Gap Year in Fiji
Thinking about a gap year to Fiji? Great idea, you’ve taken the first step on an amazing experience you’ll never forget. This is not your average gap year experience.
You may not believe it yet, but a gap year in Fiji with Think Pacific is going to bring more memories, friends and new experiences than you could ever imagine. We see the same impact time and again; gap year students head out to Fiji with nervous excitement and return inspired, brimming with confidence and bursting with pride at their achievements.
Our programs are in partnership with the Fijian Government to ensure our volunteering is sustainable, structured and part of a bigger picture. If you’re planning a gap year to learn, grow and make new friends via a real and true experience, then step this way for a once in a lifetime adventure! Think Pacific could be exactly what you’ve been searching for.
- Largest Volunteer Project to the South Pacific.
- Meaningful Programs in the Fiji Islands.
- In Partnership with Fijian Government.
- Complete cultural immersion in rural village.
- Live with a traditional Fijian family.
- Work on Youth, Sports, Health, or Engineering Projects.
- Achieve personal growth, develop soft skills and challenge your expectations.
- Project Fees include; food, accommodation, 24/7 in-country support, weekend adventures, domestic travel, charity donation (flights not included).
- Expedition Costs from £1,345 / $2,795 AUD / $1,800 USD / $2,400 CAD / €1,650 EUR (see dates & costs).
Think Pacific is dedicated to Fiji. We believe to make a global impact; you need a local approach.
All our focus is on Fiji.
Go where only we can take you.
Teams of up to 25 students.
Sustainable & based in-country.
Officially partnered with Government.
Click the project below that interests you most to learn more about the project; aims, itinerary, costs, dates and what you can gain from the experience.
Step off the tourist trail and deliver high impact volunteering. Our 16-Day volunteer expedition is designed to provide you with a once in a lifetime experience, whilst supporting sustainable development within rural communities in Fiji. Joining a 1-month expedition team means you will spend 3 and-a-half weeks living at the heart of a traditional Fijian village, whilst working with youths and children across a wide range of project aims.
Our 1-month expedition is a team adventure jam-packed with culture, ethics and unique experiences. This expedition is for enthusiastic individuals who want to learn, contribute, meet like-minded people & challenge themselves. Joining a 1-month expedition team means you will spend 3 and-a-half weeks living at the heart of a traditional Fijian village, whilst working with youths and children across a wide range of project aims.
Our 2-month expedition is a tough, eye opening and immensely rewarding journey. Volunteer on wide range of aims that include; community, building, youth, health and sports initiatives. This expedition means you can create deeper connections, achieve bigger rewards and learn even more about the ‘kaiviti’ culture. It is for those with a positive mindset, passion to learn, personal drive and commitment to making a real contribution.
Join a pioneering program that provides a truly unique experience for children living in the rural areas of Fiji, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth & Sports. Plan, prepare and deliver a fun, engaging & exciting sports camp during the school summer holiday period for a large group of very enthusiastic and appreciative children.
We all know that work experience is highly valued in the psychology sector. But what if you could gain hands-on experience in the realm of mental health, whilst making a phenomenal impact at a community level? With our mental health placement you can achieve both!
Join an engineering project that works in partnership with the Fijian Ministry of Health to create nursing stations or health centres to expand the provision of medical care and increase the capacity of the local nurses and health teams. Create the building with your team from the foundations to the opening ceremony and village celebration.
Our project requires you to challenge yourself, adopt a new culture and form new friendships as you develop your global experience and increase your;
- Cultural Awareness; Broadening cultural knowledge.
- Connections; Strangers become valued colleagues, friends and family.
- Leadership Sills; Drive international development aims.
- Team Work; Collaborate with volunteers from around the world and Fijians.
- Resilience; Achieve through basic conditions, limited resources & culture shock.
- Confidence; Gained through group activities and workshops.
- Appreciation; Acquire a new perspective, value your opportunities & learn from Fijian mentality.
You don’t need any prior experience to join a project.
You will, however, need a thirst for experiencing your chosen program in a global context, alongside a desire to learn and implement new skills – whilst working together with Fijian students and youths.
With five days left I am struggling to come to terms with how I am going to wake up without my little sister singing “Morning Alex, how are you?” in my ear, a song we have taught in Kindi. How am I going to cope without Kara’s infectious giggle following me around the village or Te’s killer dance moves putting the other toddlers (and TP volunteers) to shame? Most importantly how will I manage without seeing my Fijian family each day with their warmth and generosity? Fiji will definitely be seeing me again very soon!
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.
Our projects are specifically designed to provide you with the opportunity to either; achieve hands on experience in your future field of study or to be a self-developing adventure. Here’s some great questions to help you discover see if one of our projects is a good fit for you;
- Want to get off the tourist trail and truly connect with a country?
- Looking to share a journey with a group of like-minded young people?
- Want to explore & experience remote & traditional communities?
- Looking to develop your global understanding and cultural awareness?
- Want to gain practical experience in your future field of study?
- Are you keen to challenge yourself and make a real impact at a grassroots level?
Join a team of up to 25 like-minded students and instantly become part of a new group of friends as you share something special together. The bonds you make will last a life-time.
Our gap year programs are certainly no holiday. It’s a real challenge. It’s been said that life begins at the edge our comfort zone. You’ll come home with more confidence, new leadership skills and a greater global understanding.
Our expeditions are guided with 24/7 care and dedication. Fiji is all we know and love. From our experienced leaders who guide your project each day to our management team in Fiji and the UK, you’ll receive unrivalled support.
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 preserve such a special way of life.
Volunteering during your university summer is one of the most purposeful and rewarding things you can do. Our expeditions are partnered with the Fijian Government which means you are supporting national aims and objectives.
So many of our volunteers state their experiences in Fiji are ‘life changing’ and they meet people they’ll stay in touch with forever. You’ll broaden your horizons and forever be proud that you accomplished something so unique.
Explore our range of youth, health, sports or building projects to find the project that suits your passions, interests and previous experiences. Click a project below to learn more about the;
- Projects aims
- Project partners
- Project itinerary
- Project costs
- Project dates
- What you can gain from the experience
Team Challenge + Cultural Immersion + Contribution = Huge Personal Growth
If you have any questions about our program, please don’t hesitate to contact the TP team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you join a construction project or a sports projects, you will be supporting aims set out in the Fiji National Development Plan, through our formal partnerships with;
- Fijian Ministry of Health
- Fijian Ministry of Youth & Sports
- Fiji National Sports Commission
- Fiji National University
- Youth Champs 4 Mental Health
- NSO’s: Fiji Rugby Union, Athletics Fiji, NRL Fiji, Netball Fiji, Cricket Fiji