Volunteer Work Abroad Since 1997

Study and help protect spinner dolphins in Fiji on a long running conservation project

Program Overview

Play a vital and active role in the research and conservation of the incredible spinner dolphin amongst the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of Fiji.

While on this project you will work directly with our conservation team as you track, monitor and study the dolphins’ behaviour.

The project is run in conjunction with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, and research collected is shared with other organisations worldwide in order to inform marine conservation policies and management.

Our base is situated on Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island in the unique location of Moon Reef, famous as the only place in Fiji where spinner dolphins are seen using a reef system as a critical resting habitat every day of the year.

Highlights Include: Living and working in the traditional Fijian community of Nataleira, contributing to critically important research of Spinner dolphins, helping to organize and deliver environmental education workshops, exploring Fiji to see beautiful sights, island hopping, visiting waterfalls, scuba diving, snorkelling, taking part in traditional Fijian ceremonies, climbing volcanoes, enjoying breathtaking scenery, saying Bula to everyone, meeting inspirational people, making lifelong friends, loving Fiji!


We are always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to join our team. This project offers qualifying and high-performing volunteers the chance to stay on the project for a longer duration on a GVI Scholarship free of charge and as part of the staff team in the field. If you would like to work towards a field career and make the very most of your time abroad, you might want to work towards a place on a GVI Scholarship. Successful scholars may find themselves offered full time employment with GVI, and many of our current staff have come through this route. Contact us for more information!

 Please note, the awarding of scholarships is at the sole discretion of GVI and may be offered immediately after the completion of your program or at a later date. 

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Our projects are constantly evolving according to the needs on the ground at any given time. All the information displayed here will give you an overall feel for the project, but you should be prepared for any changes in the field when you travel. An evolving project means that we can constantly meet the needs and requirements of our partners, who dictate the work that we do. The way it should be.

Life on the Program

On the project you will be conducting dolphin research five days a week at Moon Reef while also paying weekly visits to local schools in the community to assist in the running of Environmental Awareness Programs.

You will have free time in the afternoons and weekends to explore the surrounding area, visit local villages, swim and snorkel on the reefs or trek in the beautiful forested hills of Dawasamu.

Your accommodation will be with the rest of the team in an eco-lodge built with stunning views of the ocean just a short distance away. Owned and operated by the local community, all your meals are home-cooked by the friendly local staff.

Project Details

This project is made up of two main initiatives; the study and recording of the behaviour of the spinner dolphin in order to compile important conservation data; and, the environmental awareness program that we conduct with students in local schools.

While on dolphin surveys activities will include taking photo-identification images, making acoustic recordings, photo cataloging and recording behavioural observations.

Our team in the field will provide you with all the necessary training and techniques in order to be fully prepared to be able to contribute to the research. In training sessions you will cover a range of subjects and presentations that will include dolphin biology and identification, marine protected area management issues and Fijian culture related to conservation surveying techniques.

How this project makes a difference:

Although this project’s research is focused on identifying and studying the behavior of Spinner dolphins, with the addition of our local awareness campaign, we aim to help the local community learn to protect the whole of their marine biodiversity.  In this way these communities can guarantee food and economic security for future generations.


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Program Cost

  • £1345.00
  • €1614.00


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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Arrival orientation
  • 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

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