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.

Projects Abroad

I had never traveled abroad before in my life, but this summer I decided to volunteer through Projects Abroad in Fiji. I had the opportunity to work at a school for special needs students while I was there for one month. The experience was absolutely amazing, the best experience of my life! Projects Abroad was also an amazing organization to work through. They are extremely supportive from the very first time you express interest in volunteering abroad. I wasn't positive where I wanted to go, but after talking multiple times with one of the Projects Abroad staff members via email I decided on Fiji. She was very honest about the advantages and disadvantages of each place. I decided on Fiji because the majority of the population speaks English. When I arrived in Fiji one of the staff members picked me up from the airport, brought me and introduced me to the host family I was living with, and then took me around the town to orient me to where I was living. The next day a staff member took me to my volunteer placement at the school and helped assist me in determining what I would do at the school and what my schedule would be. It was extremely helpful to have this to get started and oriented. The rest of the trip you are on your own, but the office is always close to your home location and you can stop by anytime. The staff members in the office gave me their personal cell phones and assured me to not hesitate to call at ANY time. This was also very reassuring. Every week the staff will put on a workshop for all the volunteers at the office so that all the volunteers can get together and learn about some things that would be helpful to use in our volunteer placements. We also had a social one night every week where all the volunteers go out for dinner together. It is not required that you do this, if you wanted to stay by yourself the whole trip you could, but I did not. My favorite times were getting together with all the other volunteers and getting to know such a diverse crowd. We worked monday through friday, although my placement was very lenient and would allow us days off if we wanted, and then we had the weekends off to do whatever we pleased. I would typically travel with other volunteers. My host family was awesome, I absolutely loved them. I had a host dad, mom, and brother who I am still in communication with via Facebook. One other volunteer also lived in the same home as I did and traveled to the same school with me. I would definitely recommend Projects Abroad, especially for the first time volunteering abroad, they are very good and quick about orienting you and helping you fit right in to the culture. The only thing I didn't like about projects abroad was the price. It was a very expensive trip and a large portion of the money went to the Projects Abroad organization itself. My host family did not get paid as much as I expected, especially considering they provided us with all of our meals, laundry, and living. Its a good organization to support, the money is helping the organization expand across the world, but it was overall a pretty expensive trip. But if I had the opportunity to do it again I would in a heartbeat!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Sep 2, 2013
Overall:
6
Support:
8
Value:
3

Global Vision International (GVI)

I have never left my home country before,I wanted an adventure and to help someone and try to make a difference in the world.

I did some research and found GVI was the company that would be the support and environment that I wanted to be apart of.

I have a history in child care so I had an idea of some different ways to help these children learn and further develop their understanding and knowledge of the English language. I was lucky enough to not have a huge language barrier the children were able to communicate with me.

This experience has opened my mind to the differences we can make in the work. I was only there for 2 weeks and I felt I helped one child in particular and gave him the confidence boost he needed to keep learning.

GVI all the way, I would 100% recommend this program for any first timers or even experienced volunteers

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 7, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I am living with an amazing Fijian family where the mother of the house insists on being called “Mumu”. Mumu is always cheerful – laughing constantly. This not just my Fijian family but all Fijians who are willing to take as much time out of their day to help you out, no matter what you need. I never go hungry, with plenty of tasty food to eat for breakfast, lunch and supper.

The volunteer teachers are making great progress with their classes and have found that they are not only teaching but being taught by the children with their enthusiasm to learn and for sharing their culture that they are so proud of.

The sport coaches broke boundaries and gave an entire primary school of girls their first EVER opportunity to play and compete in football. The resounding response of interest from the girls has meant that the volunteers are able to put a proposal together to open up a holiday football club in August.

The medical Volunteers have recently completed their health screening of Suva and are currently investigating the results. These results will then be prepared to be presented to the ministry of health.

With over 10 articles and numerous number of photos published with their name by-lined the journalist have report on all manner of subjects ranging from activity at the American embassy, court cases, new education policy and natural disasters.

In order to support the fantastic work that is currently being done, please do consider volunteering in Fiji.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jul 16, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Thanks for your review, it's much appreciated.

Global Vision International (GVI)

Last sumer I spent a month in Fiji with GVI on their Community Development Program. This was one of the best experiences I've ever had. The people were all amazing, the staff, the locals, the other volunteers. The staff made it very easy to get there and settle in and made sure I knew what I was doing at each part of the program. For me the highlight was teaching at the local school, you can really see it makes a difference to the children out there and they want to learn which makes it even better. On top of all that, the time off was incredible too, at weekends we were allowed to explore Fiji which is the most amazing lace I've ever been. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who wants to volunteer abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jul 15, 2013
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Frontier

The journalism project is amazing! Your articles really do get published in the newspaper. The home stays are so great and really welcome you into their family. They are the best part of Fiji. Beware of the enormous cockroaches. They are huge. But besides the bugs, everything else is great. And the volunteer coordinator is extremely helpful. I would deff recommend Fiji to all!

