Building Projects & Engineering Placements in Fiji
Engineering & Building Work Experience + Real Global Impact = Extraordinary Engineering Placements
We all know that work experience is highly valued in the engineering sector. But what if you could gain hands-on experience in engineering and built environment, whilst making a phenomenal impact at a community level? With our building projects and engineering placements you can achieve both! Working with the Fijian Ministry of Health and our local partners, you will gain valuable experience with the knowledge that your hard work is leaving a legacy of sustainable holistic health & community development in Fiji.
Yes, our building project is great for gaining experience if you are studying a relevant course but you don’t need any prior building experience to join the project – this project is open to all students, graduates or those on a gap year.
- Meaningful 1-Month or 16-Day Building Projects in rural Fiji.
- Unrivalled engineering work experience promoting holistic health.
- Largest student volunteer initiative in the South Pacific Islands.
- Support Fiji National Development Plan – alongside Fijian Ministry of Health.
- Complete cultural immersion. Homestay – Live with a Traditional Fijian family.
- No experience needed – only desire to learn building skills and work with skilled local carpenters.
- Build from foundations to completion (community centre or health clinic).
- Work with Children on extra-curricular activities.
- Project Fees include; food, accommodation, 24/7 in-country support, domestic travel, charity donation (30%).
- Expedition Costs from; £1,345 / $2,895 AUD / $1,950 USD / $2,550 CAD / €1,750 EUR (see Dates & Costs below).
Our aim is for every volunteer to complete their project with a set of experiences, understanding and transferable skills, which can profoundly improve their future.
- 120 + hours of hands-on engineering voluntary work experience.
- Training & workshops with the Ministry of Health & qualified Fijian Building Managers.
- Expand your understanding of global engineering.
- Learn and live the ‘itaukie’ culture.
- Contribute to sustainable projects, providing work placements and training for local people.
- Help our Fijian partners transform grassroots holistic health landscape in Fiji.
- Certificate of learning & completion of the Think Pacific Award.
- Increase your team work, communication, resilience and leadership skills.
Our building project is great for gaining experience if you are studying engineering or built environment. However, you don’t need any prior building experience to join the project – this project is open to all students, graduates or those on a gap year. You will, however, need a thirst for experiencing engineering in a global context, alongside a desire to learn and implement carpentry and building skills – whilst working together with Fijian students and unemployed youth.
You will be trained alongside local Fijian youths which means an element of your role is to encourage their motivation and learning as you complete the building together, whilst also learning about Fijian culture, customs and lifestyle from them. Our projects are focused upon collaboration and empowerment of local people.
Whilst living with a Fijian family in a rural community you will complete the construction of local health centre, learn the ‘kaiviti’ way of life and provide fun sports, education and advocacy after-school programs for children.
The day-to-day build will be supervised by our qualified Fijian team, who provide lots of support and training but ultimately it is up to the commitment of you and the local community to work together to complete the project in our set time-frame. It’s hugely rewarding to see the project take shape and utilise the building on project with your youth group, after an a huge opening ceremony.
Each day after school, you and your team will deliver fun and engaging extra-curricular clubs for the children across a range of activities such as; arts, dance, drama, homework clubs and sports. On Saturday’s, you will plan, prepare and deliver youth clubs for children from your village and other neighbouring villages.
Every project is located in a rural setting. Journey to a remote village and fully immerse yourself in the cultures and customs of the traditional ‘kaiviti’ lifestyle. We ask you to adhere to the highest standard of Fijian culture as we celebrate and learn such a special way of life. You’ll learn and experience things like ‘meke’ warrior dancing and drinking ceremonial ‘kava’ with the chief.
The children both at school and at home are the happiest, friendliest children that never failed to make me smile! It was truly a life changing experience where I made friends for life.
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.
An incredibly rewarding and memorable experience for both volunteers and the Fijian community. The impact of TP and the passion within it is huge, and it’s been so amazing to be a part of it. If you’re enthusiastic about sport, teaching, meeting new people, stepping outside your comfort zone and ultimately making a long lasting difference then you’ll love this project almost as much as I did!
My Think Pacific experience was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow as a person, all while feeling safe in the friendly environment of the Fijian village. The leaders of our expedition were amazing and they helped make the experience unforgettable. I would thoroughly recommend Think Pacific to anyone who wants to experience different cultures, see the world, and help those who are less fortunate than us. One of the best parts of the experience for me was teaching the children. This was such a rewarding experience, where you are able to make the most difference on project, and really impact the life of the children that you meet. I also found that I learnt more from them than I could ever teach.
The country of Fiji itself is so beautiful and spending time in the village on project is even more so. The families are amazing and take you in as one of their own. You get to experience their ways of living, including their culture, their food, you can experience church services with them too which is probably one of the most amazing experiences in the whole project. The children are lovely and are so excited to have you there with them that they get stuck into activities with you too. My time in the village was definitely something I will never forget, as you can see how what you do on project will change the lives of the children for the better. The support of group leaders really help you feel comfortable and can get involved in project knowing they are there if you need anything at all. This really was an eye opening experience!
I had such an amazing experience in project with Think Pacific! It was the best thing I could have done on my university experience and so happy I have done it!! There is so much support and guidance before and during the project to make sure that you are prepared for village life.
Over a decade of experience, completing over 65 building projects. Each project adheres to our highest standards of due diligence, community collaboration, youth training & responsible volunteering.
Our building development projects make a substantial difference to rural villages. We predominately create nursing stations and heath centres to expand the provision of medical care and increase the capacity of the local nurses and health teams. They are deeply valued and appreciated by local people who must request projects and be involved in each stage of the assessment, building and ongoing maintenance of the project.
