Projects Abroad | Environmental Conservation

Fiji: Rainwater Harvesting and Water Security Project

Dawasamu, Fiji

Description

Location: Dawasamu, Fiji

Duration: 1 week commitment

Start Dates: Weekly project starts on a Saturday.

Price: from £1,595 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

Highlights:

  • Learn about water security challenges in Fiji
  • Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal goal #6, clean water & sanitation.
  • Work alongside local organizations such as the Ministry of Youth and Sports to achieve local community goals.
  • Host WASH workshop in schools to educate and encourage personal hygiene practices
  • Installing hand washing stations and rainwater harvesting systems
  • Investigating and implementing ways that rainwater can be utilized as a long term solution to water shortages in the region
  • Complete and optional online course in Community Development offered in partnership with University of Richmond in the United States
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Introduction

Travel to Fiji and experience the Fijian culture as a participant on this program based in Silana village in Dawasamu, Fiji.

This program works on initiatives which contribute directly to the United Nations SDG’s, goal #6, clean water and sanitation.

As a participant, you could participate in various activities depending on the needs of the community at that time. Some initiatives you could expect to get involved in include: installation of waste management and rainwater harvesting systems; assessing and enhancing sustainable agriculture by building veggie gardens and interacting with villagers through educational workshops.

You may also be involved in activities around health & nutrition and educational empowerment.

This program includes an optional Community Development online course which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States.

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Daily Life

Participants are expected to remain flexible as project work changes based on weather as well as needs of our project partners.

Estimated Schedule:
  • 8-10am: Work with Community
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 1pm – 4pm: Work with Community
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 9pm: Bed Time
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Travel & Accommodation.

Accommodation & Food:

Located in a busy seaside village, experience some of the most spectacular sunsets and sunrises! Become fully immersed in the Fijian culture!

You will be living with the other volunteers in shared (same gender) accommodation. 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.

Travel:

By participating in this program, you are not only offered an opportunity to work toward conserving ecosystems but also the opportunity to see local sites! Our dedicated field staff are the best resource when researching local trips, they have compiled this list of activities.

These side trips are not included in the program fee but are highly recommended:

  • Dawasamu Surrounds
  • Levuka (old historical town)
  • Suva (capital of Fiji)
  • Diving
  • Dawasamu Dolphins
The possibilities are endless!
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Requirements

  • 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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Prices

Durations:

1 week – £1,595

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 20% deposit.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 24-hour emergency desk
  • 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 (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • COVID-19: Health and Hygiene Fee
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • 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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