Fiji

Volunteer in Fiji

Fiji is our premier destination and with 27 years supporting global volunteering, we have loads of opportunities. From conscious travelers to students, graduates and professionals, enjoy the warm Fijian hospitality and live like a local with amazing 24/7 local care and support through our dedicated IVI Fiji Country Management.

Why IVI Fiji

  • Non Profit Org – 27 Years of Experience
  • Quality & Flexible Programs Starting Year Round
  • Meaningful Projects – Genuine Needs Low Program Fees
  • 1 Application Fee – Multiple Countries/Placements!
  • Nadi, Lautoka, Suva & Island Locations
  • Home stays or Volunteer Center Options


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“The Remote Island Teaching program was exactly what I expected. I got to experience genuine village life, away from all the luxuries back here. I definitely enjoyed the daily view of the beach at school! The host family were so accommodating, the teachers were so friendly and the children were absolutely adorable! I wouldn’t change anything and I would recommend this to any friends interested in volunteering!”

Margherita (Australia) 2015

About Fiji

Fiji is an archipelago of 330 tropical islands. Fiji is one of the most developed Pacific Island economies however, a chronic lack in investment and under-employment pose obstacles to sustainable and equitable economic growth in Fiji.

More than 250,000 people in the Fiji islands live in poverty and many more Fijians live on or just above the poverty line. Efficient delivery in health care, in education, in work opportunities and other social services are incredibly difficult in Fiji.

A great disparity exists between the working class communities of Fiji and the multi-national owned tourism resorts which represent approx 25% of Fiji’s Gross domestic product. Sadly, much of the wealth generated from this sector does not filter down to the local communities.

IVI have a well established program in Fiji build by local Fijian’s with in depth understanding of the local needs. We have a have a variety of skilled and non skilled volunteering options for anyone seeking to live like a local far away from the trendy monotonous tourist resorts.

Location of Volunteer Programs

Our home stay placements are mainly located in Lautoka and Nadi with some placements in Suva. You will be spending time in the working class areas where the genuine needs exist. We also offer unique remote island village experiences for those looking for a more raw experience.

Our Standard placements are located near Suva in a town called Nausori. Suva, the largest city in Fiji is located in the southeast coast of the island of Viti Levu and is a harbor city built on a peninsula reaching out into the sea.

Our Specialty placements are located in Levuka, a small coastal town located on the island of Ovalau. Levuka, a town on the eastern coast of the Fijian island of Ovalau is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage. Ovalau Island is a lush tropical volcanic island of about 100 square kilometers surrounded by large coral reefs.

Accommodation & Meals

We have a dedicated and experienced team on the ground and a large network of host families and ground operators in various parts of the country.

Accommodation and Meals are included for the duration of your volunteer program. 3 meals a day on weekdays and 2 meals a day on weekends will be provided for the duration of your placement. Food will be mainly western style cuisine with a Fijian and Indian influence.

IVI’s Fiji Placements are broken into 2 types being Home Stays or Volunteer Houses.

Home Stays

 Enjoy living like a Fiji local. You’ll have your own single or twin share room within private, clean and safe western style homes. You will have a place to store your personal belongings, a private bathroom and toilet (where possible – not all placements include this), a fan and single mattress or double/queen if sharing with your partner. Some home stays have self contained flats separate from the main residence. You can choose this option if desired. Internet is usually not included with most volunteers purchasing a temporary 3G plan for their own device.

Breakfast – Wheatbix, cornflakes, bread, butter etc, tea, coffee, milo. Volunteers can make their own eggs should they wish.
Lunch – Volunteers to prepare their own sandwich. Tuna, cold meat, salad, eggs. Some prefer to take left over dinner from the night before for lunch.
Dinner – Cooked meal (eg. stews, soups, curries, fish, roast vegetables, taro, sweet potato, bread, rice etc.

Volunteer Centers

 Accommodation will vary depending on the project, but will be in the form of shared bedrooms 3-6 persons at a dedicated volunteer center (see pictures right). Living with other volunteers in a dormitory-style house is heaps of fun and a great way to meet like minded travelers. The volunteer houses are in close proximity to a basic supermarkets, ATM, fresh fruit and vegetable stands, petrol stations and bus stop.

The houses can accommodate up to 20 volunteers at a time. The bathrooms are shared with western style toilets and hot showers. The accommodation is equipped with free Wi-Fi which volunteers are able to use. For couples or those wanting more privacy, private rooms in the volunteer house are available for an additional US$100 per week, subject to availability.

Meals are served at the volunteer house 3 times per day during the week; breakfast and dinner only are served during the weekends. Bottled water is readily available in Fiji and volunteers should budget approximately US$4 per day. There is also filtered water available.

