Fiji: Empowering Island Communities™
333 islands. One Pacific paradise. This is Fiji, where powerful seeds of opportunity await your planting.
- Wake up every day on a remote island surrounded by coconut trees
- Volunteer on a variety of sustainability projects
- Get your mud on at a natural mud pool
- Hike to an outlook point in the Yasawa islands
- Swim among manta rays
- Snorkel along coral reefs teeming with exotic fish
“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.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
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.
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.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
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.
The main GLA Home Base in Fiji is located on a private beach, 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.
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Dates & Tuition
Fiji: Empowering Island Communities™ 21-Day Program Flagship
|Jul 31 - Aug 20, 2017|
|Jun 18 - Jul 8, 2018|
|Jul 12 - Aug 1, 2018|
- All educational materials
- 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
We had an opportunity to shadow Fijian families in the village. After being greeted by a warm welcome, the families taught us how to cook, clean, and live a day in the life of a Fijian. We learned how to weave bracelets, cook cassava, and herd chickens. The experience was eye opening and life changing. Service work is exhausting, but more importantly, we’ve learned that it’s immensely rewarding.