Fiji: Service Adventure in Oceania

Highlights

  • Wake up daily in the tropics, surrounded by beaches and lush rainforest
  • Volunteer on project teams to impact the livelihood of surrounding communities
  • Snorkel along coral reefs teeming with exotic fish and majestic manta rays
  • Dine under the stars on a remote island
  • Live steps away from the beach
  • Learn about village life and connect with the locals
  • Experience Fijian culture, food, music and dance firsthand

Overview

These islands are some of the most remote places on Earth. Fiji is indeed a tropical paradise, yet it is also a country with tremendous need. Learn about the settlement of the Pacific – how great explorers crossed thousands of miles of ocean from what is now Tanzania, by canoe, to settle here. Watch the vast Pacific Ocean devour the setting sun each night. Connect with a culture unlike any other. Fijian music and dance has a rhythm all its own. Volunteer in village schools facing challenges in providing quality education to children. Work with organizations to protect the environment and combat deforestation. Uncover the complexities of each challenge as you play games with the children, marvel at the diversity of the rainforest, and swim alongside majestic sea life.

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Community Service

Fiji is known for its scenery, but underneath the beauty you will discover that communities are working hard to keep education a focus while maintaining resources on a limited landscape. Volunteer projects will immerse you into a whole new world outlook as you create meaningful relationships with the local community. Learn how the geographical distribution of this population limits access to resources. While collaborating with locals, you’ll learn about solutions through hands on assistance. You may be placed in an education group, where you will become a friend and role model to local child as you teach lessons and improve the learning environment at their school, or be part of a marine team as you monitor and collect data for ongoing research to establish a marine sanctuary. You will construct and maintain water filtration systems, or implement food sustainability projects to help combat malnutrition on the islands. No matter which team you’re a part of, you’ll be assisting rural island communities in protecting their way of life for generations.

Hands-On Learning

Fiji’s extreme remoteness presents a way of life vastly different from any other part of the world—every day is a chance to learn from its rustic, community-based culture. You’ll have opportunities to watch and listen as ancient stories and legends unfold through traditional song and dance. Meet with village leaders and community members to discuss critical issues facing their families. Learn jewelry-making using coconuts, the steps of the traditional dance Meke, and the effects of invasive species and climate change on the South Pacific. The ocean is truly the binding element for Fijian society. You will be based on a remote, ocean influenced, island environment!

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Adventure

Life in Fiji is a daily aquatic adventure. Glide by boat over crystal blue waters and swim alongside pods of peaceful manta rays. Boat rides will be a part of almost every day! After service, you can snorkel over coral reefs teeming with colorful fish as you explore the beauty of the coral’s shapes and colors. Visit a hot natural mud pool and soak in its nourishing powers. Hike to high mountain outlook points in the island chain and see the beautiful ocean islands below. Experience the vastness of the universe as you gaze at more stars than you’ve ever seen at once. Students should be relatively comfortable in the water to get the most out of this program.

Lodging

The main GLA Home Base in Fiji is located on an island in the Yasawa archipelago , steps away from the ocean. Students live with roommates in in gender-segregated beachside lodging with cold-water showers. While living conditions are simple, you will quickly discover the rhythm of daily Fijian life. Most of the area surrounding the home base is sandy and lush with palm trees. There are hammocks scattered around the property and sunrise/set is one of the most incredible sights you can see!

Dates & Tuition

Service Adventure in Oceania
Duration: 11 Days
Tuition: $2,399
Student/Staff Ratio:
Max Capacity: 30
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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