Remote Island Construction Fiji

Experience one of the few traditional Fijian island villages left in the Mamanuca island region. A raw and unique Fijian experience with genuine needs for construction, renovation of the island community areas and village homes.

Remote Island Construction Fiji Project

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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)

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Project Background Information

This is an incredible placement where you can experience in depth the authentic Fijian Island way of living.   After presentation of your offering (Kava ceremony) you will be welcomed into the community to live as an honored guest.  

This is a proper island paradise.   Picture crystal clear water, cliffs, rolling hills and approx 1000 inhabitants on a medium sized island (some of whom have never seen a car!)   Life here is pretty hard as it’s difficult to grow food with water shortages and salt laden soil.   The village’s main source of incomes is handicrafts, pottery and shells, with the local people otherwise relying on subsistence farming and fishing.

The placement is centred around the local public school where approx 100 students from kindergarten through to grade 6 come to learn each day.  You’ll assist in renovations in and around the school and also within the neighboring villages where your assistance will be very well received.

The day to day tasks will be varied but will consist mainly of light renovation and construction work depending on your skill level.  Volunteers will need to be self sufficient and competent enough to see areas of opportunity and to assist as appropriate.  This is a challenging and raw experience where you can truly make a positive impact and likely gain an appreciation for the simple things in life.  

Transportation

Included in the cost is an arrival airport transfer from Nadi airport to the marina if heading to the islands directly.  In most cases however, you’ll stay with a home stay in Nadi or Lautoka for 1 or 2 nights before making your way to the island.  

The cost of transfers from the marina to/from the island are not included however we get you the locals discount which brings the cost from approx US$110 return down to approx US$40 return. 

There are 2 ferry trips to/from the island daily departing from Port Denerau each day;

  • Departing Ferrys – 9:15am and 3:00pm
  • Returning Ferrys – 10:15am and 4:00pm

Accommodation

You will live within the large gated school compound where individual family residences exist for the school staff and their families.  You’ll normally be provided your own room or sharing with another volunteer.   Bedding is usually a mattress on the floor.  It’s clean and comfortable, but no frills.  The houses are light and airy right next to the ocean but very basic, with normally a living area, sleeping area, kitchen and adjoining bathroom.  

Electricity is a luxury on the island and small solar lamps are used for the evenings. This means, tv’s radio’s, fridges etc are limited.  You’ll be able to charge your laptop or mobile device no problem.  You’ll also have a safe place to store your belongings. 

Please note – Many things that we take for granted in our homes are not available on the island and living conditions are very basic. Borehole water is used for washing and toilets and rainwater is used for cooking and drinking. Toilets are western style and waterseal.  They need to be filled with a bucket of water to fill the cisten before flushing.

Meals

Fresh fruits and vegetables can be quite scarce on the island so it’s recommended to bring a small offering of rice, flour or long lasting vegetables (ie. cabbage) with you along with some snacks for yourself if desired.  You will have plenty to eat, but the variety of options will be less than other home stay placements.

Breakfast would normally consist of tea with homemade pancakes, bread and fruit if available.  The pancakes are very similar to donuts and very yummy!

Lunch and dinner would mostly consist of fresh fish, chicken, lamb or tinned food.  This placement will be difficult for vegetarians who do not eat fish.

Other Info

  • Local Customs – We will help you source some Yaqona (approx US$15) for “sevusevu”.  This is the traditional way of going to the village.  Yaqona (Kava) is taken and presented to the village chief to get his blessings for you to stay on the island.  
  • Medical –  A resident nurse and health centre is located on the island.  For emergency, helicopters can get to the island and to Lautoka hospital within an hour
  • Dress – A dress code will apply mainly to females when in around the villiage.  They will need to wear dresses or long skirts or “sulu”

Extra Activities

You are located on a proper Fijian remote island in the manamunca island range.  Island hopping to local tourist resort islands is the most likely past time for volunteers in this region.   This is truly a unique placement as foreigners are not allowed to visit the island without express consent from the island chief.   As part of the volunteer arrival you must bring Yaqona (Cava) as an offering to the chief.  

Island hopping, snorkeling, surfing, boating, craft making & hiking as the island is mountainous are all options involved. 

Who can Apply?

Anyone can apply but ideally those with a teaching background or construction skills are strongly desired.  This is a ‘raw’ experience with few luxuries so those with an appreciation for this type of experience are necessary.  

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.

Donations

For those with the desire and means, there are many educational materials that are in high demand at the island school and it would be very much appreciated for donations of any kind.   Contact us if you are able to assist in any way.   Vinaka!

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