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Marine Conservation Expedition in Fiji

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Strengths

  • Enhancing your scuba diving skills with daily dives (weather permitting)
  • Gain PADI certifications
  • Conducting underwater surveys in the warm waters of the Pacific
  • See coral reefs up close and discover a myriad of fascinating marine creatures to study

Program description

Fiji lies in the heart of the Pacific Ocean on the International Date line and is an archipelago of over 300 lush tropical islands. Fiji is famous for its white sandy beaches, lined with palm trees and for the rich diving and snorkelling experiences which can be found exploring the colourful soft coral reefs, rich with marine life, accessible directly from the beaches, or for deeper dives, just a short boat ride away. This is the perfect location for anyone interested in pacific island volunteering.

 

Fiji is a leader in eco-tourism, striving to managing its land and marine environments to achieve maximum sustainability. When you volunteer abroad in Fiji you’ll get a chance to contribute to that sustainability, with further opportunities exploring the islands, soaking up the sun on beaches, cruising the seas to remote, secluded coves and bays, and experience spectacular diving ! 

 

Immerse yourself in the turquoise waters of the Pacific and participate in numerous projects to protect wildlife and marine flora :

 

- Coral survey, data collection and underwater photographs.

 

- Data collection on targeted fish species.

 

- Biodiversity study, monitoring and inventory of marine species.

 

- Monitoring and protection of endangered species: reef sharks, rays, sea turtles and cetaceans.

 

- Environmental education and awareness program for local schools and communities.

 

All data and statistics are shared with in country research partners, including the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network (FLMMA).

Our team of experts provides full-time volunteer support for research and data collection activities. A major goal of our research is to help better inform local communities to sustainably manage their marine resources, in order to ensure a sustainable food supply for future generations.

 

Volunteers also have an opportunity to teach environmental awareness classes to students in the community. 

 

Work is Monday to Friday. Weekends are free to additional off-project travel, including diving, road or boat trips, visit the surrounding villages, etc. 
 

PADI Training Scuba Diving:

Mission 4 weeks: participants must already be PADI Open Water certified (or equivalent) or take initial PADI training at a diving center near the volunteer camp before starting the mission (at extra charge). You will received your PADI advanced. 

 

Missions of 8 weeks or more, participants are not required to have a PADI certification since the fee includes the following PADI courses:

          - PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty Certificate.

          - PADI Open Water or Advanced Open Water Certificate. 

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Where is your project

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Included in the price

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

Not included in the price

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

Your accommodation

The Volunteer Camp 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.  Project coordinators are present 24 hours a day on volunteer missions for any question or emergency.

 

Volunteers take it in turns to prepare meals for the group. Food is a very basic, mostly vegetarian diet: meat is usually provided on base once a week. Breakfast could be porridge, fruit or toast. Lunch and dinner are a mixture of lentils, beans and vegetables with pasta, rice, noodles, roti, cassava or dalo.

Activities

Additional information

Conditions

- Up to date CV/resume.

- Copy of return flight itinerary.

- Police clearance.

- Intermediate level of English, understanding and speaking.

- Acceptance subject to availability of position.

Payment
A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 

Cancellation

A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.

Other

 

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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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Marine Conservation Expedition in Fiji
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