Fiji: Marine Conservation Expedition™

Highlights

Voyage to beautiful Fiji, where you’ll learn to protect its abundant ocean life and discover an ancient island culture.
  • Live in bungalows on a remote South Pacific beach
  • Learn to collect data on marine biodiversity
  • Contribute to a critical coral restoration project
  • 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

On This Program you will...

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 service projects. Work actively to support marine conservation while learning more about the effects of climate change on this unique and delicate environment.

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Fiji’s coastal ecology is threatened by external forces like climate change and overfishing. Learn about marine sustainability by working on an undersea data collection project. Plant mangroves to mitigate heavy coastal erosion, 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.

Immersive 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. Make jewelry using coconuts, try the steps of the traditional Meke dance, and pick up some conversational Fijian.

Adventure

When you live on a remote island in the South Pacific, each day is a new adventure. Hike to Nacula’s highest point, where you‘ll take in the breathtaking 360-degree view of neighboring islands. During your downtime, launch kayaks off of the private beach at 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.

Program Type

Are you passionate about marine life and preserving the environment?
  • Collect important biodiversity data to contribute to local research projects
  • Contribute to vital habitat restoration endeavors
  • Help to eliminate ocean contamination and its affect on local wildlife
  • Collaborate with experts on issues surrounding environmental protection

Dates & Tuition

Fiji

Marine Conservation Expedition™

14-Day Program
2020 Dates
 June 18 – July 1, 2020
 July 5 – July 18, 2020
 July 21 – August 3, 2020
 
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
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.

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