Sustainable Communities in Fiji

  • 8Day(s)
  • Trip Code: STNANSUS

Warm, azure waters and endless stretches of palm-fringed, white sands - the volcanic Yasawa Islands make a perfect location to volunteer. The project's main aims are to improve local living conditions, nutrition and access to drinking water. No two days will be the same as you will get involved with everything from constructing and repairing water harvesting systems to assisting with agricultural initiatives.

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One of the major issues currently in the Yasawa Islands is their lack of sustainable vital resources. At times, they`ll have plentiful water, food, power and the likes. But these resources are not managed in a sustainable manner and so, the villages are often faced with a severe shortage of these basic necessities. One major issue is the lack of the basic necessity of life - a reliable, safe supply of drinking water. Rainfall is seasonal and the villages have inadequate storage. Consequences are poor sanitation and poor nutrition. This program assists in several critical initiatives including developments to improve access to sufficient fresh water through rainwater harvesting solutions, education of communities in resource management, environmental initiatives, sustainable agriculture practices and assisting in the setup of micro enterprises. The goals and priorities of this program are assessed regularly and set in conjunction with village community consultation and the resources available. In addition we establish water management committees in each village so after a project is completed they are left with the responsibility for on-going management of the new infrastructure and supply. Please note you will have to arrive in Nadi the day before to attend your compulsory welcome meeting there.

Day 1 - Nadi to Yasawa Islands

You will depart Port Denarau and cruise up to the Yasawa Islands where you are welcomed by the Program Managers and resort staff. There will be an intensive Volunteer Briefing and you will have the chance to meet other volunteers on the project. Free time to settle into your bure and the island

Day 2 to 7 - On the project

All Volunteer programs are based on a Saturday to Saturday week-long stay, with each separate program operating Monday to Friday in the schools and villages. Saturday and Sunday are spent at leisure. A typical day will begin with an early breakfast at around 6.30am, followed by a 30 to 60 minute longboat transfer from the base camp to the schools and villages where you`ll be working (note: on the rare occasion of rough sea conditions, we will not be able to run transfers due to safety reasons. Volunteers will have to remain at Basecamp for the day and an alternative project for the day will be arranged). Lunch is either provided by the village or taken with you from base, depending on the day`s activities. You will generally depart the villages and schools heading for base around 3.00pm in the afternoon, in time to have a shower and attend a debriefing on the day's achievements and planning for the next day, before you enjoy an evening meal with other volunteers and resort guests from around 7pm. Working in the sun and heat of Fiji can be very tiresome and most volunteers retire to bed early to get a good night's rest before the next adventure begins! Saturdays and Sundays are for leisure and the Yasawa`s many charms provide a multitude of opportunities to experience the culture and traditional ceremonies at Fijian villages, dive or snorkel the beautiful reefs in stunning remote island locations, relax and enjoy tropical white sandy beaches, explore caves and bush walking, climbing volcanic mountains or cruising to nearby islands…. the list is endless and allows you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Fijian way of life. Sunday is typically a day of rest in Fiji so supervised activities are limited, but volunteers are always welcome to attend the traditional Village Church Service - generally a very moving experience. After your week/s of volunteering relaxation is big in Fiji, but if you're in the mood there are incredible activities available throughout the Yasawas including hiking, some of the world's best snorkelling and diving, local villages to visit, cultural activities, hand-line fishing, visits to caves… even swimming with manta rays depending on the season!

Day 8 - Departure Day

Today you will depart and transfer back to Nadi. Hopefully you have booked more additional weeks on this amazing project!

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0800 474 400

0800 474 400

  • FROM PRICE: NZ$1081

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Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: Volunteer
  • Physical Demands: You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.

What's included?

• Pre-departure support
• 24 hour emergency phone
• Arrival orientation
• Long term experienced staff
• Safe and basic accommodations (dormitory as standard)
• Welcome meeting
• All meals prepared and provided by resort or village
• Location and cultural orientation
• All necessary project training by experienced staff
• All necessary project equipment and materials
• 24 hour in-country support
• Transfer from/to Port Denarau to Base Location
• Construction techniques training
• Community work workshop
• Construction materials
• A donation to the project

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