Enjoy a journey to the islands of Fiji and volunteer on waste management plan initiatives or assisting with the construction of the village's recycling infrastructure. You can look forward to taking in the stunning scenery, dolphin watching, and exploring the local waterfalls and beaches, an a fun-filled adventure trip.
You will live on our base on the culturally rich Tailevu province of Fiji’s island of Viti Levu, and get to experience the idyllic traditional island life. You will be working alongside local people on a range of community development initiatives. As a hands-on member of the team you will be involved with a diverse variety of key initiatives involving themes such as recycling practices, waste management and basic infrastructure improvements.
The dramatic Fijian landscape is defined by: sweeping volcanic hillsides, dense jungle, fresh water waterfalls, extensive beaches and colourful coral reefs. In this picturesque environment you will set to work helping community members to develop important infrastructure for future generations.
Directly participating in a range of activities, which may include implementing a Clean village project; introducing a locally developed waste management plan; constructing a village recycling drop off point and associated infrastructure; and carrying out workshops to help address the unique challenges the villages may face with waste management. You can look forward to a fun filled adventure trip, spending time on stunning remote island locations with beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery!
"After my first visit to Fiji, I had to return, the country, culture and people have found their way into my heart."
What's Not Included
Depending on your start date, you will get involved in a variety of different activities on this program. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome orientation covering health and safety and cultural awareness. Throughout your stay you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the local culture through language lessons and traditional ceremonies.
Volunteers will be directly implementing a Clean village project with the assistance of local community members. This entails working with a local village community in rural Fiji to introduce a locally developed waste management plan that has been developed over several years in close partnership with communities in the neighbouring district. Volunteers will also help construct a village recycling drop off point and associated infrastructure which will enable village households to properly dispose of recyclable waste. You will also help carry out workshops to help address the unique challenges the villages may face with waste management, introducing recycling to the community, the benefits of better managing community waste and the impacts of waste on both people and the environment. The weekends will be spent as a group enjoying the local sites and learning about the local environment and cultures.
What's Not Included
The support you will provide goes a long way to improving the lives of the local people. Through developing waste management plans and recycling projects you can make a real contribution to this program.
Our short, mid, and long-term objectives:
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be helping to contribute to:
1. Improving waste management in the area by developing community- based waste management solutions
2. Introducing and promoting the principles of better health practices, including WaSH and First Aid
3. Create alternative livelihood projects which can help women generate income within the village
4. Improving English literacy levels and implementing holistic educational techniques into the learning environment
What's Not Included
Although this trip follows a structured itinerary, don’t think you won’t be seeing and doing some amazing things! Speak to your country expert to find out more about the optional side trips your group could participate in while in Fiji
Included Side Trips
You will embark on a tropical island adventure after the project. Travel to Leleuvia Island in the Lomaiviti Group for a host of activities (water sports like snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding) and to learn a bit more about the rich, fascinating history of the Fiji islands. This may include talks about traditional practices and side trips - including an island trek on the neighboring island of Ovalau - the ancestral capital of Fiji. The final day will involve a fair bit of travel as we make our way back to Nadi Bay, in preparation for a group farewell meal.
Program Manager Caqalai
Meet Claire, our Program Manager on our Caqalai Base in Fiji. Claire received her degree in agricultural and environmental sciences and is also an avid diver and marine conservationist.
She has lived and worked on various continents around the globe and has extensive experience in the diving industry.
While travelling Claire has come across earthquakes, cyclones, volcanoes and pirates!!! Talk about living on the edge! Working for GVI is an adventure in itself, luckily not the dangerous kind. She was first attracted by GVI because of our good reputation within the industry and she likes the fact that we employ, train and give back to the communities that we work in.
Meet Zara, our awesome Operations Manager here in Fiji. Zara started out as an eager education volunteer right here in Fiji back in 2014 and she was impressed by the stunning location in Fiji and GVI's volunteering ethos. She has been with us ever since and has worked her way up to Operations Manager, overseeing all the logistics on our base.
Zara is a water baby and she loves to get into the water for a dive/swim at any opportunity I can. As a GVI staff member in Fiji, she gets the opportunity to dive into the South Pacific paradise often. "When your job doesn’t feel like a job because you are getting the opportunity to do what you love is a blessing! GVI is a one big family based organisation and I appreciate working for a company who believes in working together with communities there is a grassroots non-hierarchy approach. This approach I believe is a fantastic way of successfully delivering volunteering projects."
Meet Michele, our brilliant program manager in Fiji. She has a lot of travel experience in the US around Europe. She volunteered for one year in Mombasa Kenya on the childcare programme, became Project Manager for three years and worked in South Africa on an under 18's programme.
She loves GVI because ''this job gives me the opportunity to work with people who volunteer from all around the world and being able to work alongside individuals who had the same drive and passion as me, willingness to give up their time, share their skills and knowledge to assist the schools and the community groups we work with.
I have had the honour to work with some amazing partners in different countries who have welcomed me into their communities and let me be a part of their lives , giving me the opportunity to grow and learn. Their strength and their faith and their beliefs that all things can be achieved if you have hope will always stay with me.''
Dane Lee Marx
Meet Dane, GVI's cheerful country director for Fiji. He has spent several years as the Conservation and Ecology Manager on Frégate Island, a small private island in the Seychelles. There he had been fortunate to have overseen and implemented projects ranging from monitoring and protection of rare birds, invertebrates and sea turtles to wide-scale habitat restoration as well as management of significant operations responsibilities.
After leaving that position he took a year off to do some travelling – six months of flyfishing, camping and exploring new Zealand, visiting some friends and family in Australia, and some exceptional diving and island hopping in Indonesia. He holds a BSc in Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, an Hons. in Zoology, and a MSc in Conservation Biology.
For him, GVI is an exciting organisation as it carries out an impressive range of high impact, grass-roots level projects in some of the most interesting locations across the globe. This and the combined focus on both community based development and a deep seated conservation aligned perfectly with his own interests and passions.
Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.
When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!