29 May, 2006

Korean Nurse thrilled to be in Fiji

Taken from an article in the Fiji Times. Coming to Fiji is a first-time experience for 27 year old Maeum Cho and she thinks it is a great country to be in. She has just spent two days in the country and is already in love with it. Ms Cho is one of the Korean Overseas Volunteers from the six-member team who are in the country to render volunteer services to respective Government ministries. The Korean Overseas Volunteers (KOVs) are being dispatched under the Government of the Republic of Korea's Cooperation Program for 2006. The program's main objective is to contribute to the well-being of developing countries by promoting friendship and sharing skills and knowledge with people in developing countries. Ms Cho will start work at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva in the middle of July. She will be helping in looking after cancer and chemotherapy patients at the hospital. At present, she is being briefed and trained to mix around with the local people and get to understand the local culture. She is staying with a Fijian family in Suva. "I feel the people here are very kind and friendly and I am looking forward to tasting the local food. I am also looking forward to becoming part of the Fijian culture", Ms Cho said. She said it was not awkward at all when she tasted yaqona for the first time but she had to try it out or she would not know. She said that the family she is living with in Suva has been good to her. Ms Cho will spend the next two years working in Fiji and can extend her time if she wants.

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