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Overview of Volunteer Programs in Fiji

Fiji is an archipelago of 333 sun-kissed, picture perfect islands tucked away in the South Pacific, close to Australia and New Zealand. It’s famed for its rugged landscape of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and eco-activities from mountain climbing and surfing to soft-coral diving and zip-lining. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain the lion’s share of the population, meaning much of the country is uncrowded. As the country now diversifies into small-scale industries, the economy is strengthened and revenues provide for expanded public works, infrastructure, health, medical services and education. The country’s central position in the region has been strengthened by recent developments in sea and air communications and transport. Today, Fiji plays a major role in regional affairs and is recognized as the focal point of the South Pacific.

WHY VOLUNTEER IN FIJI

Volunteering in Fiji offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich cultural tapestry of the Pacific Islands while making a meaningful impact. The archipelago, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and hospitable locals, faces several challenges, including environmental concerns, educational disparities, and health issues. Volunteers can engage in various projects ranging from marine conservation, teaching in rural schools, to community development, ensuring that their efforts align with the needs and aspirations of the local communities.

Furthermore, volunteering in Fiji fosters personal growth, broadens horizons, and nurtures a global perspective. It allows participants to cultivate a deep appreciation for diverse cultures and practices, while also forging lifelong friendships and memories. Engaging directly with the Fijian communities provides an authentic and enriching experience, enabling volunteers to understand the intricate dynamics of island life and the importance of sustainable practices, making it a truly transformative journey for both the individual and the community.

HIGHLIGHTS OF VOLUNTEERING IN FIJI

Here are just a few of the best things about volunteer work in Fiji:

  • Fiji’s 300 islands offer endless opportunities for exploration and adventure, from discovering remote villages to snorkeling and diving in pristine underwater ecosystems.
  • Make a positive impact on local communities through projects focused on education, healthcare, infrastructure, and sustainable livelihoods, leaving a lasting legacy.
  • Immerse yourself in Fijian cuisine, savoring fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and traditional dishes while learning about the cultural significance of food in Fiji.
  • Trek through lush rainforests, explore hidden waterfalls, and witness breathtaking vistas from elevated viewpoints, discovering the natural beauty of Fiji.

Our Fiji Volunteer Projects

Browse all of our volunteer projects in Fiji below. If you can’t find a suitable volunteer program, check out our main program finder to continue your search for volunteering beyond Fiji.

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Coral Coast Culture Week Volunteer in Fiji

Culture Week is a great way to get acclimated and get to know other volunteers before starting your project! During this week, we'll introduce you to Fiji's diverse geographical and cultural environment by fostering a deeper understanding of cultural similarities and differences through experiential learning.

Coral Coast Culture Week Volunteer in Fiji

Culture Week is a great way to get acclimated and get to know other volunteers before starting your project! During this week, we’ll introduce you to Fiji’s diverse geographical and cultural environment by fostering a deeper understanding of cultural similarities and differences through experiential learning. Various crafts give Fiji a unique identity that along with traditional etiquette and local architecture tells a story of culture and its evolution over time. You will be invited to join a kava ceremony, visit the Fijian markets, attend a weaving class, learn the Fijian language, take a cooking class, and get to know your fellow volunteers and more about the projects. The week consists o

Location

About Coral Coast

Known as Fiji’s adventure capital, Coral Coast is the coastline connecting Suva and Sigatoka, stretching over a large area along the Southeast coast of Fiji. The area lives up to its reputation as a spot for adrenaline junkies, offering a wide variety of activities to get your heart racing, from surfing and shark feeding to four-wheel-drive tours. For a more laid-back experience try a round of golf on the championship course, or enjoy a spot of fishing. Offering lush rainforests, rivers and waterfalls at your back door and a beach looking across to Beqa Island which is world famous for fire walking.

Dates & costs

The World Endeavors Volunteer in Fiji program is flexible in duration, and can be tailored to last between 1 to 12 weeks. Admissions are rolling, and World Endeavors volunteers can choose when they would like to start their program. Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to volunteer at a specific location or in a specific project.

When you are ready to start planning your volunteer trip to Fiji, contact us. Our experienced advisors will help you sort through any timing considerations unique to your destination or your volunteer project.

Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.

First Week: $3,390 | Each Additional Week: $1,490

Eligibility

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, though exceptions to this age requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in the culture.
  • Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.

Housing

Volunteers stay in a shared volunteer house and stay in shared rooms by gender. Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner are typical Fijian style.

Every World Endeavors Volunteer Project Includes

Our carefully designed international volunteer programs encompass everything necessary for your success and well-being while abroad.

