Ethical Cost Breakdown
Transport – including airport or resort pick up, Project food & accommodation, Weekend activities including boat trips, truck transportation and any associated local fees or village contributions, Beach resorts for in-country Briefing & De-brief/ R&R, Nadi Beachside final evening. All In-country transport by bus or boat, Training materials, briefings and workshops, Project expenses (e.g village fuel, kerosine, sevu sevu), Leleuvia Castaway Island Briefing (2 month team), Additional days R&R (2 month team), 24 hour emergency support, Think Pacific sulu & t-shirt.
School, kindi and sports resources for volunteer project schools, School resources for 20,000 + children annually across rural areas (pencils, exercise books, teaching resources, sports donations) including those schools impacted by TC Winston, Community building achievement (planning, design, assessment, materials, transport, staff), Teacher training (ECE and ‘Educate the Educators’), Funding ECE provision for over 1,000 children annually, Running sports camps, tournaments, school participation costs, Implementing UNICEF Just Play Programme, Conducting WASH Surveys in rural areas (Water Sanitation & Hygiene) , Health advocacy, workshops and resources (medical provision to outer island clinics, ECG machines, health materials for schools), Ongoing Cyclone Relief (Food, clothing, distributing donations), Charity Reporting, assessment and audit , Providing local scholarships and Grants.
Expedition Leaders providing daily support & Project Managers overseeing project, Regulatory permits and Authority memberships (e.g FTRB), Fiji Communication, Fiji office running costs including print, post & stationary, Expedition kit, equipment and first aid, Government bonds and local permits, Transport and resources for sports outreaches, Expedition kit, equipment and first aid, Company liability insurance, Staff recruitment & Training, International bank fees.
Project site visits, Government Partner liaison and workshops, Community preparation, Risk assessments, Project reporting, NEC volunteer scheme and interns, Staff training, Systems Development.
Staffing, Equipment, Print, Postage, Office resources, Computers, IT, data base management, Software Systems, Phone management.
Research & New initiatives, Partnership building, local community and staff upskilling.
Advertising and online marketing, School outreach, University liaison for presentations and preparation talks
From the small daily interactions with the Fijian community, to those life changing moments. As a team, we grew so close and as a village we bonded as one big family. There’s not enough time to say all we achieved and experienced, but I will keep those memories throughout my life. Fiji is a truly amazing place and I’ve had the time of my life.
Think Pacific struck me as being an extremely caring organisation. I was nervous before I went but had phone calls before going out and you were able to email the team with any questions you had, however mundane you felt them to be. In Fiji, we were greeted by Lottie and Lee who were fantastic leaders! They were completely approachable. No tummy ache or random question was ever too much trouble for them. I would certainly recommend Think Pacific to anyone who is willing to get stuck in and has a positive attitude. I would go back in an instant. Hopefully, Fiji and Think Pacific haven’t seen the back of me yet!
The TP project was the most memorable trip of my life. The village experience is something that you cannot put into words. I found the hospitality and warmth of the Fijian community just breathtaking, and they truly accept you in as family. Think Pacific’s work with the village’s and the locals creates bonds that is passed down to the volunteers. We as volunteers are brought into the community and instantly feel at home, the communication before project between the team and the village causes the diffusion of tension and allows us to feel a part of our Fijian families instantly. Although looking into project I had the fear of moving into a home with strangers, this was never a concern once we entered the village. The kindness and love that your families give you, alongside the support of your leaders made me feel so safe in our little village. The community that you are apart of, with all the volunteers is one that sticks with you for life. The follow up contact that we have with Think Pacific and the support network provided allows us volunteers to stay connected with our village and creates a home away from home in Fiji. Choosing this Think Pacific trip was the best decision I made, and there is no doubt when I say that I will be returning to Fiji soon.
We keep our prices as low as possible whilst ensuring our team expeditions operate to exceptionally high standards, providing a safe, fully supported and structured experience. Every expedition is led by Think Pacific expedition leaders who live with and guide our volunteer teams from start to finish. Every expedition is planned, directed and delivered with passion and immense attention to detail. You are under the care of Think Pacific throughout and we take this responsibility seriously. Fiji is all we know and love and our experience of these remarkable islands is second to none.
Importantly, your project fee (alongside our own fundraising and donations from UK universities) is used to support the long term charity aims of our foundation year round. This includes the purchase of vital resources, books, teaching materials and sports kit for thousands of rural children across the Fiji islands. We fund large scale building projects each year including installing fresh water and creating school classrooms as well as supporting remote hospitals and clinics with supplies. Our trained Fijian and UK staff deliver youth outreach projects, rural kindergarten projects, health awareness, drug awareness and sexual health initiatives, we deliver sports camps and sports development programmes with the Fijian Government and UNICEF Pacific and we fund scholarships and training courses for young Fijians including our own apprenticeship programme. Non of these initiatives would be possible without the funding raised by our volunteers to join their expedition. When you join a project, you will support one community by engaging in education and sports volunteering, but you will also be funding initiatives for hundreds more children in the remotest and poorest areas.