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

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

Global Vision International (GVI)

I volunteered in Fiji for 2 months this past summer and had the greatest time of my life. I worked for 6 weeks volunteering in local villages and schools building rain harvesting tanks and other projects and spent the last 2 weeks of my trip teaching class 6 at the Ratu Meli boarding school on Nacula island. For starters the Yasawan islands are, in my opinion, the most beautiful place to spend the summer and the local fijians are very cool and extremely hospitable. The most shocking thing to me was how ridiculously friendly all the locals were, they didnt hesitate to invite you into their house to have some tea and cake and we consumed a lot of both while there. While on the construction crew I got to hang out with a lot of people form several different villages across the Yasawas and couldn't get enough of the place. It was mind boggling how each place was more beautiful than the last one. I lived with 25 other volunteers and staff members in very basic dorm accommodations with cold showers and electricity only 3 hours a day. That may sound like it's pretty rough but it was actually pretty nice the cold shower was a great way to cool off after hauling sand, concrete, and gravel to the work site all day. We worked form about 8 in the morning to about 4 in the afternoon which gave us weekends and afternoons off to enjoy the island life and hang out. Without a doubt it was the best trip I have ever taken and hope to do many more with GVI form now on.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Nov 17, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

I did the Fiji Childcare programme for 6 weeks with GVI. It was honestly the most rewarding, amazing experience i've ever had, and i have completely fallen in love with Fiji, and hope to be going back next year. GVI where amazing while the whole time, which made living in extremely basic conditions bearable, and even fun (although i actually enjoyed how basic our living conditions were, but i think for some people you might need to mentally prepare for that!). The staff members were in control the whole time, yet managed to create a balance between being professional and being extremely lovely and approachable.

As it was my first ever time away from home (and i had chosen the furthest possible place away from home) i was pretty nervous about going on the project, but as soon as we got to the island i would be living on, and met the staff members, i felt safe and happy instantly. When you arrived in fiji, you get to Nadi which is on the mainland, and you have to stay at accommodation that you arrange yourself, and then meet at the arranged meeting point at 6 am on the day your project begins. This was handled very well, and help is available from GVI if you need advice on where to stay and what will happen. We were met promptly by a staff member and introduced to fellow volunteers, and then got on the ferry to take us to the Yasawa Island. Nanuya Lai Lai, the island we lived on, is 5 hours away by ferry from the mainland. Once you get there, you have a base tour and decide which bunk you will sleep in. We live in dorms, there are currently 2 dorms, a 3rd is being built, and there are roughly 12 in each dorm. You have cold showers, as all the running water is pumped by a generator (which also pumps electricity for about 3 hours each day, yep thats right, only 3 hours of electricity a day, and its only available in the common area- no hairstraighteners or electric razors!) We also live among a local village, and you get to know some of the villagers and their children very well. They are lovely, generous people, and it was nice feeling part of their community.

We also cooked in cooking teams, once a week, breakfast and dinner, and sometimes lunch. The food supply is very basic, meat is basically off the menu completely, and we mainly lived on rice and pasta. Vegetables were around but mainly in the form of canned beans, however for at least 3 days of the week we would have lettuce and tomatoes for salad. However their is also a lady called Lowe, who owns a tea house about 10 minutes down the beach from Tovutu Base (the name of where we live) and she sells cake, fizzy drinks, crisps and bear-(alcohol is also available to be bought on base). She also sells sea shells on the sea shore...

We work 5 days a week. We leave base at 8 am (depending on the boat drivers- 'fiji time' is slow and something you will become used to) get to school at about quarter past 8 in time for assembly at half past, and then begin your ay of teaching. You will often have the fijian teacher leading the class, however sometimes they aren't around so you will have to take over. We are expected to plan lessons for music, arts and crafts and sports, which is good fun because the kids absolutely love doing it. You can either be attached to one class the whole time you are there, or you can to one to ones where you have a select number of students that you take out of classes throughout the day to focus on where they are suffering. We finish at 3.30 and go back to base to plan lessons and chill out with other volunteers- (marine conservation and construction live with us!)

The weekends are free to do diving or hiking across the island or going to a resort nearby or just sunbathing. There are always some sort of drinking sesh going on in the evenings- if someone has a birthday there is normally quite a good party. We had an Olympics party while i was there which was great fun.

The only negative things i have to say about my time there is that i did not bring enough money- it is suggested the 100 fiji dollars a week is sufficient. Following this advice, i found myself coming short and had to sacrifice going to some awesome sights in fiji to save money! I would take 200 fiji dollars a week, or more if possible. Its such a beautiful place, you might as well make the most of it and see all you can!

PS- As for the support being a bit lower than the overall- this is only because the people who work in the offices are often un informed about each project, and therefore give unhelpful advice. It is always best in my experience to ask for direct contact on the course. By doing this i was able to speak to someone in fiji about a few problems.

As for the value of the course- if you are complaining that its FOR PROFIT then you only have yourself to blame for misleading yourself into thinking it wasn't. They never say that they are, and you can actually request a transparent PDF breakdown of where all the money goes. It is very reasonable, takes slightly less than other large companies, and uses it more efficiently. It is a for profit organisation that provides sustainable volunteering, unlike many other large organisations.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Nov 6, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
10

Comments

Hi I am planning to apply and go to Fiji this summer. I am vegetarian so thank you so much for noting about what you ate. The positive news makes me more and more excited to go! and what you said about money was also very helpful! Is there anything else you might say to someone planning on going? My course will be different from yours i doubt i will be doing much teaching because I'm doing a different programs because i'm 15. If you have any advice about what to bring or expect or just more about your experience i would love to hear it all! Thank you so much!

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