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

The first few days of camp were about meeting the people who ran the camp everyone was very welcoming we played lots of games before starting on our conservation project.

I most enjoy the conservation work it was really good it was such incredible experience everybody was very friendly and welcoming. I believe the project could be improved by providing more funding towards the research of conservation, the equipment that is used and towards the local government in the country

I recommend that future volunteers google camping and learn more about camping before they come out on the project also make sure you bring lots of sun cream and a quick drying towel.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Fiji
Posted: Apr 6, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Enjoyed the project and felt especially welcomed by the staff. I learnt a lot from them and thoroughly enjoyed their company. A brilliant team made an amazing experience. Diving sites were the best I have visited and saw some of the most amazing sights of my life. I won't forget this unbelievable experience.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Apr 6, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

At the end of 2015 I was given the amazing opportunity to travel to Natalau Village in Fiji, and stay with a local host family as part of the care and community high school project. As soon as I arrived at the airport, one of the Projects Abroad staff from my project met me and took me to Natalau village where I was introduced to my host family. My host family where incredibly welcoming and made sure I had everything I needed. This, combined with the constant support provided by the Projects Abroad staff helped me settle into my new environment extremely quickly.
Throughout my placement I was able to participate in amazing activities including running a holiday school for the local children, painting houses in the village, visiting the mud pools, and taking multiple group trips to Nadi. Even with all of the incredible things I was able to do, my favourite part of my placement has to be the time spent with my host family and the village children. Throughout the whole project I was able to immerse myself in the local culture. The Fijian staff employed by Projects Abroad know a lot about the area and people, and knew exactly how to best show us Fiji's amazing culture.
Overall, this trip has provided me with the best experience of my life. The staff at Projects Abroad truly cared about me and made sure I was enjoying myself throughout my two week placement. They made sure we were involved in the local community, but also gave us plenty of time to rest and unwind at the end of each day. I would definitely recommend this project to anyone willing to leave their comfort zone and give back to those in need.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Feb 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Fiji! Thank you for sharing your experience. We also believe that the support provided by our local staff, combined with our welcoming host families, is essential for a good volunteering abroad experience. Thank you all your help with our children in Nadi, hope to see you again soon!

