Mott Community College
Fiji Study Tour 2001
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Itinerary
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Student Art Exhibits
in Fiji --
post-Fiji --
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Group Formation by Participants
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Fiji Study Tour


APPENDIX E

Selected and annotated photographs from Fiji Study Tour


Friday, July 13, 2001 -- Students, some with family or friends, wait in the Art Center parking lot for the bus to arrive that will take them to Detroit Metro airport.
Friday, July 13, 2001 – Waiting to board the long haul flight to Fiji at the LAX airport. Typical of several family groups, this mother-daughter group stayed close when travelling to Fiji.
Sunday, July 15, 2001 (3 AM, Fiji Time) – Participants wander through Nadi Airport in Fiji with no distinct group formation. Their body language indicates both their fatigue from travelling and the lack of any group identity.
Monday, July 16, 2001 – During a guided tour of the Fiji Museum, students tend to stay closer together, often standing in pairs or keeping watch over each other. However, body language and expressions still indicates a certain degree of distance.
Monday, July 16, 2001 – Outside the Fiji Museum, a group of students, both younger, older, different races, etc. start to bond together. They are beginning to share in the "adventure". However, arms are still in front of them, held in and away from the other students.
Tuesday, July 17, 2001 – At the Art Opening of the students’ exhibit, Fiji Museum, these four participants step into the hallway as emotions ran close to the surface. Several expressed a sense of being overwhelmed by the outpouring of deep sharing and support of their art by both the local attendees and each other. All artwork was intended as a "conceptual self-portrait" and was accompanied by an artist’s statement which provided others with insight into the meaning behind the imagery.
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 – Low tide at the Beachouse backpacker’s resort which served as home base. Two of the younger female participants explore the water’s edge before the first workshop begins.
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 – The workshop on traditional Fijian pottery-making techniques begins. As the day progresses, students become more interactive with the instructors.
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 – Three from the younger group try out some fresh coconut juice (a local treatment for constipation).
Friday, July 20, 2001 – Third day of workshops, this one was on Masi-making (bark-cloth). At this point, participant FST-1007 had been moved to separate quarters onsite and generally did not participate in any additional scheduled activities due to his condition. Also, participants FST-1016 and 1017 joined the instructor and her spouse on a shopping-banking trip to a nearby city. FST-1022 had already gone off on her own with old friends (she’s the instructor’s daughter and former resident of Fiji).
Saturday, July 21, 2001 – In four separate long boats, the main tour group travels up the Navua River to the waterfalls. They begin to really take on the notion of "watching out" for one another.
Monday, July 23, 2001 – A 5 km trek along the Sigatoka Sand Dunes continues to physically test the students. The two oldest do not make this trek but are bussed to meet the group at the end. Also, FST-1016 and 1017 "oversleep" at the Beachouse and miss the bus to the dunes.
Tuesday, July 24, 2001 – A week later, outside the Fiji Museum, just before the students get ready to pick up their artwork that was in the Art Exhibit. A real sense of camaraderie is beginning to form. They’ve also adopted the busdriver (front).
Tuesday, July 24, 2001 – Mott students meet with some of the Journalism students of the University of the South Pacific. The interaction leads to a lively discussion and a growing awareness of their own level of "privilege" and security.
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 – The trip nearly completed, the participants take "their" bus back to Nadi where they’ll stay in a local mid-level resort for two nights before heading back to the USA. A strong sense of camaraderie and comfort with each other is demonstrated here.
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 -- Same as above.
Thursday, July 26, 2001 – A Conga line forms as some members of the Fiji Study Tour celebrate their last night in Fiji. Emotions ran very high this night with many personal expressions of "family" solidarity.

Thursday, July 26, 2001 – The last hurrah before the very long series of flights back to Flint and the "real" world. The closeness among the group is very apparent. FST-1023 had already headed back to the USA on the 24th, and FST-1007 was not feeling well enough to join the dinner. The picture is being taken by FST-1022.

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