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Fiji: Children of the South Pacific™

Fiji: Children of the South Pacific™

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

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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

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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, the community here struggles 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: Practice reading aloud one-on-one, and inspire your students to value their education at an early age in order to become 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 learn about 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 snorkel over coral reefs abundant with colorful fish. If you're lucky, you might swim alongside squadrons of peaceful Manta rays which migrate through the islands. Visit a natural hot mud pool and soak in its nourishing powers. Hike to an outlook point in the island chain and see the beautiful islands below. Students should be 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.

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Dates & Tuition

Fiji: Children of the South Pacific™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2020 Dates
Jun 18 - Jul 8, 2020
Jul 12 - Aug 1, 2020
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,399
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: N/A
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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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Sarah

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.

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