Fiji: Children of the South Pacific

Powerful seeds of opportunity await your planting in this Pacific paradise.

Highlights

  • Help teach at a children’s summer camp
  • Wake up every day on a remote island surrounded by coconut trees
  • Get your mud on at a natural mud pool
  • Hike to a mountaintop on the Yasawa islands
  • Snorkel along coral reefs teeming with exotic fish

Overview

“Bula!” This is the greeting you’ll hear again and again from native Fijians. Even on the extremely remote Yasawa Islands where many villages are impoverished, you’d have a hard time finding a more warm and welcoming people. Life revolves around the ocean and community—old and young live together, and large gatherings are a constant occurrence. You’ll live and volunteer where there are no roads, cars, banks or shops. Immerse yourself in the simple village life and experience Fiji’s fascinating culture as you work on projects aimed at improving opportunities for children and achieving sustainability for the remote community.

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Community Service

While the Yasawa Islands are beautiful, daily village life isn’t quite the paradise that first meets the eye. The community struggles day-to-day with shortages of clean drinking water, little to no health services or facilities, lack of educational support, and no sustainable way forward that will accommodate growth. In Fiji, you’ll help with several high-impact projects that can improve opportunities for the island’s youth long-term: Deliver a summer education curriculum, practice reading aloud one-on-one, and inspire your students to value their education at an early age in order to become successful learners and productive citizens.

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 that they are facing. Make jewelry using coconuts, learn the steps of the traditional dance Meke and the effects of invasive species and climate change on the South Pacific.

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Adventure

Life in Fiji is an aquatic adventure. Glide by boat over the South Pacific and swim alongside pods of peaceful Manta rays. Snorkel over coral reefs abundant with colorful fish. Visit a natural hot mud pool and soak in its nourishing powers. Hike to a high outlook point in the island chain and see the beautiful 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

Home Base in Fiji is located on a private beach, steps away from the ocean. Students live with roommates in gender-segregated lodging with cold-water showers. While living conditions are simple, you will quickly embrace the easy pace and rhythm of daily Fiji island life.

Dates & Tuition

Children of the South Pacific
Duration:
Tuition: $-3
Student/Staff Ratio: -
Max Capacity: Please Inquire (Minimum Group Size: 12)
Community Service Hours:
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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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