Fiji: Children of the South Pacific

333 islands. One Pacific paradise. This is Fiji, where powerful seeds of opportunity await your planting.

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

“Bula!” This is the enthusiastic greeting you’ll hear again and again from native Fijians. Even on the extremely remote Yasawa Islands, where many regions are extremely poor, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more warm and welcoming people. Life revolves around the ocean and community—old and young live together, and large gatherings and ceremonies are a constant occurrence. Where you’ll live and volunteer, there are no roads, cars, banks or shops. Become part of this simple village life and experience Fiji’s fascinating culture as you work on projects aimed at achieving sustainability for this 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. As part of your high school volunteer abroad experience in Fiji, and depending on the needs and available resources at the time you arrive in Fiji, you’ll help with any one of several high-impact projects: delivering a summer education curriculum, reading one-on-one with children, refurbishing rainwater catchment systems, working on agricultural projects or helping with marine data collection.

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.

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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. 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 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

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

Children of the South Pacific
Duration: 10 Days
Tuition: $2,500
Student/Staff Ratio: -
Max Capacity: 30 (Minimum Group Size: 12)
Community Service Hours: 22
Language Hours: -
Additional Notes
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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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