Cultural Orientation Week Vanuatu

Volunteer Orientation Week Vanuatu

Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • All ground transportation & touring as per schedule
  • Accommodation – Volunteer Guest House – Shared rooms
  • 3 quality meals per day
  • 24/7 in-country support & emergency assistance
  • Training & guidance from qualified local staff
  • 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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Overview

The introduction week is designed to ease you into the culture and pace of Vanuatu and to help you prepare for your volunteering placements so that you get the most from the experience.   It’s a great way to acclimatize, meet other volunteers.   This program is based in Port Vila and as per the below schedule, you’ll visit interesting locations which will help you learn about Vanuatu, the local customs and culture as well as fun things to do on your weekends off!   Additionally, you’ll have cooking classes, local language and art courses which can be lots of fun and well worth the effort.  

Starting Dates

The orientation weeks start on the first Monday of each month.

Schedule

  • Sunday – Arrival meet and greet, settle into accommodation and meet the others
  • Monday
    -Welcome and introduction to the program and collection of important documents
    -City tour of Port Vila
  • Tuesday
    -Learn the basics of Bislama in the language class and weaving class
    -Mele cascades waterfall
  • Wednesday
    -Learn to cook traditional Melanesian dishes
    -Learn Ni-Vanuatu Culture in Secret garden
  • Thursday
    -Full day picnic trip to Blue Lagoon
  • Friday
    -Visit to the placement of your choice
    -Prepare for first placement activities
  • Sat/Sun free time

Accommodation

Cover.jpg 300x225 - Cultural Orientation Week VanuatuAccommodation is in a dedicated house very close to the beach!  Volunteers will share a bedroom with up to 2-4 persons per room (single gender rooms).   There is WiFi included in public areas, laundry facilities (at small additional fee), lockable rooms, hot showers, bed linen, mosquito protection and fans included.   Volunteers are requested to bring their own towel.    Living with other volunteers in a dormitory-style house is heaps of fun and a great way to meet like minded travelers.  The volunteer house is in close proximity to a basic supermarkets, ATM, fresh fruit and vegetable stands, petrol stations and bus stop.

For couples or those wanting more privacy, private rooms in the volunteer house are available for an additional US$150 per week, subject to availability.

Meals

3 quality meals per day are included for the duration of the program.   Meals will be authentic to Vanuatu mainly consisting of coconut based curries, dahl, fish, rice, fresh fruits and labob which is a local dessert.  

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.  A standard tourist visa applies for most countries and allows you 30 days in the country.   This can be provided upon arrival into Vanuatu.