Kun Ma, a student intern from Inner Mongolia, China, spent 6 weeks in Fiji in October and November 2014.
Kun spent 2 weeks in Suva, assisting with data entry for the Great Fiji Shark Count , then travelled to the island of Taveuni where she lived with villagers in Waitabu village for 4 weeks, carrying out projects related to the sustainable management of the Waitabu Marine Park.
Kun was a great favourite in the village, spending the entire 4 weeks with her host families, and dazzling them with the sari she had bought to wear in Suva for the Hindu New Year (Diwali), at her farewell dinner.
She was also present when the Lindblad Expeditions/ National Geographic ship Orion, came to visit the village, and was part of the village preparations for that event, even weaving her own small mat.
The villager will miss Kun, but at least when she returns they will know how to say Nihao (Hello) to her.