Poutasi, Samoa - Final Farewell
Today was another sad day as we said farewell to Saleilua and Poutasi Primary. We got a nice sleep in and arrived at 9:30. The farewell ceremony started with a few speeches and prayers. Some of the girls and Alex performed a song to the school, followed by our Samoan farewell song. We were then treated to some awesome items from the Primary school such as songs, dances and another farewell song. There were a few tears from teachers and students of both schools so we decided to lighten the mood with a dance party. After we had all exchanged of thank you's, the school presented us with even more lavalavas and other samoan crafts. We were speechless and so grateful and appreciative of everything they have done for us.
Once the ceremony had finished lunch was served but we all rushed out to spend our last lunchtime with our buddies and friends. As we were walking out of the school for the final time, all the students lined up along the field and created a tunnel for us to walk through, saying their final goodbyes as we passed.
We then travelled over the hill into Apia for our final big shop. Many gifts were brought and we returned home carrying weapons, wooden crafts, necklaces and many more, however the teachers said no lava lavas as we already had been given more than enough!
For dinner we were hosted by Chief Joe. He and his wife, Tammy, assisted by their 2 guests put on an amazing dinner of both traditional Samoan food and things like Pasta and Bread which we appreciated. We were able to express our thanks to Chief Joe and his family as he is very supportive of the project and we wouldn’t be able to do it without him. They gifted us each with handmade lava lavas and we decided to try to mix Samoan and NZ culture by presenting them with NZ gifts on a mat in front of them. After a couple of farewell songs, some dancing and hugs we returned to our Fale for the final night.
See you all in less than 48 hours!!!
By Alyssa and Sami