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Volunteer on Construction Projects in Fiji

Contribute to environmental construction and water initiatives in Fiji

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$1,649.00

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Help community members develop important infrastructure for future generations in the picturesque Fiji Islands by building and implementing rainwater systems or improving educational facilities. Immerse yourself in the local culture, relax on white sand beaches and climb volcanic mountains in your spare time.
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Project Life
Project Details
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The Team
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Overview

You will travel to indigenous villages in the beautiful Dawasamu District to assess village infrastructure focusing on food and water security. Your tasks and projects can be varied, from helping to construct vegetable gardens, rainwater harvesting systems or plant erosion reducing trees and grasses, to helping train villagers in new waste-management methods and environmental management techniques.

The long-term goal is to improve sustainability within the communities’ infrastructure and the quality of life throughout the seven villages of the Dawasamu District. Many of these villages experience water shortages and issues with water quality, can only cultivate basic root vegetables and have few sources of income. The project is run in partnership with local communities, The Dawasamu Environment Movement (a local environmental initiative) and the Fiji Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Based on GVI’s locally constructed beach-side Babale Base in Silana village, volunteers become immersed in Fijian culture and have the opportunity explore other island chains and areas of the mainland on the weekends.

Testimonials

"I learned how to use a variety of tools, install guttering, mix concrete, build a base, drive a boat (with some help, of course), navigate at night by light of a flashlight, cook with limited foods (world-famous chefs would be envious of our creations with corned beef), adjust to long bouts of quiet, immerse myself into a new group of people, experience homesickness in a new and very unfamiliar environment, and I loved it. Not every moment was perfect and this list is not even remotely extensive, in fact the more I think about it, the more I am certain I could fill a series of notebooks with lessons learned and favorite memories from my very brief two weeks in my life shared with you all in Fiji, but the experience really changed my life and I have all of you, my fellow volunteers, and my Fijian family to thank for it."

- Mary Palmer, (USA)

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life
  • Training on the design and implementation of rainwater catchment systems
  • A traditional Fijian Sevusevu ceremony and village visit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

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GVI Difference

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life
  • Training on the design and implementation of rainwater catchment systems
  • A traditional Fijian Sevusevu ceremony and village visit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Life

On project, you will work Monday through to Friday on your allocated construction project, with weekends free to relax or travel the local area with your fellow volunteers.

Work days consist of an early start and morning meetings to review the days’ goals, loading equipment and traveling to the project site where you will work alongside the local community before returning to our base in the afternoon.

Accommodation is in a basic dormitory setting with communal living, kitchen and work areas.

Use your free weekends to scuba dive, snorkel, kayak, island hop and generally explore your fascinating surroundings and the Fijian culture.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life
  • Training on the design and implementation of rainwater catchment systems
  • A traditional Fijian Sevusevu ceremony and village visit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Details

The Dawasamu District is located in a remote region of Viti Levu and is comprised of seven villages. This collection of coastal and highland villages rely almost entirely upon agriculture for both sustenance and income. Available education and resulting opportunities are limited and with growing pressures on natural assets such as coral reefs and forests due to climate change and deforestation more awareness and support is now needed to preserve the way of life.

The Fiji Construction program utilizes volunteer support to help improve access to safe drinking water, diversify diet and agriculture, improve systems of waste-management, combat erosion, and improve village infrastructure.

Some other tasks and activities that you could be involved in may also include village awareness workshops; local village assessments, and project design.

How this project makes a difference:

The people of the coastal Dawasamu District face many challenges. Many villages do not have access to a constant supply of fresh water, lack a sustainable source of income, and would benefit from further education in resource management.

In conjunction with The Dawasamu Environment Movement and Fiji Ministry of Youth and Sports, we assist with the assessment of village needs and help design and implement responsible and sustainable solutions.

Past construction projects have included – Rainwater Harvesting System construction, the building of a Primary school library, construction of a waste recycling collection station, and the construction of GVI Babale Base.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life
  • Training on the design and implementation of rainwater catchment systems
  • A traditional Fijian Sevusevu ceremony and village visit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Life on the Internship

On project, you will work Monday through to Friday on your allocated construction project, with weekends free to relax or travel the local area with your fellow volunteers.

Work days consist of an early start and morning meetings to review the days’ goals, loading equipment and traveling to the project site where you will work alongside the local community before returning to our base in the afternoon.

Accommodation is in a basic dormitory setting with communal living, kitchen and work areas.

