VOLUNTEER IN FIJI
Take a trip to Fiji and help the needy in the community.
- Volunteer Abroad
Help community members to implement important livelihood strategies and protect the environment for future generations in the traditional coastal villages
Location: Silana Village, Dawsamu Fiji
Departure dates: Set departures, see dates tabe
Minimum Age: 18
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 fresh water management, education enrichment, environmental monitoring and mapping, income generation, waste management, health awareness, women’s empowerment and sustainable agriculture practice.
There are five core focuses of the expedition: WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene), health and nutrition, income generation, education enrichment and empowerment, and environmental management & protection.
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.
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation on base is in shared (mixed sex) facilities with shared bathroom facilities. Flush toilet facilities are available, and participants share base duties, including cleaning and other chores.
Volunteers take it in turns to prepare meals for the group. Food is a basic, mostly vegetarian diet consisting of local produce subject to in-season produce and locally available products. Breakfast could be porridge, eggs and beans, fruit or pancakes, lunch may be rice dishes, vegetables, pasta and sauce, etc. and atypical evening meal may include pasta, beans, rice and vegetables in a variety of sauces and flavors.Participants that is gluten intolerant, bring some gluten free products with you i.e. pasta, rice crackers.
Fiji’s many charms provide a wealth of opportunity for the traveler, 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.
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).
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.
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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