YOUR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

  • Volunteer project customized to match your interests and goals and meet community needs
  • Year-round program availability
  • Flexible durations from 2 to 12 weeks

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

ACCOMMODATION

  • Host family or shared volunteer house, depending on destination
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind
  • 2 to 3 meals per day included

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator
  • Volunteer project supervisor

RE-ENTRY AND CAREER INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN FIJI

In your spare time in Fiji, there are plenty of enjoyable activities and experiences to pursue. Here are some suggestions:

  • Experience Fijian Culture: Engage with the warm and friendly locals to experience Fijian culture. Participate in traditional ceremonies, enjoy Fijian dance performances, and savor local cuisine.
  • Visit Local Markets: Head to local markets like Suva Municipal Market or Nadi Market to immerse yourself in the Fijian way of life and purchase handicrafts and fresh produce.
  • Explore Underwater Life: Fiji is a diver’s paradise with vibrant coral reefs and abundant marine life. Take part in snorkeling or scuba diving to witness the colorful underwater world.
  • Trek Through Nature: Embark on hiking adventures to explore Fiji’s lush rainforests, waterfalls, and volcanic landscapes. Trails like the Colo-I-Suva Forest Park offer picturesque views.

How to choose the best volunteer program

Choosing your volunteer program is easy when you evaluate your priorities. Follow these steps to guide you toward your ideal program.

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Recent Volunteer Abroad Testimonials

Nadia SVolunteer in Argentina

I did a volunteer program in Argentina and I had a wonderful time! I loved the organization that I was placed with and I received great support from start to finish by the World Endeavors team. The program has such great flexibility when it comes to start/finish dates, location options and volunteer opportunities; it's gave me the ability to truly make the experience my own. I'd highly recommend it and will definitly be doing it again.

Autumn RVolunteer in Costa Rica

Amazing experience from start to finish! Everyone involved in the process both here in the states and while abroad was fantastic and readily available when I had any questions!

Arielle TVolunteer in Fiji

I loved every bit of it. I thought it was perfectly balanced between work and having time to go off and explore and hang out with friends I made. I loved the program coordinator, who was one of the ones staying at the house and went off to school with us. I didn’t really have any expectations going in but was completely blown away.

Shannon MVolunteer in Ghana

The World Endeavors program allowed me to venture into a culture and community other than my own and gain the world of experience by doing so. Never in a million years would I have imagined traveling and meeting such amazing souls, and seeing the world through different eyes. I am grateful for the opportunity, and encourage any and all persons to take a trip no matter how long with the program. The advisors are with you every step of the way and will be sure to have u prepared before departure and while you are in your country of choice.

Sara PVolunteer in India

This summer I went to Jaipur, India, to work in a lower income neighborhood with women and children to better their conditions. The experience has been incredible both on the professional side and on the emotional one. The whole experience has fullfilled my soul with many memories and much more knowledge! Thanks to World Endeavors which has helped me with every single detail before, during and after my trip!

Jay CVolunteer in Nepal

After Culture Week, I have been at the monastery for a week. So far, I am having a great time. I have been teaching, taking part in daily rituals, and learning about Buddhism and its philosophical endeavors. It has been lovely!

Fiji FAQs

How Many Islands Are There in Fiji?

Fiji is an archipelago with over 330 islands, although the exact number can vary depending on factors like tides and weather conditions. These islands are located in the South Pacific Ocean and are known for their stunning natural beauty, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs. While there are hundreds of islands in Fiji, not all are inhabited or accessible to tourists.

When is the best time to travel to Fiji?

The best time to visit Fiji is during its dry season, from late April to early October when the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities.

Is Fiji safe to travel?

Fiji is generally considered safe for travelers. It’s a popular tourist destination known for its warm hospitality. However, like any place, there are some safety considerations to remember:
Be cautious of petty theft in crowded areas.
Follow local customs and traditions.
Stay updated on weather conditions, especially during cyclone season.
It’s also wise to refer to the travel advisories from your government before your trip.

Do I need a visa to travel to Fiji?

Visa requirements for Fiji vary by nationality and stay purpose. Many countries have visa-free access for tourism remains up to 4 months. For all World Endeavors programs, our advisors will provide you with detailed requirements and help you to process the right visa for your stay in Fiji.

Is Fiji an expensive place to travel?

Fiji can be relatively expensive for travelers, especially compared to some neighboring countries. Accommodation, dining, and activities can contribute to costs. However, budget options are available, and prices vary based on location, season, and preferences. Planning, researching, opting for local eateries, and considering package deals can help manage expenses while enjoying Fiji’s beauty.

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You’ve decided to volunteer abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. We can’t wait to get you on your way!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
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