Fiji

Fiji comprises a group of 333 islands in the tropical South Pacific with a mixture of Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian, Indian and European influences.  The local people are warm, friendly and extremely generous, despite often having little in the form of material possessions and wealth.  Fiji is a developing country with an enchanting mix of cultural traditions, strong religious faiths and stunning scenery.  Our Volunteers work with a number of community organisations and local schools, where they use skills gained from their own educational background to improve people’s lives.

Placement Locations

Most placements are located on the main island of Viti Levu, and a small number of placements are on the surrounding islands Ovalau and Motoriki.

Is it for me?

Few placements offer such a culturally rich experience. Volunteers become immersed in the traditional Fijian way of life while contributing to the local community.  It will suit people who are proactive, outgoing and willing to think outside the box.  The work can be challenging, the accommodation is basic and the food is quite alternative!   However the whole experience is guaranteed to be truly exhilarating and enormously rewarding.

Roles Explained

Teaching placements are in primary and secondary schools, which are basic and have limited resources.  Volunteers teach a range of subjects such as English, maths, science, geography and history.  Additional duties may include general boarding supervision and assistance with extracurricular activities such as sport (soccer, volleyball and basketball), music and drama.  Volunteers work full school days and have some occasional evening boarding work.

Community placements in Fiji have volunteers working in a variety of placements such rural district schools, kindergartens or centres for children with various disabilities. Caring placements involve assisting residents in an elder care home or helping support children and adults with mental or physical disabilities.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation varies from living in a hostel on site, to staying with a local Fijian family.  Food is supplied in conjunction with accommodation.  Fijians eat almost anything at any time.  Dalo (or taro) and cassava are root vegetables and, with bread and fruit, are the staple diet in rural areas.  Food is taken on a beautiful home-made reed mat.

What’s Included?

Pre-departure briefing
Airport pickup
Accommodation & food
In-country orientation
Teaching Skills Course
In-country support
24/7 support

Need to know

Pre departure briefing – all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure
On arrival – all volunteers have a three-day orientation in Fiji

Costs

Our current fees are as follows (all prices listed in Canadian dollars):

Interview fee $100
Contribution fee $3850
Tax $19.50

 

You will also need to budget for:
Travel insurance
Airfare
Visa (Up to 6 months: ~$400. Over 6 months: ~$780). Please note that these fees are approximate and subject to change. We are currently working on reducing Visa fees for Lattitude volunteers.

Travel

Volunteers have the opportunity to travel around Fiji at the end of their placement and  many choose to explore Australia, New Zealand or other Pacific islands before leaving.  Dragging yourself away from your placement may be difficult but if you do you’ll find over 300 islands to explore, reefs to dive, beaches to snorkel from, rainforests to trek in, villages to visit and people to befriend.  Fiji is fascinating and enticing and you may never want to leave.

Program overview

Minimum age:
17 (but must turn 18 during placement)
Departs:
January, July
Duration:
5 months

Roles available:

Local support in Fiji

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Quick facts

Language:
English, Bau Fijian, and Hindi
Population:
0.85 million
Timezone:
GMT+12
Climate:
Tropical
Currency:
Fijian dollar (FJD)

Testimonial

“Everything is new and exciting, you learn to adapt and change your lifestyle, any materialistic item that was once important to you is now easy to live without, and your perception of the world completely changes. All that matters to you are the new friends you make and the family back at home. Once you can say ‘Bula Vinaka’ and drink kava at full tide you’re already a part of the family.” Mariah Hommelhoff, Community Worker

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