Fiji

In the center of the Pacific Ocean, Fiji is the perfect destination to escape your daily routine between the turquoise waters, white sand beach and green jungle. As a volunteer and simple tourist, feel free to share your experiences and adventures during your trip to Fiji. If you are looking for more information about the unlimited opportunity to volunteer aboard, you will find all the verified programs right here.

Frontier

Had an awesome time on a really well organised project by an organization that made everything so easy. The project coordinator was amazing, I knew the support was there if needed.Everything went very smoothly apart from a few occurrences of 'fijitime' making things difficult!

I would have liked to have known a few more details about the living arrangements and host family prior to departure though.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Oct 27, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
7

Frontier

Each of the staff were amazing, they were so welcoming and helpful. The bus to Navua and the boat to Beqa was great, very smooth and no delays. Jess helped me all the way. It was also nice that I was greeted by some of the volunteers from camp at the airport.

The science and all surveys were great, each member of the staff were so enthusiastic about everything which made it more fun. Although if the data that we collected was used within the mataqali to decide which areas were tamboo sites and there was an education scheme with the locals, surveying would be more worthwhile.

Camp was so much better than I was expecting, the life on camp was amazing and everyone was so friendly and approachable. The beds were comfy and a nice surprise compared to the pre-deployment information that I would be sleeping on the ground with a role mat. The food was great with lots of spices to make dishes more appealing. However, I would love if there was more fruit because there was little to none provided.

All the staff were amazing, they were so approachable and friendly yet professional. The diving was amazing, the training and the surveys were so fun and the general vibe on camp was amazing. The only problem I had was the kit list, it had stuff on there that I didn’t need and it didn’t include the essential things like a pillow and a solar panel charger, which wasted my money. The project also gave me such a great experience of Fiji and the culture including visits to the local village for food once a week and for expeditions/ sports.

Program:
Location: Fiji
Posted: Sep 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I had a great time in Fiji. The family is lovely and at the project I loved hanging out with the staff. Everyone is really nice. The homestay had heaps of resources to make my trip easier. Noa, the mum of the family, is a good cook. And you can buy anything else you need in town - especially fresh fruit and vegetables. The only thing I would have loved is a hot shower!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Sep 14, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I loved volunteering in Fiji through projects abroad.
The support staff were excellent in answering all of my questions very quickly via email before I left for my trip. Once applying and being accepted I got a personal trip adviser who was very informative and helpful. He walked me through each step of the way until I got off the plane in Fiji.
Once landed I was escorted to the bus by a projects abroad staff member who was wearing a projects abroad T-Shirt so they were easily recognizable. Projects abroad paid for my bus ticket and told me exactly where to get off. This project is very popular so there are volunteers constantly coming and going to the airport so the bus driver knows the staff well and knows where the volunteers need to get off and he makes sure you get off where you need to.
From the bus stop at Arts Village, Pacific Harbor I was picked up by one of the staff members that works at the project and the ride was just a few minutes to the volunteer apartments.
The apartments were new, modern and clean. I was greeted by the cleaning staff and the chef. Yes, we had our own personal chef who has a list of everyone's names and food allergies and dietary restrictions. They are very accommodating to everyone's needs.
From there I was given an orientation and shown around the local area to the different shops, supermarket, doctors office, etc. The volunteer apartment is just a short walk from anything you might need. Also just a 5 minute walk to the beach!
Projects abroad really took care of me out there. They answered all of my questions and I really felt like I was in good hands.
I was there for shark conservation and the dive instructors were excellent and very knowledgeable on all accounts. I would definitely go again and recommend this project to anyone who wants to make a difference in marine conservation.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Sep 6, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

ACCOMIDATION

Very good, any issues/problems I had with the homestay were dealt with professionally. Sarah was a great help in supporting everyone with any queries. Location was great, could walk to work (if the sun wasn't trying to melt me that day) and was even walking distance to the city centre - but again i'm lazy and relied on Taxis. Kava Ceremonies at the homestay made the place very special, and the family was wonderful. Really appreciated the cold shower. Bring extra money for your own meals though, breakfast is very basic - toast. Dinner is interesting, a bit different but any future volunteers should push themself to try it all! Nothing ever tasted bad and even meat eaters were asked if they wanted seafood or not which was greatly appreciated - i feared id be eating fish with heads the whole time i was here but it was largely vegetarian meals.