Program: TEFL
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jul 10, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
6

Frontier

I'm currently doing my QTS PE degree and I've learnt more in the last week teaching and sports coaching in Fiji than the last two years put together. The children in Fiji and so enthusiastic to learn and appreciate every moment of their education. It's been an incredible experience and I'm so happy I've still got 3 weeks left. I was drawn to frontier by the friendly helpful staff at the London headquarters which has continued in Fiji. Everything has been done in a relaxed, no pressure environment which has been very reassuring for many people on all different projects. It's great with Frontier that you get to meet and live with the local people who fully welcome you into their family's and home's. You start to learn the culture and pick up the language after just one day and feel fully at home by the end of the first week. It's also reassuring to be living and staying with other volunteers from different projects. You get the chance to make friends with people from all over the world who all have the same interests as you. Overall I have loved my time with Frontier so far and I can't wait for the next 3 weeks.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jul 9, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Bula.I’ve really fallen in love with Fiji. At first I was a bit shocked by the heat, but you soon learn to stick to the shade and keep cool. The kids I’ve been teaching are really friendly and I feel that the teaching I’ve done while I’ve been out here has really had a positive effect on them. Fiji is a unique place - there’s a mix of natural beauty and extreme poverty, but all the Fijians I’ve met have been genuinely friendly, helpful and welcoming. If I had any advice for someone thinking of coming to Fiji with Frontier, it would be to prepare for the heat (sun hat, sun block, money for cold drinks!) and to come with an open mind, but mainly – do it! It’s been an amazing and fulfilling experience.

Program: TEFL
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jul 6, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I always worried that I would struggle with camp life as I’ve never travelled before however I've been impressed with how easy it has been to settle in to camp life. Everybody is welcoming and will always go the extra mile to help you with a problem. The basic food was a worry of mine and again I've been impressed with quality in which the basic food is made tasteful. I am now a expert in beans and rice.

The project itself was the most beneficial for me as I was always keen on the marine environment but was not able to dive, so to find a dive package was great. The day’s schedules are very reasonable and allow you to get the most out of your project, with a lot of free time also where you can do your own thing and relax.

Overall I've been very happy with what I have bought with my money and would highly recommend it.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jul 2, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Thanks for the review, George. Glad you had a great time.

Global Vision International (GVI)

The two weeks I spent in Fiji was a life-altering, unforgettable experience. Daniel Lund, the country manager was warm from the moment we met him. Thom Turpin-Jelps, the construction project manager had such a great balance of sound training and patient instruction with a great sense of humor and charisma. Our base manager, Tamu Bending was very attentive and observant and always made everyone feel included.

I fondly remember waking up in the morning and preparing for the boat ride to work and afternoons in that grueling sun working on projects. Then there was base life; my wonderful cooking team, leisure time in the common area and play time with the kids (they never seemed to understand when I explained that climbing in trees and atop buildings was outside of the rules!)

I learned how to use a variety of tools, install guttering, mix concrete, build a base, drive a boat (with some help, of course), navigate at night by light of a flashlight, cook with limited foods (world-famous chefs would be envious of our creations with corned beef), adjust to long bouts of quiet, immerse myself into a new group of people, experience homesickness in a new and very unfamiliar environment, and I loved it. I am certain I could fill a series of notebooks with lessons learned and favorite memories from my very brief stint in Fiji, but the experience changed my life and I have the staff, fellow volunteers, and my Fijian family to thank for it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jan 21, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

My time with GVI was fantastic. I had originally planned to do the conservation project for 2 months, but towards the end of this time I wasn’t ready to leave. I asked to extend for another month, and was delighted when the staff informed me that I could stay! When I first arrived I wasn’t able to dive, the instructor at our base took me from complete novice to an advanced open water diver in 5 days! During the first few weeks we would go out diving at least 3 times a day learning what we would be surveying and the surveying methods. We progressed onto surveying the fish, corals and benthic species as well as teaching the new volunteers that came to base what to look out for. Helping to set up marine protected areas and to see how much this meant to the Fijians that we were working with has really inspired me to go back. The staff on base were amazing and welcoming, if you had any problems they would instantly try and help you out. Makiing friends with them, the other volunteers and the Fijians from the local community and nearby resort will be something I will remember forever. I hope to return at some point and do the Dive Master Internship, which a number of my friends are doing at the moment.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jan 12, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

Hi, I'm considering doing the Fiji Dolphin volunteer project. I was wondering if there was ever a problem with a language barrier. I only speak English but really want to volunteer in another country! Best, Michelle

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