Programme: Volunteer With Children Viti Levu The aim of this community project is to support under-resourced local schools and teachers through the provision of volunteer assistance with teaching, games and activities both in and out of the classroom. This opportunity allows volunteers to build up a bond with the local children and community members while being fully immersed in Fijian culture.
This programme runs for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20 or 24 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Programme: Volunteer With Children Internship Viti Levu Interns will be based initially at out main base in the Dawasamu District on the east coast of Viti Levu Island. The traditional villages, dense jungle, mountains, and beautiful coastline of the area makes a truly amazing environment in which to live and work. Working in local rural schools and also in surrounding communities depending on the requirements at the time, applicants focus on providing educational activities and supporting classroom activities. Due to the long duration of the internship project, applicants will have the opportunity to really make a huge different in the early developmental stages of these local children's lives.
After the 12 week training phase conducted on our volunteer project sites, successful candidates will start a 12-week work placement with a partner organisation or assist the field team in the operation and management of our own projects. With both pathways, applicants work alongside professional teams, gaining valuable experience throughout. This internship offers the opportunity to gain additional qualifications and experience in a teaching environment, offering a fantastic starting point for developing a career in education.
This programme runs for 24 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Programme: Community Development Island Expedition Viti Levu This community project is located in the Dawasamu District on the east coast of Viti Levu Island. Volunteers will be working alongside local community members on a range of community development initiatives which may include fresh water management, education enrichment, environmental monitoring and mapping, income generation, waste management, health awareness, women’s empowerment and sustainable agriculture practices. All the while volunteers will be interacting with local villagers, making lifelong friends and getting thoroughly immersed in the Fijian way of life.
This programme runs for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20 and 24 weeks.Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Room & Board (any housing, food, and transportation included). During your project dates your accommodation and food are included in the project cost. The base is located on the in the Dawasamu District on the east coast of Viti Levu Island. Accommodation is basic and you will be sharing in mixed dorm rooms with bunkbeds. There is limited running water. Food is basic (rice, pasta, potatoes with fresh veg orders once a week). Volunteers take turns preparing the daily meals in the communal kitchen. There is limited mobile reception.
Does the project require any special preparation? All volunteers are encouraged to learn more about local history, culture and customs before travelling. All training will be taught in the field..
Overview of the tasks and time commitment needed from the participant. This expedition requires a full time commitment. Depending on your length of stay volunteers can expect to have a few free weekends to explore the surround islands and local sights.
What specific skills, education, or experience must the participant have? What skills, education, or experience are desirable? Volunteers need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives. Volunteers need to be physically fit and healthy as they will be hiking long distances daily. As a result of the basic living conditions volunteers need to be flexible and able to work well in teams and people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
Health and safety (site specific health and safety information). The nearest emergency medical facilities are located in Korovou Town (40 minutes away from base by car). For major emergencies volunteers are taken to Suva Private Hospital in Suva. We have emergency procedures for all foreseeable events, the staff are first aid trained and you will receive a safety briefing on arrival.
Inclusions/things to do (trips or extra features). Volunteers are welcome to organize side trips for their free time or pre or post their project experience. All associated costs and travel expenses are not included in the project fee and need to be factored into the volunteer's own budget. Fiji is a beautiful and exotic destination with picturesque white sand beaches, world class dive sites, and Fiji’s famous culture of hospitality and warmth. As an island nation, many activities are water based! Starting locally, just a short boat ride volunteers can visit the famous pod of dolphins residing all year round on Moon Reef, hike into forests and swim in hidden waterfalls and visit one of Fiji’s famous island resorts.
With many local dive shops in the area, volunteers can complete their PADI Open Water course and take advantage of the endless diving opportunities available.
Fiji’s capital city, Suva, is only a few hours from all our project sites, known for its relaxed atmosphere, energetic nightlife, large farmers market and atmospheric port. The old historical capital of Fiji, Levuka, makes for an interesting day trip and is accessible by ferry and small boat and located on the nearby Ovalau Island.
Orientation and Training (supervision and preparation the participant will receive). Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.
Costs (detailed list of what’s included/not included and per diem estimate). What's included:
Pre-departure support and discounted services:
24-hour emergency phone
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Long term experienced staff
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support
Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
Community work workshop
Certification and summary of training and experience received
Weekly evaulation with your mentor
First Aid & CPR training
PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (not including PADI professional fees)
Use of O2 equipment workshop
Diving compressor training workshop
Coral reef ecology
First Aid & CPR training and certification
Confidential professional reference
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
PADI Advanced Open Water
Transfer to base location
Teamwork and leadership experience
Leading biological surveys course
Work placement (if successful on training period)
What's not included:
Medical and travel insurance
Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
PADI Open Water
Food during work placement
Additional Information. In order for you to enter the country with the correct visa for your volunteering duration it is very important that you take into account the following requirements:
For volunteers intending on staying in Fiji for less than three months : When entering the country please state that you are volunteering with us. You will be issued a temporary 14 day visa that we will then convert into a Limited Authority to work visa. To do this we will need you to provide a staff member at your welcome meeting with
proof of your departure flight (scheduled for departure in under 3 months time)
190 Fijian Dollars (about $135 NZD)
hard copy of your Criminal Record Check (translated into English)
For volunteers or interns intending on staying in Fiji for more than three months: When entering the country please state that you are volunteering with us. You will be issued a temporary 14 day visa that we will then convert into a Short Term work visa. To do this we will need you to provide a staff member at your welcome meeting with:
proof of your departure flight (scheduled for departure in under 6 months time)
hard copy of your Criminal Record Check (translated into English)