Fiji Disaster Management & First Aid

Work together with the local community to prepare and respond to disasters, community development, first aid, homeless and mental health assistance, vulnerable community assistance and emergency response programs in the Lautoka / Nadi regions.

Fiji Disaster Management & First Aid

Project Type

Home Stay Placement | First Aid, Disaster Management

Duration

1 Week+

Start Dates

All year round (Mainly Cyclone season February – April)

Location

Nadi, Lautoka and surrounding villages

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Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Background Information

Help communities prepare for and respond to disasters, you’ll work with local and government affiliated organisations to train staff, make sure relief supplies are well stocked, establish links with community-based health and first aid programs and prepare for disasters (taking climate change into account).

Work with children, young people, and families in a range of ways that focus on ‘geographical disadvantage’ live or geographic areas in which many factors create cycles of vulnerability and disadvantage. This means that people living in these areas experience concentrations of poverty and hardship.

Assisting with planning and implementation of local solutions that support healthy and sustainable ways of living.

Project Tasks

This is a varied program and the tasks depend largely on the local needs at the time.  This can include the following types of tasks but is not limited to:
– Distributing emergency preparation packs
– Responding to emergency call outs
– Assisting in the recovery of emergency situations
– Assisting homeless or people with mental health issues
– Old age care
– Youth education and care
– Assisting in food security programs
– First Aid and emergency healthcare
– Immigration and community assistance programs

Accommodation

Enjoy living like a Fiji local. You’ll have your own single or twin share room within private, clean and safe western style homes (see pictures below). 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 (if sharing a room). Many home stays include a self contained flat separate from the main residence so you can have your own space. Internet is usually not included with most volunteers purchasing a temporary 3G plan for their own device.

Enjoy integrating into a local Fijian way of life. You’ll have the support and care of living with a real Fijian family. We have a dedicated team on the ground and a network of host families and ground operators in various parts of the country.

Meals

Meals are included and served at the host family for breakfast and dinner with lunch on site.  A typical day may consist of (subject to variation):

  • Breakfast – cereal, 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.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.  Please note that the Fijian government has recently introduced a volunteer visa which has a cost of $190FJD (approx $100 USD) and carries with it some restrictions (eg. additional paperwork/approval to extend beyond 14 days).  This is obtained upon arrival.   A standard tourist visa applies for 30 days and is free of charge.  It is your choice to advise immigration accordingly.

 

 

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