Pacific Project 2018, an international trip run by UN Youth New Zealand, took seven high school students, myself included, to Pango Village, Vanuatu. This trip was special to us in the way that we didn’t tread lightly on the surface and see Vanuatu as tourists; instead, we delved deeper, forming friendships with the local people and their culture, speaking with their people of power and visiting the NGO’s. Ideas were challenged, opinions were altered, and we began to look at life from an entirely different vantage point.

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