WORK
I worked with Cover Story Ltd writing for Mai Life magazine and Fiji Time magazine. The organisation is a little all over the place, but you get used to it and settle into fiji time - aka, slow paced life. The opportunities they do give you are amazing, so glad to have worked with them. I've built a lot of confidence having to do so many interviews.

SUPPORT
10++ for this one, Sarah kept an eye on any illness or injury i had, from the tiniest little scrape to a suspected case of strep throat. My health seemed so important here and had a high priority as did my safety.

OVERALL

Amazing experience. So much free time and flexibility for you to go and explore the island of fiji. You learn so much about the culture here, especially as a journalism volunteer. I'd recommend it to all, just be prepared for a difference in setting as it is a low-income nation. This was my first ever time in a low-income (developing) country and it has really opened my eyes but in a positive way.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 31, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Involvement Volunteers International

My time in Fiji was an absolute blast, and something that I will always cherish and remember! Taking part in the road trip was a fantastic program as I got to experience a lot; living like the locals in different villages, volunteering, going on adventures with new friends on the weekends, playing rugby, hanging with the locals and drinking kava, and soo much more!

Having the opportunity to experience true Fijian culture by living in the villages with several families was something that I will never forget. It is such a rare experience, and I recommend anyone travelling to Fiji to take on this opportunity. The Chief and family were very welcoming and friendly and took great care of me. Seeing such a community way of life was really great to see, with everyone getting along and taking care of one another, the kids playing outside running amuck or exploring the beaches – you just had to join in!

Being able to take part and lead kids club in Suva and helping out at a school in Levuka was just an amazing and humbling experience for me. Seeing the kid’s smiles and just how happy and grateful they are for what they have is definitely eye-opening. I have learnt so much personally, that has changed the way I think and see life. Back home we have so many great opportunities and material goods that we simply just take for granted. Whereas they are over the moon to simply go to school and have a pencil and book to write in.

A big Vinaka vakelevu to IVI, and everyone I met in Fiji whether locals or other volunteers for making my time and stay in Fiji a definite one to remember. I had an amazing trip and I will definitely be back to see my friends and “family” in the villages.

Georgia Lang (Australia)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

Volunteering for Projects Abroad - Fiji Shark Conservation was one of the best decisions of my life. As a student studying Bachelor of Environmental Science & Management (Marine Major), I found the project perfect for what I was after. It was a real conservation project ACTIVELY doing conservation and making a real difference in the local community at the same time.

From the very start, as soon as I submitted my volunteer application there was a strong support network of people, contacting me to help me understand everything I had to do and guide me in my next step. The service was incredible with their calls and emails based around my hectic work schedule with Chelsea (my supervisor) being warm, helpful and understanding the entire way through. This was continued all the way until I got off the bus at my accomodation where a staff member was there to pick us up and show us around!

The project has so many different areas of focus that everyone can find a niche that they love. IT is suited for everyone - people that are still in high school and don't know a a lot about the ocean, all the way up to university students and adults looking to gain some valuable experience.

