Program Details

  • Program Type: Volunteer
  • Location: Fiji
  • Starting Price: EUR 1,675.00
Fiji

Help community members to implement important livelihood strategies and protect the environment for future generations in the traditional coastal villages

 
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Depending on the community needs and project direction, you will join a passionate team of staff and volunteers in a range of activities and experiences which might include: participating in the construction and installation of rainwater harvesting systems, building vegetable gardens, helping rural communities set up income generating projects, interacting with villagers and making lifelong friends, visit idyllic traditional Fijian villages and be immersed in the Fijian way of life. On weekends you can enjoy island hopping between stunning remote island locations with beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery, participating in activities such as scuba diving, dolphin watching, hiking to waterfalls, snorkeling, traditional ceremonies, and Fijian language lessons. Our projects cover a diverse and varied range of projects, which may include themes such as:

  • Fresh water management
  • Community education & enrichment
  • Environmental education
  • Alternative income generation
  • Waste management
  • Health awareness
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Nutrition and sustainable agriculture practice. 

Strengths of the Fiji Construction Volunteer Project 

  • Improve living conditions in partnership with the inhabitants
  • Tasks varied and adapted to the profile of each
  • A heavenly setting
  • Total immersion in Fiji culture

Your Environment | Accommodation and Meals

Our programs here are based in two stunning locations. One is based on the idyllic Caqalai Island pronounced ‘than-ga-lai’ in the Lomaiviti Island group. Caqalai is a tiny island (you can walk around it in 15 minutes) defined by white sand beaches and a lush interior. The island is on the edge of an expansive reef system and nearby to 10 small villages located on the neighbouring Moturiki Island. The second is in the Dawasamu District on Viti Levu, remote and known for its proximity to Moon Reef and its resident pod of Spinner Dolphins. Based in the village of Silana, this is a perfect location to experience true Fijian life, in an amazing region defined by dense jungle, volcanic mountainsides and the tribal culture of Tailevu Province.
 

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

You will stay in basic dormitory accommodation with a communal kitchen and work area and living space to relax with fellow volunteers. In the evenings the team will gather to eat and share stories with meals are cooked by teams on a rotational basis.

Fiji’s many charms provide a wealth of opportunity for the traveller, world class dive sites, tropical beaches, island hopping and snorkeling are some of the most popular ways for volunteers to take it all in. Fiji’s famous culture, warmth and hospitality will make every adventure a pleasure. For more information on your time off project, see the Free Time section above. 
 

 TIMETABLE

The team rises bright and early to prep for the day ahead. You will review current projects and then head to the project site with your team to start work. Project work generally runs Monday to Friday with weekends providing time to relax and explore the local area (diving, road or boat trips, visiting the surrounding villages, fishing, etc).  Programs are available from two weeks onwards. 
 

What we did through volunteering COMMUNITIES 

  • Hundreds of thousands of liters of rainwater harvesting and storage capacity added
  • Improved waste management in Dawasamu by developing community-based waste management solutions
  • Carried out extensive community education workshops on wide range of topics, from womens menstrual health to climate change and disaster preparedness.
  • Introduced and promoted the principles of WaSH in rural villages and schools
  • Helped to create and implement alternative livelihood projects which can help women generate income within the village

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Testimonials

  • Tyler - USA

    I just recently returned home from the education project in Fiji. I knew that this was going to be an adventure that I would never forget but what I didn’t know was how it would change my life. Before I left for Fiji I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life, now I have a strong sense of direction.

Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Activities & excursions
  • Personal spendings

Terms and conditions for volunteers

  • Up to date CV/ resume
  • Copy of return flight itinerary
  • Police clearance
  • Basic level of English; understanding and speaking
  • Acceptance subject to availability of position

Payment & Cancellation

The non-refundable deposit payment is due within 48 hours of notice of acceptance onto the program. Deposits are currently €300(or equivalent) or €900 (or equivalent) for Programs costing €5000 (or equivalent) or more, or for Programs with a duration of 90 days or more.

For Programs with a deposit of €300 or equivalent 50% of the balance will be due 16 weeks before departure and the outstanding balance must be paid by the Participant no later than 10 weeks prior to departure. For Programs with a deposit of €900 or equivalent 50% of the balance will be due 20 weeks before departure and the outstanding balance must be paid by the Participant no later than 12 weeks prior to departure.

For Programs with a deposit of €300 or equivalent the Participant will be entitled to cancel at any time up until 16 weeks before departure. For Programs with a deposit of €900 or equivalent , the Participant will be entitled to cancel at any time up until 20 weeks before departure. In the event of timely cancellation, the Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of the deposit, but will be entitled to a refund of any other monies paid. All refunds are subject to an administration fee of €15, or equivalent. In the event of cancellation after the deadlines above, the Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of any monies paid.

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Our team worked closely with local village chiefs and communities to ensure they would not displace the islanders’ way of life, and to make sure the changes they brought to the Yasawas would be beneficial, not detrimental, to the locals. Very quickly, it became obvious that in reality, the villagers live far from the ‘paradise’ that first meets the eye. In fact, the villagers struggle from day to day with immense shortages of clean drinking water, little to no health services or facilities, poor nutrition, a lack of educational support and supplies, inadequate power and no sustainable way of life for the future.

The Trust aims to improve the provision of basic needs and amenities for villages throughout the Yasawa Islands. It seeks to do this both through direct aid and by acting as a facilitator, bringing those who can help together with the landowners and residents.

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