Frontier

Overall the experience was amazing - great to learn from the science officer about the science aspect of the project, and the dive officers were awesome too. Learnt loads while here and am planning already to continue my marine conservation career and education.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jan 23, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Bula Bula Vinaka! My journey to Fiji started off with a 25 minute rickety old 10 seater propeller powered plane journey over a small section of the beautiful reef covered Pacific Ocean. As the plane was only about 3000ft into the sky the view was stunning over the clear blue ocean. Once I landed I had another 1 hour very wet but very fun boat ride to the camp site of Frontier's Fiji Marine Conservation and Diving project, tucked away on a hill in the Fijian rain forest. It was my week off to visit the new camp site, get some feedback from the RA's and staff on their new experience, and have a bit of time off from my busy schedule back in Suva - the capital city where I manage 4 voluntary community projects as part of the Frontier Fiji experience. The week I was there flew by, but I squeezed in a lot. If I were to write my day to day schedule we would be here forever so here is a quick overview of one of the most incredible weeks I have ever experienced; trekking through the rain forest on the hunt for coconuts and land crabs, sleeping in a bamboo hut, drinking too much Kava with the islanders, snorkeling and diving with reef sharks manta rays puffer fish sea cucumber and turtles, eating paw paws and giant avocado's, a bonfire on the beach, rum on the beach, bread making - and eating, sunsets from the wharf, an abundance of coconuts milk, visiting church eating a Fijian feast and generally chilling with the local village islanders who are so wonderfully kind and hospitable. The best thing about this project is the new location. Volunteers get to dive and research into unknown territory and get to stamp their own mark on the area. The first phase of volunteers to provide survey results for this area have already discovered some 'sweet' dive sites, taking it upon themselves to creative some quirky names for a few of them already. I myself, already being a member of staff, mostly enjoyed visiting the local village and generally hanging out with the islanders. I have done a fair amount of travelling/living/working in developing countries over the last 4 years and I can honestly say that Fijians have the most amazing community spirit, the biggest of smiles and are the most hospitable people I have ever met. I fully recommend a visit to Fiji, and I highly recommend signing up to one of the Frontier Fiji voluntary projects for an unforgettable inspiring coconut fueled gap year experience. If you choose to live on an island for 10 weeks I would suggest taking a large supply of food spices, vitamin supplements, peanut butter, tea bags and never forgetting sun cream! I can't wait for another visit later in the year to see how things have progressed!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Fiji
Posted: Sep 1, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Summer 2016 I had the opportunity to go on the shark conservation project based in Fiji. From the beginning, I felt welcomed and adapted to being out of the states with ease because all of the volunteers were so welcoming including the staff. The staff members were especially great and very supportive if a volunteer encountered a problem or needed help. In addition, if a volunteer ever felt as though they didn't have a sufficient amount of workload the staff would always be willing to allow the volunteers to become more involved with extra work and more responsibility. The project enabled me to step out of my comfort zone and meet many new people from all around the world and even from places near my home. For the volunteers that live near me, I am still friends with them and plan to continue my PADI certifications with them. To be completely honest, this project was my first time traveling independently overseas which can be daunting but there was never a time where I was unhappy with the project. What's not to love about diving every week, fascinating workshops, AWARE shark course, and local village visits? I forgot to mention the incredible shark dives with sometimes fifty or more bull sharks. I recommend this project because it has been an amazing experience for me personally in respect to making new friends, going on survey dives, learning new information from the workshops, and much more.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jul 28, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Our Shark Conservation Project in Fiji is certainly a one of a kind program and we are glad you were able to join us in it! An important aspect of the volunteering abroad experience is the friends you make who share the same interest of helping out the planet, so it's great that you are planning on keeping in touch with them! Thank you for trusting Projects Abroad, come back anytime :)

Frontier

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Frontier. It has been fun and challenging working on the projects here in such a beautiful country.

I recommend these projects for the amount of personal growth i have had over these months, and for the friends i have made. The Homestay family are incredibly welcoming and make life so much easier when away from home.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Fiji
Posted: May 15, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
8

Frontier

With a great location and fantastic people, frontier Fiji marine is truly one of the best things you can do. the diving is second to none, Fiji is well deserved to be called the soft coral capitol of the world and not just soft corals, there's all sorts of marine life from sharks and turtles to lobsters, crabs and rays and of course a plethora of fish! With a strong scientific base you feel like you are giving back to the community and of course those communities welcome you with open arms. if you want to make friends and memories that will last a life time then definitely come to frontier Fiji!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: May 15, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Frontier had provide me the opportunity to see the world while gathering work experience as a marine scientist. My experience so far had been priceless. I met and learnt to work with people from various backgrounds (both other volunteers and locals). The work is constantly challenging and allows me to grow both as a leader and a scientist.

Not to mention that I work in one of the most beautiful place on earth. I woke up in the morning to the view of dense rain forest. The diving was also divine. You can see anything starting from small beautiful nudibranch to 1.5 m white tip reef shark.

There's also the feeling of accomplishment that you have done something good for the environment and the community as we develop and established conservation projects with the team. This is definitely one of the experiences that will shape who I am in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: May 15, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I was 20 years older than any of the older volunteers, but that made no difference. I felt that i was part of the team from day one. I did so much great stuff and enjoyed every moment of my time in Fiji. I was doing the marine conservation course where they taught me to dive, then whisked off to live a simple and rough life for 3 weeks on Beqa island. It was stunningly beautiful. I got to do a shark dive, shark tagging and got to stay on what is one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed.
I could have easily stayed much much longer.
The team who ran the project I can not praise enough. Ollie the divemaster was running the whole project himself for the first couple of weeks and it was just the best laugh. Lots and lots of diving and lots of joking about.
You must take a sense of humour with you and the conditions are very basic, but that just ment the bond I made with my fellow volunteers was so much deeper.
I have spoken to other people on similar projects and I know they didnt have the fun we had.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Dec 10, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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