Location: Dawasamu, Fiji
Duration: 1-12 weeks commitment
Start Dates: Weekly project starts on a Saturday.
Price: from £1,270 for 1 week. Check the Prices tab for further information.
Includes: Food, accommodation, airport pickup, pre-departure training and orientation, and all project related activities
Does not include: Flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
- Grow your knowledge and contribute to UN SDG goal #6, clean water & sanitation.
- Working with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to achieve local community goals.
- Conducting WASH awareness workshop in schools to encourage hygienic behaviour practices.
- Installing hand washing stations and rainwater harvesting systems, as rainwater can be utilised as a long term solution to water shortages in the region.
On this program, you could be taking part in a range of activities, from installation of waste management and rainwater harvesting systems, assessing and enhancing sustainable agriculture by building veggie gardens, interacting with villagers, all while making lifelong friends from a range of cultural and geographical backgrounds.
Depending on the needs of the community at that time, there may also be the opportunity to work on more specific water management initiatives such as fresh-water management, water security & water and sanitation hygiene. Some of the core focuses include health and nutrition, educational empowerment, environmental management, water, sanitation & hygiene initiatives, along with the activities mentioned previously.
We promote the sustainable and progressive empowerment of communities through direct grass roots level interaction. Our goal is to help these communities to live healthy, sustainable, and environmentally aware lives through the successful management of natural resources and the implementation of applicable environmental technology. It is only through our collaboration with the communities that we can be successful on a large scale.
Community Workshops -All our projects involve consultative and educational workshops with community members.
Waste Management Programme – Most villages in Fiji rely on burning or burying household waste as there are no waste disposal services available in such remote areas. We have therefore designed and are constructing recycling points throughout the district for people to use as an alternative.
Kitchen Garden Workshop – Both men and women expressed an interest in bettering their understanding of how to grow particular foods to help feed their families.
Nutrition – Following on from the Kitchen Garden workshops, volunteers have also begun developing workshops focusing on nutrition.
Workshops still to be developed – Members of the community also expressed an interest in the following workshops, which have been tabled for future development including child development, climate change, plantation farming and small business skills. If you have expertise in any of these areas, or special knowledge, please let us know as we strive to utilise volunteers and maximise their effectiveness when on project.
You can also expect to get involved in the following;
- Make a difference in traditional coastal villages, working towards assisting rural communities address a range of issues surrounding water security and water and sanitation for health, with a view towards long-term sustainability.
- Elements of community based work, including construction, research and project development education enrichment and community based workshops.
Travel & Accommodation.
Accommodation & Food:
You will be living with the other volunteers in shared (same gender) accommodation. Basic flush toilet facilities and cold-water showers are available. Participants share all base duties, including cleaning the common area and the resource room and other daily chores.
There is rain water available for cooking, drinking, and washing. Careful water conservation is necessary, and water may be rationed during droughts.
Food is very basic, and most volunteers will prepare their own breakfasts, usually toast and cereals, and packed lunches to eat at the project site. You will be split into teams to prepare the evening meal on a rotational basis, which is loads of fun, but also encourages team building. All dietary requirements will be catered for accordingly.
Health & Hygiene:
The work we contribute to across the globe remains important and new measures allow our participants to continue to join our programs and continue impacting positively on their world and the communities we work with. Changes to our existing protocols have been made by our health and hygiene team to strengthen our health and hygiene protocols and ensure that international standard safeguards are in place to protect our participants, staff and host communities. Please inquire for more information on the protocols.
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- Minimum age 18
- Be keen and enthusiastic to get involved in the project
- Ability to work within a team environment
- Minimum 2 weeks commitment
- CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
- Signed medical form
- Good English skills
- Necessary vaccinations
- Necessary flight & visas
- Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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*** Placements are confirmed with a 20% deposit.
Project Fee includes;
- 24-hour emergency phone
- 24-hour in-country support
- Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
- Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
- All necessary project equipment and materials
- All necessary project training by experienced staff
- Location orientation
- Long term experienced staff
- Meals while on project
- Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
- Welcome meeting
- Online program training before program start date:
- Pre-Departure Orientation (1 Hour)
- Program Specific Training (1-5 Hours)
- OPTIONAL: Community Development Online Course (10-15 Hours)
What’s not included:
- Additional drinks and gratuities
- Extra local excursions
- International and domestic airport taxes
- Medical and travel insurance
- Personal items and toiletries
- Police or background check
- Visa costs (where necessary)
Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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