Volunteer Construction Suva

Support local communities by bringing your creativity and physical labour to build new structures for children and local communities to improve the quality of life for Fijian locals in Sigatoka, Fiji's adventure capital.

Volunteer Construction Suva, Fiji

 

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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Volunteer Construction in Suva Overview

Construction & renovation, school rebuilding, cyclone rebuilding.  Work along side local tradesman and help to refurbish worn down community structures or build new structures.    No specialist skills are required, however tradespeople of all types (carpentry, plumbing, building, laborers, electricians etc) are in high demand!  

Many of the schools in the area simply do not have funds for renovation work and as a result, classrooms, libraries and community areas are worn down and uninviting.   Through the help from international volunteers, we help re-build and beautify community structures providing positive energy and vibrancy for the locals.   In many areas of Fiji, thousands of families live in inadequate accommodation and children attend school in crumbling buildings. Our construction project allows them to move to new, better quality homes and for the children to receive an education in secure, new classrooms.    

Developing infrastructure for the local community is an amazing way to give back to the Fiji locals directly benefiting them and improving their quality of life.  Volunteers will mainly assist in renovating parks, playgrounds, classrooms, kindergartens and other community centers with some supervision and assistance of local tradesmen

Schedule

On an average, you will be working for about 6 hours in a day on the project.  On Monday, you will start planning the project with the coordinator assigned to you,after having breakfast. Once you plan the project and receive the relevant information, you can have lunch and then leave to work at the community location on your volunteer construction project. Once your work for the day is complete, you can then return to the center and attend a meeting where you can provide feedback regarding the first day at your placement.

From Tuesday to Friday, your day will begin a bit early. You will be taken to the project site and assigned with particular tasks for the day. A coordinator support will be around you during the project. Then, in the afternoon after lunch, you will work at the community location where you will continue to do with construction and renovation activities.

***The program can be changed depending on the school’s plans and activities as well as weather and local conditions.***

** The placement will run at the local school or communities, program can be changed, depending on the school location and commitment. The working time will be around 6 hours a day**

Location

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.  As the commercial hub of Fiji it’s not as touristy as the Nadi area and therefore you’re able to observe the authentic fiji lifestyle.  

Please note this project also operates in Sigatoka (Adventure Capital of Fiji) if desired. 

Accommodation

Accommodation is in a dedicated house for volunteers with shared bedrooms 3-6 persons per room (single gender rooms) and private bathroom per room.    Living with other volunteers in a dormitory-style house is heaps of fun and a great way to meet like minded travellers. 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.  Laundry services are available for a small fee.   Bed linen, fans and mosquito protection are all provided.   We recommend volunteers bring their own towel.  The rooms are lockable and there are also safety deposit boxes available. 

For couples or those wanting more privacy, private rooms in the volunteer house are available for an additional US$140 per week, subject to availability.

Meals

Meals are served at the volunteer house 3 times per day during the week; breakfast and dinner only are served during the weekends. There is also filtered water available at the volunteer center.  Bottled water is readily available in Fiji.  If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.  You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy. 

Sights & Surroundings

  • Sigatoka (1.5 hours drive)
  • Fiji Museum: This museum offers a great journey into Fiji’s historical and cultural evolution
  • Suva Municipal Market.
  • Oceana Center for Arts and Culture:Arts center at the University of the South Pacific which hosts regular live music, dance and theater, art shows and other cultural events

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas upon arrival at the airport.  We recommend all participants to inform immigration they are a tourist (not volunteer).   We provide further information in our project welcome pack and can step you through any details necessary. 

  • If you state ‘Holiday as the main purpose of your stay, you’ll be granted a 90 day visa upon entry at no cost.  
  • If you state ‘Volunteering’ as the main reason for your stay, a “14 day stay” will be stamped on your Passport.  You’ll then need to apply for an extension and pay a fee.   You’ll then need the following;

          1. A supporting letter – our ground operators will provide.
          2. A copy of return flight ticket- from the participant
          3. 190 FJD extension fees- to be be paid by the participant

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