 

24/7 Program Support

Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our dedicated IVI Fiji Managers, local ground operators and host families. They will provide you with competent assistance and in depth knowledge about Fiji. There goal is to ensure you’ve had an unforgettable experience. We will also provide you with a 24 hour emergency telephone number so that you can always reach a member of our ground operator team in the event of an emergency.

Orientation

The Fijian people have a strong sense of their own culture and customs and highly developed sense of honor. The locals are generally very friendly and welcoming. Within Fijian villages, tribal alliances are still intact and money does not play a significant role in their daily lives. Visitors are not always accustomed to the slow work pace (they call it “Fiji time”). Do not worry too much about this, just go with the flow!

The Home Stay placements involve a simple yet effective orientation which includes a basic tour of the area and an overview of the project including any necessary permits, paperwork and logistics. In most cases you will have 1 to 2 days to ease your way into the culture and settle into your new surrounds before commencing in your designated program.

The Volunteer Center placements involve a 1 week introduction to get you familiar with the Fijian culture. Orientation is hosted at the office in Suva. It begins on the first Monday morning of your volunteer program and lasts for 5 days. This includes an Introduction to Fiji, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Introduction to Project and Placement. Please note, this week is included in your total duration on the program. Art classes and other local activities are also included.

Transportation

For home stay placements, arrival and departure airport transfers are included in the cost of your volunteer program for a pick-up from Nadi to the Nadi / Lautoka areas. Transportation to/from your home stay to the placement each day is generally your responsibility, however your home stay family will assist you and ensure you receive local rates for any costs involved. We’ll place you as close as possible to the placement to limit daily travel times. Expect between 5-30 min each way for a small local transport fee (approx $2 p/day).

For volunteer center placements, an arrival airport transfer from Nadi to Suva is included for pick-ups on Saturday and Sundays only. If arriving on other days, you’ll need to make your own way to the placement. If arriving on the Saturday, you’ll need to book an extra nights accommodation in advance at a cost of US$50 p/night including meals. Travel time by bus between Nadi and Suva is approx 3-4 hours. Local travel to the projects and other sites will be by public transport. For Ovalau Island placements, return ferry transport between the mainland and Ovalau is included in the cost of your program.

Requirements & Expectations

You are welcome to come with a group, with a friend, with family or own your own. If you are coming on your own don’t worry you will meet plenty of like minded volunteers. IVI sends approx 20-50 volunteers to Fiji each month! Generally, volunteers must be 18 years of age, however we can cater to as young as 16 years old depending on the application There is no upper age limit. Volunteering is becoming increasingly popular with many mature guests, some of retirement age looking to give back to developing communities.

Our programs are designed for proactive individuals with a mindset of supporting the less fortunate. The more you put in, the more you will get out. A high degree of patience and understanding is also necessary as it’s likely that conditions will be very different to your home country. Fijian’s are known for being very laid back!

It is important for the volunteers to realise that due to the nature of the Fijian culture (and developing country), things change very quickly and without much notice. Because of this it is very important for volunteers to be flexible and adaptable to their schedule.

Weekends & Extra Tours

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency.

Volunteers based in Nadi & Lautoka can choose from a wide variety of options with Nadi being the main tourist hub for Fiji and the Fijian Islands.

Volunteers based in Suva can spend the weekends exploring Suva, visiting Colo-I-Suva or Mosquito Island and searching the craft and produce markets in Suva’s town centre. From Pacific Harbour you can organize activities, such as kayaking, white-water rafting, shark feeding, jet ski tours, zip lining and diving.

Volunteers based in Ovalau can spend their weekends relaxing by the sea or hiking in the pristine rainforest of Ovalau. Ovalau is also a great place to dive and snorkel as there are many pristine dive sites.

Fundraising

GoGetFunding is a Crowd funding site which offers a simple and professional online fundraising solution to help fund a portion of your trip or even a donation toward your chosen project. Simply create a fundraising page to share your story via social media platforms such as facebook & twitter.

Some of our past volunteers have raised over $2000+! Why not give it a try? If you use the above link, our logo will be displayed in your profile to help us share our message through your social network community.

Fiji Program Fees

What’s Included

  • Airport Transfers (Nadi or Suva depending on program)
  • Food (Quality homestyle Fijian cuisine)
  • Accommodation (Home stay – single room or Volunteer Centre – Dorm style)
  • Training & Supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Certificate of Completion

What’s Not Iincluded

  • Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Airfares & Visa fees
  • Tours, Souvenirs, Spending Money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day
  • Ferry transfers (unless specific in project outline)

 

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Fiji Homestays

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  • Homestay Inclusions: 3 meals p/day, 7 nights accommodation Sunday-Sunday, Arrival & departure transfers in Nadi, Extra nights US$40 (incl meals), Flexible start date (Sat/Sun arrival preferred), In country 24/7 support, Single or twin share room
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