Fiji: Children of the South Pacific™

Highlights

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

On This Program you will...

“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.

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

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.

Immersive 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.

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.

Program Type

Are you passionate about improving the lives of children?
  • Tutor abroad and provide education to children at school and outside the classroom
  • Be a friend and role model to the youngest generation
  • Inspire local children to dream big and achieve their ambitions
  • Leave a lasting impact on the community through infrastructure improvements at local schools

Dates & Tuition

Fiji

Children of the South Pacific™

21-Day Flagship Program
2020 Dates
 June 18 – July 8, 2020
 July 12 – August 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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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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