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Volunteer and Intern in Fiji

Overview
  • Location: Nadi, Pacific Harbour
  • Accommodation: Host families, volunteer houses (Conservation volunteers only)
  • Local languages: Fijian & English
Country Info

Getting involved in a Projects Abroad volunteer project or internship in Fiji is a chance for anyone with a passion for helping others to give back to disadvantaged communities on this stunning Pacific island archipelago. Whether you are on a gap year, career break, or looking for a meaningful summer experience during a semester break, volunteering with Projects Abroad gives you the chance to live and work alongside local people.

Many tourists arrive into Nadi's international airport before flying or catching a boat straight on to their choice of island paradise. However, it is the poorer areas of Fiji's villages and towns which are most in need of volunteer help. Unfortunately, very little of Fiji's income from tourism and sugar trade makes it to the people in these poor communities. This is where you can have a positive impact as a volunteer.

An abundance of forest, mineral, and fish resources have given Fiji a high level of development but there is still a significant amount of need in some areas. Volunteers can make a difference working with children and the elderly in care homes, helping students develop their language skills, or contributing to the protection and preservation of marine wildlife.

Where You Will Live in Fiji with Projects Abroad

A village building gets a fresh coat of paint from Projects Abroad Fiji volunteers.

Projects Abroad Fiji is based on the largest island, Viti Levu. This island is referred to as the “mainland” by inhabitants of Fiji's hundreds of smaller islands. Our volunteer projects and internships are located in and around the town of Nadi on the west coast of the island, and the Conservation project is based out of Pacific Harbour on the south coast.

Unless you are doing the Conservation project, you will live with a local host family who will provide warm Fijian hospitality and you will find you rapidly integrate into the local community. Volunteers on the Conservation project will stay in shared villa accommodation in Pacific Harbour.

Fiji is world famous for its perfect white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. However, its rugged emerald green interior with extinct volcanoes and cascading waterfalls is also worth exploring. Furthermore, the physical perfection of the islands is only half the story. Fiji's relaxed, charming, and gracious people will inspire you as much, if not more than the idyllic sunsets.

The population of Fiji is a complex mix of indigenous Fijians, Indo-Fijians, and descendants of Chinese traders. There are also other Pacific islanders and the British and European explorers and colonialists. Fiji was originally discovered by European explorers who stumbled upon the islands while trying to find Australia in the 17th century. As a volunteer living in Fiji for a longer period of time than most casual tourists you will have the chance to explore the many facets that make up modern Fijian culture. You will gain a deeper understanding of the issues affecting Fiji today.

Volunteer Vacations and Voluntourism in Fiji

A scenic view of a lake in Fiji.

Volunteers in Fiji are spoiled for choice when it comes to travel opportunities in the South Pacific, both on the weekends or after finishing your volunteering placement. The island of Viti Levu, where Projects Abroad is based, is great for exploring on weekends. There are opportunities for trekking in the dramatic highland interior, remote villages, and regular colorful festivals. These will introduce you to the music and customs of traditional Fijian life.

Explore a little further and join the hunt for the perfect beach. The South West of Viti Levu boasts the best of the island's beaches, with incredible scuba diving at the reefs at Nananu-i-Ra or at the Beqa lagoon. Or take a boat island hopping through the Mamanucas island chain, north west of Nadi for the ultimate in beach relaxation. It would take you months to explore all the islands, but travel through the archipelago has never been more accessible even for those on smaller budgets. So if you have the time, pack a hammock and sarong and head to Fiji to do some good in an island paradise.

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Most recent blogs from Fiji

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