…?
A: I was talking to one of the participants the other day and she mentioned how it wouldn’t be the same going on another trip without the same people. In a way, I kind of agree with her….


11. Participant: FST-1003

Q #7: Do you feel you had a closer relationship with any of the other participants by the end of the tour?
A: I got to know a couple of people better rather than just in a classroom setting. Found out we had a lot in common.

Q #16: Is there anything else you’d like to share…?
A: There were-- Some I liked being around; Some I did not like being around; and some I tolerated. Though I think this is normal for being with such a large group – many different kinds of people – for that long of time – in a new environment that was strange to all of us…


12. Participant: FST-1002

Q #8: Was there one or more specific events during the trip that you believe lead to a closer relationship with other participants in the tour?
A: Yes. The situation around [FST-1007] and activities. That required us to be responsible for others.

Q #16: Is there anything else you’d like to share…?
A: I feel like everybody did well and had fun on this tour. And even though we all had to deal with one person who was having trouble internally, I believe that everybody did their part in seeing that he was taken care of in the best way they knew how. I also fell that everybody grew to another level in patience and friendliness.

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