Island Project

Suva - Fiji

Only $780 per week!

Allow us to take you on an interesting ride through the various islands of Fiji. Take in the breathtaking views, explore each island and swim the blue waters!

This program gives you the opportunity to give back to the local community through various restoration, renovation and construction activities to make these island towns look more beautiful and artistic.

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand






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Program Description

This project is designed to introduce you to the different islands of Fiji and to contribute in the development of schools, kindergartens or community halls, parks and various other essential spaces used by the local communities.

On this project, you will be traveling to various islands and taking part in renovation activities, institution beautification and basic construction activities.

The projects are located in Levuka (Viti Levu) and Savusavu (Vanua Levu).

After two days of orientation, you will be taken to Levuka or Savusavu by ferry. You will have a cultural introduction to the Head of the village along with a traditional Kava ceremony.

Aims & Objectives

The aim and objective of this project are to take you around various islands such that you get a breathtaking experience and also an opportunity to develop basic amenities for the local communities.

Schedule

Week 1

Monday to Tuesday

At the beginning of the program on the first two days, you will have an introduction to the local surroundings, learn the local culture and get a traditional welcome by the village head.

Wednesday to Friday

In the morning after breakfast, you will be involved in renovation work at a kindergarten, primary school or a community hall. The activities will be varied from time to time depending on the project availability. Have a sumptuous lunch and resume work at the assigned project site. Later in the afternoon, you can relax on the beach or you can play games like Rugby and Volleyball with the local children and youth before retiring for dinner.

During weekends, you can visit and explore the many beautiful sites of the islands.

Week 2 & Onwards

Monday to Friday

For the second week and onwards the day’s schedule will be the same as the Wednesday to Friday schedule of week 1.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 18

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

Participants above 16 and below 18 are required to present a parental consent letter and participants below 16 are required to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Additional Equipment

No specific equipment necessary.

Location

Suva is located on the southeast coast of the island Vitti Levu. It is the capital of the country and the largest most cosmopolitan city of Fiji. Suva has an approximate amount of 86,000 inhabitants and works as a harbour city built on the peninsula. The city has a warm rainy tropical weather throughout the year, which keeps the flora fresh, and the temperature in beach-perfect scenery. This town represents the meaning of a multicultural country. It has so many combinations between European, Indian, Asian and Fijian that every single person seems as interesting as the next one. Make sure not to miss the Fiji Museum to learn more about how the beautiful Fiji came to be. The best part of this multicultural aspect is that you can find Chinese, Indian and Italian cuisines in one place!

About the Accommodation

Participants will stay at our centre on Suva, yet can vary depending on the project, but will be in shared bedrooms at our house Centre. There are refrigerators at the accommodation for the participant’s convenience.

Food Arrangements

Three meals, per day are served for the duration of your trip on Monday to Friday two meals per day on the weekends for the duration of your trip. We serve breakfast and dinner at the normal time during the weekend. Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner are typical Fijian style.

Facilities

  • ATM’s: There are many ATM's near the  Suva House centre which is about a 5 to 10 minutes from the house.
  • Local supermarket is a 5 minute walk from the centre.
  • Personal SIM card for your mobile: You can buy at the local shop.
  • The closest city is Suva about a 20 minute ride by car/bus from our Centre.
  • 5 minutes ride to to Makoi Health Centre  +679 334 0197, Lot 5 Matanikorovatu Nasinu.
  • 20 minutes ride to Suva Private Hospital  120 Amy  Street, Tork Suva /Fiji  +679  330 3404.
  • 20 Minutes ride to Colonial War Memorial Hospital Brown Street & Waimanu Road. Suva/  Fiji  +679  313 3444.
  • 20 Minutes ride to Gordon Street Medical Centre 98-100 Gordon Street Corner of Thurston Street, Suva/ Fiji  +679  333 1355.
  • 20 Minutes ride to Nasese Medical Centre 62 Ratu Sukuna, Suva/ Fiji +679  331 4450, + 679 330 3655.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

  • Fiji Museum: This museum offers a great journey into Fiji’s historical and cultural evolution.
  • Suva Municipal Market.
  • Oceana Center for Arts and Culture:Arts center at the University of the South Pacific which hosts regular live music, dance and theater, art shows and other cultural events.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of Fiji

Population: 881,065

Capital: Suva

Language: Fijian

Currency: Fijian Dollar (FJD)

Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

Country Information

Fiji is an archipelago of 333 sun-kissed, picture perfect islands tucked away in the South Pacific, close to Australia and New Zealand.

It's famed for its rugged landscape of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and eco-activities from mountain climbing and surfing to soft-coral diving and zip-lining. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain the lion’s share of the population, meaning much of the country is uncrowded.

The 20th century brought about important economic changes in Fiji as well as the maturation of its political system. Fiji developed a major sugar industry and established productive copra milling, tourism and secondary industries.

As the country now diversifies into small-scale industries, the economy is strengthened and revenues provide for expanded public works, infrastructure, health, medical services and education.

The country’s central position in the region has been strengthened by recent developments in sea and air communications and transport. Today, Fiji plays a major role in regional affairs and is recognized as the focal point of the South Pacific.

Fiji is now home to many other races — Indians, Part Europeans, Chinese and other Pacific islanders living in harmony, and keeping their own cultures and identity. Fijians, slightly over 50 per cent of the total population, are essentially members of communities. They live in villages and do things on a communal basis.

Climate

The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. The warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F).

Rainfall is variable, with the warm season experiencing heavier rainfall, especially inland. Winds are moderate, though cyclones occur about once a year (10–12 times per decade).

On 20 February 2016, Fiji was hit by the full force of Cyclone Winston, the only Category 5 tropical cyclone to make landfall in the nation. Scores of homes were destroyed and at least 43 people have been reported dead.

Culture

Fiji was first settled about three and a half thousand years ago. The original inhabitants are now called "Lapita people" after a distinctive type of fine pottery they produced, remnants of which have been found in practically all the islands of the Pacific, east of New Guinea, though not in eastern Polynesia. Linguistic evidence suggests that they came from northern or central Vanuatu, or possibly the eastern Solomons.

Before long they had moved further on, colonizing Rotuma to the north, and Tonga and Samoa to the east. From here, vast distances were crossed to complete the settlement of the Pacific to Hawaii in the north, Rapanui (Easter Island) in the east and Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the south.

Unlike the islands of Polynesia which showed a continuous steadily evolving culture from initial occupation, Fiji appears to have undergone at least two periods of rapid culture change in prehistoric times.

This may have been due to the arrival of fresh waves of immigrants, presumably from the west. Pre Historians have noted that a massive 12th century volcanic eruption in southern Vanuatu coincides with the disappearance of a certain pottery style, and its sudden emergence in Fiji.

It is hardly surprising then, that the Fijian culture is an intricate network and that generalisations are fraught with danger. Although the legendary king of Bau, Naulivou, and his successors had control over a large area of eastern Fiji, at no time before colonization was Fiji a political unity. Nevertheless, Fiji does exhibit certain traits that sets it apart from its neighbours, and it is this that defines a distinctive Fijian culture.

Transportation

Getting around Fiji is easy and cheap. There’s a good network of buses, carriers (trucks) and ferries for travel within Fiji’s main islands, and taxis are common. Hiring a car is a good way to explore the two largest islands – which contain 90% of Fiji’s roads – or charter a boat or small plane to get between islands. Fiji is well-served by two domestic airlines which operate between many of the islands, although services are less regular to the outer islands. Yachting and cruising are also great ways to explore the country.

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