Who else is going?
You will live, work and travel in a team of young, enthusiastic, slightly nervous, fresh thinking and likeminded people. We aim for a fair mix of male and female volunteers and most are aged 17 -25. Our projects are very popular for gap year students taking a year out before university, recent graduates and young career breakers who are looking to gain added skills and unique experiences before they climb the career ladder. All our volunteers have the same things in common – a sense of adventure, a passion for making a positive contribution to meaningful volunteer projects, and a desire to experience the real Fiji!
What will my accommodation be like?
During our Fijian expeditions you will stay with a local Fijian family, with your fellow team mates living close by in the same village. Accommodations in village homestays in Fiji are basic, often with cold bucket showers and limited electricity. Fijians have a well deserved reputation for being the friendliest people on earth. Doors are seldom closed and the warmth and generosity of families who have next to nothing is incredibly humbling. In the evenings, everyone comes together to cook dinner, play cards, strum the guitar, and discuss village affairs around the kava bowl. During our rest and relaxation phase, accommodations are bures (grass huts) on castaway islands and good quality backpacker beach resorts.
What will the food be like?
Food during our projects is basic but healthy and wholesome with fresh fish or chicken and hearty root crops. Food is provided during all our our expeditions. During your volunteer phase in Fiji you will eat with your host families and sample traditional meals with your Fijian family. During the R&R phase and briefing, food will be locally prepared by resort staff.
Where are the volunteer projects located?
We visit different islands in Fiji, and this is dictated by our local partners and the current needs of the communities. Our focus is upon the poorer villages in the Lomaiviti Province, where the need for development projects and assistance is vital.
How much time will I spend volunteering?
Your volunteer involvement is normally 5 days per week, for about 5 hours per day. Volunteers usually prefer to 'rotate' through the different volunteer aims so you can divide your day; building in the morning, teaching in the afternoon and organising sports coaching sessions in the afternoon for example. Weekends are generally village time. There might be the occasional Fijian Wedding to attend, a national celebration day or a local festival. But most volunteers spend their free time in the jungle plantations, fishing alongside their Fijian families or just resting in the village. Sunday is Sabbath in the village, which means wonderful Fijian singing from the local church and huge lovo feasts.
Louise, LeedsFiji is just beautiful and Fijian children are simply adorable, there is nothing more fulfilling than being responsible for that beaming smile.