Volunteering with Animals Fiji
Home Stay Placement | animal care, animal welfare, veterinary services, vet clinic assistance, community education & support
All year round
Nadi, Lautoka and surrounding villages
Who can Apply?
Anyone with an interest in animals can assist. Most of all, volunteers with vet nursing qualification experience are especially welcome.
The Animal Care Project in Fiji serves the purpose of caring for unwanted animals and helping to educate the local people about the importance of a animal care awareness including spay and neutering. You may be a pre-university student considering a career in veterinary medicine, an undergraduate, a qualified vet or animal lover. What ever your skill level we have opportunities for you to get your hands dirty!
Volunteers work at various animal shelters in around the Nadi / Lautoka area. The veterinary doctors who work in the clinics will be able to share their knowledge and experience with you. You will gain valuable general and specialist animal experience sure to boost your resume in a highly competitive field.
When you volunteer with animals, you’ll assist with the general running of animal centres. Feeding, training, exercise, bathing, grooming, and loving the animals will be your main tasks, however volunteers with specialist skills can get involved in procedures and operations. There is always a need for administrative assistance in the office as well as marketing and advertising support campaigning and educational materials. In conclusion, you will see first hand how the running of a animal shelter works.
– To teach young people skills in animal care.
– Work on the development of material on pet care and the marketing of pet care for example, developing
school visit packages (including posters and talks) you will find entertaining and interesting,
– Operations and inspections
– De-sexing education
– Helping to run a pet fairs
– Training local people
– Feeding, cuddling and caring for the animals
– Applying ointment and oral medications
– Adoptive services
– Phone & administration
– Sanitation projects
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 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.
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.