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Fiji: Marine & Environmental Conservation™

Fiji: Marine & Environmental Conservation™

Voyage to beautiful Fiji, where you’ll learn to protect its abundant ocean life and discover an ancient island culture.

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Highlights

  • Live in bungalows on a remote South Pacific beach
  • Learn to collect data on marine biodiversity
  • Contribute to a critical coral restoration project
  • Observe and help with ongoing research that will be used to establish new marine protected areas
  • Snorkel in a sacred, hidden sea cave
  • Hike to a panoramic viewpoint of Fiji’s beautiful island chain

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Overview

Dive into crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific! Assist with marine ecology research and restoration projects while based on Nacula, a hilly volcanic island of Fiji. Blanketed with rugged hills and soft peaks, the island’s interior is laced with well-trodden paths leading to villages and small coves, where you’ll live and breathe traditional Fijian culture and participate in marine-based volunteer service projects. Work actively to support marine conservation while learning more about the effects of climate change on this unique and delicate environment.

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Community Service

Fiji’s coastal ecology is threatened by external forces like climate change and overfishing. Learn about the negative effects these have on marine sustainability by working on a data collection project that contributes to a long-term study led by the University of the South Pacific. This ongoing research will help better local communities’ and your own understanding of areas that need protection. Plant mangroves to mitigate heavy coastal erosion in some areas, participate in coral restoration projects and promote sustainable use of sensitive ecological resources. Finally, spend time in the local villages presenting your findings to schoolchildren, elders and community leaders.

Hands-On Learning

Fiji’s remoteness presents a way of life vastly different from many other parts of the world—every day is a chance to learn from its enchanting, community-based culture. You’ll have opportunities to watch and listen as ancient stories and legends unfold through song and dance. Visit the village markets and participate in a lovo, a traditional feast cooked in the earth. Learn jewelry-making using coconuts, try the steps of the traditional meke dance, and pick up some conversational Fijian.

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Adventure

Based on a remote island in the endless South Pacific, you’ll be hard-pressed to spend a day without adventure. Hike to Nacula’s highest point, where you‘ll take in the breathtaking 360-degree view of neighboring islands below. During your downtime, launch kayaks into the private cove right by Home Base, and enjoy snorkeling nearly every day, including excursions to two world class locations: the famed Blue Lagoon, and the more hidden Sawa-i-Lau sea cave, a spot sacred to locals and regarded as the resting place of Ulutini, an ancient Fijian god.

Lodging

Home Base in Fiji is a locally-owned lodge made up of renovated bungalows on the beach. Gather at an open-air common area for meals and evening sessions and enjoy living steps from the water. Students will share bungalows with three to four roommates and have access to ensuite bathrooms with Western style toilets and cold-water showers. Kayaks are also available at Home Base for students to use during downtime, under staff supervision.

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Dates & Tuition

Fiji: Marine & Environmental Conservation™ 14-Day Program
2018 Dates
Jun 18 - Jul 1, 2018
Jul 5 - Jul 18, 2018
Jul 21 - Aug 3, 2018
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,699
Student/Staff Ratio: 6:1
Community Service Hours: 24
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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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.

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