Use your free weekends to scuba dive, snorkel, kayak, island hop and generally explore your fascinating surroundings and the Fijian culture.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life
  • Training on the design and implementation of rainwater catchment systems
  • A traditional Fijian Sevusevu ceremony and village visit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Program Details

The Dawasamu District is located in a remote region of Viti Levu and is comprised of seven villages. This collection of coastal and highland villages rely almost entirely upon agriculture for both sustenance and income. Available education and resulting opportunities are limited and with growing pressures on natural assets such as coral reefs and forests due to climate change and deforestation more awareness and support is now needed to preserve the way of life.

The Fiji Construction program utilizes volunteer support to help improve access to safe drinking water, diversify diet and agriculture, improve systems of waste-management, combat erosion, and improve village infrastructure.

Some other tasks and activities that you could be involved in may also include village awareness workshops; local village assessments, and project design.

How this project makes a difference:

The people of the coastal Dawasamu District face many challenges. Many villages do not have access to a constant supply of fresh water, lack a sustainable source of income, and would benefit from further education in resource management.

In conjunction with The Dawasamu Environment Movement and Fiji Ministry of Youth and Sports, we assist with the assessment of village needs and help design and implement responsible and sustainable solutions.

Past construction projects have included – Rainwater Harvesting System construction, the building of a Primary school library, construction of a waste recycling collection station, and the construction of GVI Babale Base.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life
  • Training on the design and implementation of rainwater catchment systems
  • A traditional Fijian Sevusevu ceremony and village visit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Life

On project, you will work Monday through to Friday on your allocated construction project, with weekends free to relax or travel the local area with your fellow volunteers.

Work days consist of an early start and morning meetings to review the days’ goals, loading equipment and traveling to the project site where you will work alongside the local community before returning to our base in the afternoon.

Accommodation is in a basic dormitory setting with communal living, kitchen and work areas.

Use your free weekends to scuba dive, snorkel, kayak, island hop and generally explore your fascinating surroundings and the Fijian culture.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life
  • Training on the design and implementation of rainwater catchment systems
  • A traditional Fijian Sevusevu ceremony and village visit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Details

The Dawasamu District is located in a remote region of Viti Levu and is comprised of seven villages. This collection of coastal and highland villages rely almost entirely upon agriculture for both sustenance and income. Available education and resulting opportunities are limited and with growing pressures on natural assets such as coral reefs and forests due to climate change and deforestation more awareness and support is now needed to preserve the way of life.

The Fiji Construction program utilizes volunteer support to help improve access to safe drinking water, diversify diet and agriculture, improve systems of waste-management, combat erosion, and improve village infrastructure.

Some other tasks and activities that you could be involved in may also include village awareness workshops; local village assessments, and project design.

How this project makes a difference:

The people of the coastal Dawasamu District face many challenges. Many villages do not have access to a constant supply of fresh water, lack a sustainable source of income, and would benefit from further education in resource management.

In conjunction with The Dawasamu Environment Movement and Fiji Ministry of Youth and Sports, we assist with the assessment of village needs and help design and implement responsible and sustainable solutions.

Past construction projects have included – Rainwater Harvesting System construction, the building of a Primary school library, construction of a waste recycling collection station, and the construction of GVI Babale Base.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life
  • Training on the design and implementation of rainwater catchment systems
  • A traditional Fijian Sevusevu ceremony and village visit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.

Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with GVI. Our field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Fiji!

Optional Side Trips

Fiji is a beautiful and exotic destination where you will find picturesque beaches, world class dive sites, and Fiji’s famous culture of hospitality and warmth. As an island nation, many of your potential activities are water based!

Starting locally, in Dawasamu, just a short boat ride away you can visit the famous pod of dolphins that reside all year round on Moon Reef or hike into forests and swim in hidden waterfalls.

In the water, if not on our expedition and not dive qualified, enrol in a scuba diving course to the dive the various world class sites in Fiji, home to abundant marine life, colourful corals and steep drop-offs.

Get lucky with your dive, and visibility can exceed a massive 40m. But if you want to experience this closer to the surface you can snorkel in the crystal clear Pacific Ocean. And for some simple good old fashioned swimming, visit the Sawa-I-Lau limestone caves off the north coast of Nacula Island, one of the most famous natural attractions in Fiji.

Further Traveling Opportunities

A little further afield, the possibilities just keep on coming. Explore the town of Nadi with its bustling market, nearby hot springs at Sabeto or get a feel for the local atmosphere at a rugby match. Fiji’s capital city, Suva, is a city known for its relaxed atmosphere, energetic nightlife, large farmers market and atmospheric port. Here you can visit the Fiji Museum where you can find ancient tribal artefacts, one of the best exhibitions on tribal art in the Pacific, or read up on Fiji’s cannibal past. From Pacific Harbour, join a river safari into the heart of Fiji or dive with bull sharks in Bega Lagoon, one of the world’s most famous shark dives.