All building projects are led by the Fijian Ministry of Health, who highlight locations and work in collaboration with rural communities and health workers to plan and evaluate each project. This ensures the project is genuinely needed and can be assessed and monitored at community and national level. Each build contributes to the Fiji National Development Plan and the ‘Towards a Healthy Fiji Islands’ initiative. These Government policies work towards the outcome of creating ‘healthy communities living in healthy environments’.
Alongside our partners at the Fijian Ministry and Fiji National Employment Centre, each building project facilitates training and skills development for Fijian students and unemployed youths. The project is a mechanism to teach basic carpentry skills to unemployed youth and fund spaces for Fijian students to gain work based experience. The cross-cultural nature of our project introduces Fijians to global understanding and develops their ‘soft skills’ and leadership. Finally, we highlight unemployed youth for further training and apprenticeships within our Foundation and other local organisatons.
Forget about course work or the stress of exams by arriving in the exotic South Seas. You will land at Nadi Airport and be met by your Expedition Leaders for the first time.
Every expedition starts with an all inclusive 3 day briefing at a beautiful tropical beach resort. This is time for you to get to know your team mates and wind down into ‘Fiji time’
Leaving your briefing paradise, we travel to your remote traditional Fijian community. Depending on your village, this could be a truck to deep jungle or ferry to an outer island.
Arriving into your Fijian village is an exciting and nervous moment! Every door is open in a Fijian community and the generosity and genuine excitement of the local people is profound. By the end of the project our volunteers feel as though they are leaving a second home in the South Pacific
Some of your greatest experiences will be the simple activities of daily Fijian life; learning how to weave palm leaves, cooking Fijian food in underground earth ovens, drinking ceremonial Kava with the chief, husking coconuts or fishing ‘Fiji-style’.
You will work as a team under the direction of our Fijian building manager, architects and the local villagers to complete the aims in the set timeframe. You will help to dig foundations, cut timber, erect walls, clear jungle paths, paint and much more. Whatever your level of strength or building skill, there is a role you can assist with!
Explore your incredible surroundings as we organise opportunities for you to explore your surrounding. Which depending on your locations could be treks or beach days.
Leaving your Fijian village is an emotional experience; such are the close bonds that are formed between our volunteers and the local community. Farewell dinners, tearful goodbyes and the pride in your achievements will sum up your final days.
We finish the project by enjoying our final couple of days relaxing at Fiji’s glorious beach resorts. We ask for your all-important feedback during a final de-brief as we review the project and we celebrate your achievements with a farewell dinner by the beach.
Build a Community Health Centre
Begin by setting the foundations. This includes lots of digging, sawing and mixing concrete.
Create the structure by nailing on the walls, laying the flooring and adding the roofing.
Add the finishing touches to the health centre with some painting and decorating.
Working with Kids in Your Village
Support education for Fijian children, through village youth clubs and one-to-one tuition.
Deliver daily sports coaching sessions for children and also community members.
Run exciting and engaging youth clubs that give the children the chance to enjoy arts, dance & drama.
We make the most of Fiji’s beautiful scenery and head outdoors for the day, for team adventures, activities or challenges alongside Fijian youth groups.
To Fijian people, the Sabbath day is an integral part of local life. It is their day of rest, and time of worship. Attending Fijian church is a wonderful experience; not least for showcasing local people’s amazing singing voices! It’s a great day to kick back and rest and look forward to the hard work of the week to come.
This secures your place in the team. It also provides personal support from your project coordinator, full access to our pre-departure resources, live online preparation webinars and your expedition t-shirt. Your registration fee is additional to your project fee.
Many of our volunteers fundraise this entire amount, it’s up to you whether you fundraise or not but your project fee is due 60 days before the project begins. Over 1/3 of your fee pays for the materials and associated costs for the building project that you complete. In addition, our charity supports long term support to people in Fiji, providing training and job opportunities for young Fijian adults.
Since 2009, volunteers have been joining our expeditions from around the globe, supported by our offices in Fiji and the UK. Here’s our prices in some commonly requested currencies;
|Currency||£ GBP||AUS $||US $||CAD $||€ EUR|
|1-Month Project Fee||1300||2800||1900||2500||1700|
|16-Day Project Fee||1150||2500||1700||2200||1500|
Our philosophy is to provide a high quality and exceptionally well structured volunteer project. Our expeditions are packed full of adventure and cultural insight, whilst having safety and support at their core. We also ensure that through our charity, the communities you support receive long-term financial and physical assistance year-round. Think Pacific is not the cheapest volunteer organisation around, but this is for all the right reasons.
All our expeditions include:
- Airport welcome by Think Pacific Expedition leaders (or resort meet and greet if you arrive early).
- All in-country expedition travel
- All project accommodation
- All-inclusive briefing and orientation from a beautiful beach resort.
- All meals during your briefing, all meals whilst staying with your Fijian village family and breakfast and evening meals during your final days of R&R at glorious beach resorts.
- Guided weekend activities which means you can explore your remote location and attend community events.
- Organised evening Fijian activities including kava ceremonies, lovo feasts, mat weaving,
- Think Pacific Leaders and Fijian Matanivanua guides living with you 24/7.
- In-country Director, Fiji based Project Managers and UK team providing planning, risk assessment and 24-hour back up support.
- Comprehensive pre-departure information & personal volunteer project planning.
- Fiji expedition de-brief at a beach resort or castaway islands.
- Your project donation towards the youth development goals in Fiji (which is used to purchase educational and sports equipment, fund scholarships and training for local people and build village facilities and school classrooms).
- International flights (Approx £800 – £1000)
- Spending money (budget £150)
- Visa (£60)