I am so grateful for projects abroad as it has given me experiences and skills that I can take with me into the workplace. I cannot wait to go back and do it again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I participated in the Projects Abroad Fiji Shark Conservation project during the summer of 2017. The experience is better then I can even put into words.
From the moment you send in your application the support staff in your country and project advisor are there to help you. They are quick to answer any questions you have and to calm any nervousness you may feel. As your departure date and project start date draws closer your advisor calls you a few times to reiterate important details regarding travels and visas and checks in to go over any last minute questions you may have. I thought this was so above and beyond and so helpful.
The shark conservation project has unique accommodation in that all of the volunteers live together in complex called Ventura apartments. I loved this aspect of the project because I made all of the volunteers extremely close and created long lasting friendships. Essentially, the lower level consists of four apartments with two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen in each apartment (though no one uses the kitchen because the cooks make amazing meals!). The apartment can hold up to eight volunteers (though capacity is dependent of the season and amount of volunteers on the project at that time). The upper level of Ventura has the kitchen, computer lab, and common area where volunteers gather, eat, and where a lot of work gets done. Next door on the upper level is the staff offices and staff bedrooms. It is great to have staff on site at all times in case you need them.
The volunteers on the project are nothing short of incredible. Everyone has a common love sharks and a passion for helping them. Because of this, the teamwork is fantastic and everyone is motivated to work their hardest at all times. The volunteers come from all over the world, and it’s so cool to have such a melting pot of cultures together in one group. During my time on the project, we had volunteers range in age from fifteen to sixty-four years old and come from counties like The United States, Netherlands, Germany, England, Scotland, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Chile, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, and so many more. And the best part was everyone was so welcoming and friendly to one another.
The work on the project is fun, education, and effective, and there is no “typical day”. As a research assistant volunteer you go on survey dives to collect data on indicator fish species, sharks, rays, and turtles, you watch BRUV’s, create presentations, input data into the system, tag sharks, collect and plant mangroves, survey the community, and so much more. And I could never forget Kava on Thursday nights. This is one of the most fun things on the project as it a traditional Fijian drink and social activity. It is great to have all of the volunteers and staff in one room drinking Kava and having a chat.
There really are so many amazing things to say about the Projects Abroad Fiji Shark Conservation project. I could go on for hours talking about every amazing detail of the project. I’ll just put it this way, if your looking at this signing onto this project, just go for it, I promise you won’t regret it. In fact, when it’s time for you to head home you’ll wish you had signed on for longer.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 15, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

This past May I was given the amazing opportunity to volunteer in Fiji. I was placed in a care project at a kindergarten school in Lautoka, Fiji. My job at this project was to assist the teachers in teaching the students the alphabet, numbers, and English. The students were adorable and excited to learn! The teachers were so kind and welcomed me with open arms. There were also other volunteers at the school. Having other people working with you that are new to the situation just like you makes you feel very comfortable. These people also become your best friends while on this trip! To this day I still talk to my friends that I made while on my trip.
While I was there I was placed with a host family. The family I was placed with were the nicest people I have ever met! They welcomed me with open arms and treated me like one of their own. It was hard for me to leave because it felt like I was leaving my own family all over again.
Fiji is a beautiful country with wonderful people. During the week I saw the country through the eyes of a local and on the weekends I saw it through the eyes of a tourist. It was an experience of a lifetime, and I would do it again in a heart beat!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 13, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Involvement Volunteers International

Now that my volunteering program has ended, I find myself nine weeks later, with a dizzying array of thoughts running through my head – foremost, did I actually help?

Sarah, a friend and fellow volunteer I met during my experience in Fiji, recently wrote a fantastic blog post on her website, Enrichmentality (please go check it out!), discussing questions all volunteers really should ask themselves, prior to and during their service.

How can I help? Why I am I doing this? Am I really helping?

In truth, my past two months involved a variety of situations – from enriching, memorable, and deeply moving to just plain unpleasant. I’ll admit, there were moments I weeped for the pleasant chill of an air conditioner, consistent internet access, hot showers, and many other mundane first-world luxuries I’d taken for granted. There were numerous occasions I had to question my own integrity; times I had to let go of all conceit and give selflessly; other times I had to walk away from a despairing circumstance, escorted by the pain realising there was nothing I could do.

Did I help? Am I at all a better person than I was nine weeks ago?

Did I develop more contempt for the ants scurrying across the table than integrity for others, simply based on my longing for the world I came from?

I like to think my head’s in a significantly healthier place now than it was before travelling here, but this experience wasn’t entirely about me.

Elisabeth (USA)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 5, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

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