1 Month Expedition
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.
Aside from gaining a second home in Fiji, learning a unique way of life, developing new skills and exploring the tropical landscape of the South Pacific – our promise to those who join this program is that you’ll have one of the most rewarding and extraordinary experiences of your life.
If you are looking to step outside your comfort zone, embrace new experiences and make a contribution on your next adventure – this expedition could be perfect for you!
- Largest Volunteer Project to the South Pacific.
- Meaningful 1-Month Program in the Fiji Islands.
- In Partnership with the Fijian Government.
- Complete cultural immersion in rural village.
- Live with a traditional Fijian family.
- Work with Fijian young adults and children of your village
- Develop skills, gain new friendships and make a contribution.
- Project Fees include; food, accommodation, 24/7 in-country support, weekend adventures, domestic travel, charity donation (flights not included).
- Expedition Costs; £1495 GBP / $3195 AUD / $2150 USD / $2850 CAD / €1950 for 1-Month in Fiji (see Dates & Costs below).
Whether you’re taking a gap year, a break from work or looking to enhance your studies, on a 1-month project you could expect to achieve;
- Contribution; Make a real difference by supporting government aims in Fiji.
- Challenge; Leave your comfort zone and throw yourself into a “back-to-basics” lifestyle.
- Growth; Develop greater global awareness and learn about a unique culture.
- Experience; Gain hands on experience across a range of project activities.
- Skills; Develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills.
- Memories; Create memories and friendships that will last a life time.
Real Challenge + Cultural Understanding + Contribution = Huge Personal Growth
Our most popular project combines working with a local youth group and working with the children each day. Whilst living with a Fijian family in a rural community you will; collaborate with a local youth group to promote holistic health development aims on behalf of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Youth & Sports, whilst provide fun and engaging sports, education and advocacy programs for children when they arrive home from school.
Work with Fijians enrolled in local youth groups aged around 18-25 years old and create unique and life-changing friendships. Work on projects together, which help empower young Fijians to build their confidence, knowledge and self-esteem, so they can learn skills for the future. In return, you’ll gain a unique global perspective..
Support children living in the rural areas of Fiji by providing invaluable opportunities to try new activities. Follow your passion and introduce sports, games, creative activities and home tuition. The aim is to develop the self-belief & confidence of each child and open them to new and fun activities.
“Think Pacific has been one of the best experiences of my life” – Molly
Listen to our volunteers talk about their experiences and learn how Fiji has inspired them…
Forget about the day job 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, get curious and learn about Fijian culture.
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’.
We focus on peer to peer workshops to collaborate with the local youth groups to tackle relevant social issues. You will learn about the day to day challenges and gain a global understanding around the issues rural Fijian communities face. The days are rewarding and incredibly busy!
Live at the heart of some of the most rural communities and immerse yourself into local village life, where everyday is an adventure. If you’re looking for the ultimate adventure then Fiji is waiting to be explored…
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 a beautiful beach resort. We ask for your all-important feedback as we reflect on the project and celebrate your achievements with a farewell dinner.
“Absolutely amazing experience and definitely the best 10 weeks of my life in Malake. Think Pacific are doing amazing things all over Fiji, they are friendly, organized, full of information and they think of absolutely everything, to ensure that you are prepared and love every minute of your time in Fiji. Their team leaders are unparalleled and made the experience what it was. So, if you ever get the chance to go to Fiji with TP, DO NOT HESITATE! GO! I will certainly be back for sure.”
Without a doubt my 5 weeks in Fiji were the most memorable, rewarding and fun of my life! I cannot recommend Think Pacific highly enough for their outstanding organisation of the expedition. I feel truly honoured to have lived amongst the incredible families in Fiji and will forever treasure the lessons learnt from their beautiful culture and traditions.
When Harry talked to me on the phone nearly a year and a half ago he told me:
“There is nothing quite like a Fijian village”. I thought this was just another
typical gap year slogan, but I was more wrong than I’ve ever been in my life.
There IS NOTHING like a Fijian village.
Each morning, you, your team and young Fijian adults from your village will work together on a range of activities to explore areas of mental health, public health, sports development, personal development and enterprise to tackle social issues in rural communities. The aim is to improve knowledge, confidence, aspiration and the leadership skills of Fijian youths.
Plan, prepare and deliver engaging, fun and educational after-school clubs in your host village. This is your chance to coach children sports, create an art competition, host dance classes or improve children’s reading and writing through small group tuition. The aims is for the children to have 2 hours of exciting extra-curricular activities that support their learning and development.
After a rest and a refreshing bucket shower, you will enjoy a traditional dinner and spend some quality time with your adopted Fijian family. After dinner, you will then take part in activities hosted by you village which provide you the opportunity to learn and experience unique Fijian cultures and customs such as bilo making, basket weaving, mat weaving & kava ceremonies.
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.
We plan kids’ clubs for the children on Saturdays, this is your chance to coach additional sports, plan a dance, arts or photography competition or throw a fun day for the children with face paints and fun games.
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.
Working with Local Youth Group
Promote positive mental health awareness in rural communities.
Help plan activities and collect data that promotes health and well being.
Introduce structured sports coaching into rural Fijian community clubs.
Promote CV writing, team work and confidence building of young Fijians.
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 pride ourselves on the delivery of a safe, structured and personally supported experience.
Your expedition fee includes your food, accommodation, in-country travel, resort briefings, R&R, weekend activities, emergency support and your expedition leader team living alongside you 24/7. Expeditions also fund the work of the Think Pacific Foundation (Fijian charity FJ 989) enabling us to support thousands of youths annually to ensure sustainability of the aims.
This secures your place in the team. It also provides personal support from your project co-ordinator, 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 project begins. Over 1/3 of your fee supports the long term charity aims in Fiji and ensures the sustainability of the initiatives we implement.
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;
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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 for 3 and a half weeks 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 through treks 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
- Personal travel insurance