Projects Abroad | Healthcare

Fiji: Healthcare Education

Suva or Pacific Harbour, Fiji

Description

Location: Suva or Pacific Harbour, Fiji

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks placement, maximum 6 months commitment. This includes the compulsory Introductory week.

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €375 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, introductory week, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Benefits:

  • Contribute to the health of the Fijian population
  • Gain hands-on experience in health awareness projects, working alongside medical professional
  • Ideal for those studying education, public health, community welfare
  • Experience the beauty of the Fijian islands
Costs Explained

Introduction

This project aims at enhancing the health of the local population by identifying the most common diseases in the area, getting information from doctors, spreading awareness in schools and once a month conducting health check-up camps in villages. Most of the rural population have little or no knowledge of hygiene and diet, which causes many diseases such as high blood sugar & cholesterol and hypertension. Other common diseases include skin eruptions/lesions, urinary infections, gum disease and heart diseases.

The healthcare education project needs both skilled medical and healthcare professionals as well as less experienced volunteers who are interested in teaching basic first-aid and personal hygiene. Qualified professionals can conduct health camps and dental check-ups and can offer useful guidance on the project’s development. Volunteers can educate people in simple hygienic techniques such as washing hands, brushing teeth and general cleanliness and can offer support in running healthcare campaigns in local schools.

Contribute towards the prevention of many avoidable health problems and easily communicable diseases while enjoying the beautiful Fiji.

Daily Life

Your first week will be an introductory experience to the island, this is compulsory for all trips to Fiji, and is the best way to get to know the people, culture and nature before starting your volunteer experience.

In the morning of your first day, you will meet with a local doctor who will explain all the various medical aspects and needs of the local community. Later on you will go to the local government schools and take part in an awareness campaign, teaching health and hygiene to children of various ages, teaching first aid and other health related programs.

On the last Wednesday of every month, together with the local team of doctors, a general health check-up camp is organized for the local community. Free medicines and treatments are made available to everybody.

Every Friday the activity plan is confirmed. The program can change depending on the school plans and activities as well as weather and local conditions. The working day is around 4 hours.

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Travel & Accom.

Participants in the project stay in the house centre in dorm-style accommodation with rooms shared by 4-6 people. Each room has a private bathroom with hot water and all rooms have wall fans to keep you cool. All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and use all resources mindfully especially water, paper and electricity as well as contribute to keeping the accommodation clean, neat and tidy. There is wi-fi; however, the quality and speed may not be at a very high level and the connection may be slower and irregular occasionally.

There are three meals served on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The breakfast is western style and the dinners are typical Fijian dishes.

Within 5-10 minutes from the centre you can find ATMs, as well as a local supermarket and a local shop where you can buy a SIM card.

There are many ATMs 5-10 minutes away from the Suva House centre. The local supermarket is 5 minutes away and you can buy a personal SIM card at the local shop. There are several health and medical centres within a 20 minutes car ride radius from the centre.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Genuine interest in medicine and public health, however a medical background is not necessary for volunteer positions. Experienced medical professionals are warmly welcomed to share their skills and knowledge.
  • Intermediate English language skills.
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment (Includes Introductory week)
  • Necessary vaccinations, flight & visas.
  • Full travel & medical insurance – full assistance provided in arranging everything you will need if you choose our Premium Support
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Costs

€375 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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Note: Map coordinates are approximate