Voluntary Service in Fiji

If you really want to experience the local culture and way of living our Fiji volunteering is the right thing for you: in volunteer projects at local schools, in communities and in marine protection you work closely with locals and get to know their warm and friendly culture.

Pick a voluntary service in Fiji between 1 and 26 weeks in these fields:

The remote schools in the Yasawas are under-resourced and the number of teachers is very low. The Fiji Volunteering Program assists schools and teachers with classroom teaching, literacy games and educational activities. The volunteers are involved supporting students both inside the classroom and outside in three main areas:

Early childhood programs
The early childhood programs run in each village kindergarten and focus on children from birth to 4 years old. The goal is to encourage parents in developing an understanding and appreciation of the value of their children attending school.

One on one reading programs
The very valuable reading programs are established to improve learning outcomes for students who are significantly below the national average in literacy.

Vocational programs
Yasawa High School has established four areas of vocational studies and volunteers work towards planning, implementing and assessing the programs. Each program is a one year course.

Additional education programs

  • School holidays program
  • Development learning environments
  • Professional learning
  • Education for adult students
  • Alternative wet weather programs

Volunteers become part of the village community and work with local people on a range of community projects. These Fiji voluntary projects are focused on improving basic living conditions and achieving sustainability including developments to improve access to sufficient fresh water, education of communities in resource management, environmental initiatives, sustainable agriculture practices and assisting in the set up of micro enterprises.

Fiji comprises over 300 islands, 10,000 square kilometres of reefs and 1,500 species of sea life so there is lots to do in Marine Research and Conservation. You will work for one of the following volunteer programs in Fiji:

  • Manta Ray Research: observation, identification, behavioral studies and habitat analysis through daily swimming and snorkeling with these magnificent creatures – Please note: Manta rays visit Fiji only between May and October!
  • Reef Check Fiji: as a volunteer you help providing insight to the health of a reef by diving and snorkeling observation, photographing and recording of data
  • Crown of Thorn Seastar (COTS) Watch: monitoring and management of a notorious predator to coral reefs
  • Coral and clam nursery: Clams filter the water and keep it ‘clean’ which is very important for coral to grow. You will work in a nationwide program to re-introduce clams throughout Fiji
  • Marine Biodiversity Database Fiji: tracking existing animals and plants
  • Habitat Mapping: collecting in-depth information on the layout and composition of reefs in Fiji

Scuba Diving Requirements:

In the above projects you will spend a lot of time snorkeling and scuba diving and hence you need to be qualified to at least Open Water Level. Non-divers can join the program after the completion of a diver training program (approx 5 days) with Reef Safari in Fiji.

Prices

Accommodation incl. meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner); a “bure” is a traditional house in Fiji.

Children, Schools & Education
Accommodation 1 week 2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
additional week
8-10 beds dorm (shared bathroom) 890 Euro 1600 Euro 2310 Euro 3020 Euro 5860 Euro 710 Euro
4-6 beds dorm (shared bathroom) 960 Euro 1750 Euro 2530 Euro 3315 Euro 6450 Euro 785 Euro
Standard Twin/Double Bure (2 people sharing, own facilities) 1300 Euro 2415 Euro 3530 Euro 4645 Euro 9110 Euro 1120 Euro
Standard Twin/Double Bure (1 person only, own facilities) 2130 Euro 4215 Euro 6230 Euro 8250 Euro 16310 Euro 2020 Euro
Standard Triple (2 people sharing, own facilities) 1240 Euro 2295 Euro 3350 Euro 4405 Euro 8625 Euro 1060 Euro
Plus donation to projects 100 Euro 145 Euro 195 Euro 240 Euro 290 Euro

 

Sustainable Communities
Accommodation
1 week
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
additional week
8-10 beds dorm (shared bathroom) 890 Euro 1600 Euro 2310 Euro 3020 Euro 5860 Euro 710 Euro
4-6 beds dorm (shared bathroom) 960 Euro 1750 Euro 2530 Euro 3315 Euro 6450 Euro 785 Euro
Standard Twin/Double Bure (2 people sharing, own facilities) 1300 Euro 2415 Euro 3530 Euro 4645 Euro 9110 Euro 1120 Euro
Standard Twin/Double Bure (1 person only, own facilities) 2130 Euro 4215 Euro 6230 Euro 8250 Euro 16310 Euro 2020 Euro
Standard Triple (2 people sharing, own facilities) 1240 Euro 2295 Euro 3350 Euro 4405 Euro 8625 Euro 1060 Euro
Plus donation to projects 100 Euro 145 Euro 195 Euro 240 Euro 290 Euro

 

Marine Conservation
Accommodation
1 week
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
additional week
8-10 beds dorm (shared bathroom) 1480 Euro 2770 Euro 4060 Euro 5355 Euro not available 1300 Euro
4-6 beds dorm (shared bathroom) 1550 Euro 2920 Euro 4290 Euro 5655 Euro not available 1375 Euro
Standard Twin/Double Bure (2 people sharing, own facilities) 1885 Euro 3585 Euro 5280 Euro 6985 Euro not available 1705 Euro
Standard Twin/Double Bure (1 person only, own facilities) 2785 Euro 5385 Euro 7990 Euro 10585 Euro not available 2605 Euro
Standard Triple (2 people sharing, own facilities) 1825 Euro 3465 Euro 5105 Euro 6745 Euro not available 1645 Euro
Plus donation to projects 100 Euro 145 Euro 195 Euro 240 Euro not available

Included services

  • Booking of all flights (international and domestic) with various stopover options (flight costs not included in price)
  • Support, help and advice on-site
  • Accommodation incl. meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at Barefoot Island Lodge
  • Welcome-meeting and introduction
  • Transfers to the project
  • Training and instructions by experienced project staff
  • Equipment/materials needed in projects
  • 24-hour emergency hotline

Contact person in New Zealand

Jule Kley

Auszeit Neuseeland Coordinator
Tel.: +64 (0)3 546 6338
Skype: auszeit_5

Requirements, visa, tips

  • Good English language skills are an advantage for the volunteering in Fiji.
  • For Fiji voluntary projects in marine protection a diving licence is required. However you are able to attend a diving course on site and equipment will be provided
  • For volunteering at schools in Fiji you will have to provide a police certificate at least 2 weeks prior.
  • The Fiji voluntary service is unpaid.
  • On providing a return ticket and sufficient funds you are able to receive a Fiji visitor visa for up to 4 months.
  • This visa can be extended by another 2 months.
  • Your passport must be valid until at least three months after your planned departure from Fiji.

Combine your volunteering in Fiji with:

  • Other stopovers, e.g. in San Francisco or Los Angeles – we are happy to offer flights.
  • A trip to beautiful New Zealand – we love to organise a complete round trip for you incl. accommodation, transport and activities.
  • A combination of language course and voluntary work in environmental protection in New Zealand.

Dates / enrolment for Fiji volunteer work

Fiji can be visited all year round. You should enroll at least 3 months prior to your planned arrival in Fiji. This allows us to arrange a suitable Fiji volunteer project.