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), Your TP t-shirt and Sulu
Resources for delivery of your project and follow up provision and donations to youth groups including educational resources, sports equipment and advocacy information, Training, leadership and skills development programmes for youths, All costs to fund Fijian Ambassador Programmes, Funding Courses for local people – OSEP, Public Health, WHO, WASH Surveys, First Aid Courses, Mental Health Training, Funded internships for Fijian Students, Enterprise Scholarships, International Mobility Scholarships, Work Training for unemployed youths, Building Materials and all associated costs for community and health development projects.
24 hour safety, support and management, 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, Financial security and International bank fees.
Project site visits, Post project evaluation, Government Partner liaison, training and workshops, NGO partner training, Community preparation, Risk assessments, Compliance, Project reporting, Administration for running local Fiji volunteer scheme, Staff training, Systems Development.
UK HQ, Project Co-ordinator Staffing, Equipment, Print, Postage, Office resources, Computers, University partner Liaison, IT, data base management, Software Systems, Phone management.
Research & New initiatives, Partnership building, local community and staff upskilling.
Advertising and online marketing, social media, University 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. We are the largest volunteer organisation in the region with over a decade experience guiding thousands of young people.
Crucial to our projects and wider mission, is that your fee funds the year-round work of our registered Fijian charity, Think Pacific Foundation (FJ989). Our charity focuses upon capacity building and advancing knowledge, opportunity and advice within rural communities. We prioritise training of local people, which leads to sustainable outcomes of the Fiji National Development Plan. This includes providing training, funding internships, supporting local empowerment and job creation for Fijian youths. We have a team of Fijian Project Co-Ordinators and Youth Development Officers providing year-round programmes, evaluations and implementation for rural communities alongside our NGO and government partners, furthering advocacy surrounding messages of public health, mental health, sports development and enterprise at community level. We believe that the most effective change can only be achieved by investing in the skills, knowledge and personal development of local people, especially youths, so they may contribute effectively to local decision making processes and lead change in their communities