Staying on dry land, you might consider a trip to Sigatoka National Park where you’ll find a miniature desert of rolling sand dunes or a more relaxing option would be the Coral Coast and the Kula Eco Park, Fiji’s only wildlife park.

The Team

Lauren Bird
Operations Manager

Meet Lauren, Our Operations Manager in Fiji. ‘Laurence’ as she’s known in Fiji was amongst our first ever group of volunteers on our Fiji project when it started.

What does she enjoy doing when she’s not working? ”I like to relax and go swimming, or spend time in Silana village, drinking tea with the local families that we’ve come to know, spending time playing with the kids or just sitting round the kava bowl listening to Fijian music.”

What does Lauren think volunteers bring to the project? “The volunteers are the eyes and ears in the classroom every day, enabling us to gather a wealth of information on every single pupil. Some of the best ideas for improving our program have come from volunteers too.

Katie Drakeford
Base Manager

Meet Katie, our Base Manager in Yasawa. She worked for British Colombia’s Ministry of Forestry before volunteering with us in Fiji, her favorite place in the world, and staying on as a staff member.

Katie’s highlights since working for GVI? “Having a chance to learn and experience so many new things and find what I’m passionate about. Also seeing the way volunteers are so positively affected and changed by their experience here – it’s amazing. I also love the opportunities I get to contribute to research projects and to work with the communities.”

What does Katie have to say about volunteers in Yasawa? “The majority of volunteers come with skills and knowledge that greatly contribute to the success and maintenance of the projects. We continuously get new perspectives on our work, which is crucial to our development.”

Daniel Lund
Country Director

Meet Dan, our Country Director in Fiji. A former freelance journalist and travel writer for the Penguin Rough Guide, Dan is quite the outdoorsman. When not working, he enjoys the amazing diving around Fiji, working on his underwater photography and exploring Viti levu on his dirt bike.

What does Dan think volunteers bring to the table? “They both power and define the projects.  Every day we have volunteers teaching and interacting with a few hundred children, volunteer divers surveying reefs and collecting data, hands fixing rainwater harvesting systems and planting vegetables, as well as cooking, cleaning and generally running our little villages.”

Dan’s favorite part of his job? The motivational aspect. “I enjoy visiting the communities we’ve impacted and hearing the villagers talk about the experience they’ve had with our volunteers and projects – this is usually the most significant motivational aspect of my job.”

Emma Miller
Country Expert

Meet Emma, our fiery American redhead. She’s been a diving addict since age 12, which, combined with her studies in sociology and environmental studies, made volunteering on our Seychelles Marine Conservation project perfect for her. “I loved GVI’s combination of diving, marine research, conservation and sustainable tourism”. Obviously we couldn’t let her get away.

‘M&M’ as she’s also known (she’s an addict) makes a mean jalapeño margarita and is often likened to Robin from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ “Only with fabulous red hair!” Our favorite story about M&M – which we have on video – is a monkey stealing her banana in Indonesia, climbing onto her shoulder and proceeding to pee on her whilst eating said banana.

What does Emma love about being at HQ? “During the day everyone is hardworking, committed, and creative.  On the weekends we all get along well and spend our time exploring Cape Town and everything it has to offer!”

James McKie
Country Expert

Meet James, HQ’s social officer. He’s often likened to a minion from ‘Despicable Me’ “It must be because I’m sweet and work so hard…” He decided to join GVI because of our dedication to sustainability, numerous achievements and fantastic reviews. “It was a no-brainer!”

One of James’ claims to fame is that he played golf with Henry Cooper – the only person to ever knock out Mohamed Ali. “I obviously had to let him win”. He also knows everything there is to know about Fiji, eev.ra.thang.

A great story about James is the one about the Man Overboard alarm… Everyone in his group came rushing over, super relieved to find that it wasn’t him, it had just been a practice alarm. “I’m still confused about why, out of an entire boat load of people, they assumed it was me who had gone overboard…”

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life
  • Training on the design and implementation of rainwater catchment systems
  • A traditional Fijian Sevusevu ceremony and village visit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Our Impact

Location

Fiji Islands

Our programs here are based in two stunning locations. One in the Yasawa Islands, a chain of rugged islands, known for their white sand beaches and crystal clear lagoons. A 5-hour journey from the mainland, our base is on Nanuya Lai Lai Island, on the edge of a picturesque blue lagoon. The second is in the Dawasamu District on Viti Levu, remote and known for its proximity to Moon Reef and its resident pod of Spinner Dolphins. Based in the villages of Silana and Natalei, this is a perfect location to experience true Fijian life, in an amazing region defined by dense jungle, volcanic mountainsides and the tribal culture of Tailevu Province.

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