1 Month Expedition
Our 1 month expedition is a jam-packed adventure of culture, ethics and experience. This expedition is for enthusiastic individuals who want to learn, meet like-minded people & challenge themselves. If you prefer to experience Fiji as the locals do rather than just relaxing by the pool then you’re in the right place. Joining a 1 month team means you will spend just over 3 weeks living with your own Fijian family as a member of the village & participating in peer to peer workshops with the village youth group around relevant social issues. Plus 6 days in a beach resort across the briefing & R&R phases of the expedition. We pack a huge amount into this expedition to make sure you get the absolute most from your experience, whilst providing rural communities with real, targeted and proven benefit.
Take The Next Step - Apply To Join A 1 Month Team
- Largest Volunteer Project to the South Pacific.
- Meaningful 1-Month Program in the Fiji Islands.
- In Partnership with Fijian Government.
- Complete cultural immersion. Homestay – Live with a Traditional Fijian family.
- Work with children of your village and local youth group.
- 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 £1495 for 1-Month in Fiji (see Dates & Costs below).
A Think Pacific 1 month expedition is just about the most inspiring thing you could do! Join a team of up to 20 volunteers and live at the heart of a remote Fijian village. Experience village life and collaborate with the local youth group to tackle relevant social issues. Aside from gaining a global understanding, you’ll have the biggest adventure of your life whilst supporting local government initiatives to create a sustainable difference.
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 few days relaxing at Fiji’s glorious beach resorts. Top up your South Pacific tan by the swimming pool, head out snorkelling or go island trekking. During the ‘R&R days’ we ask for your all-important feedback during a final de-brief as we review the project in detail.
In collaboration with a local youth group, you will work on projects that help empower Fijian youths to be the agents of change in their community. Each day, there will be a thematic focus and together with your team and youth group you shall prepare activities to promote learning, understanding and long-term action to tackle social issues across; Mental Health, Public Health, Sports Development, Enterprise & Life Skills. In line with the Fiji National Development Plan, the long term aim is to equip Fiji’s youth with the tools to transform the development of rural communities over the next 20 years. We believe in thinking big, starting small and acting now! If you would like to join a team to help empower Fiji’s future leaders to take small steps towards big change, then a 1-month expedition could be perfect for you.
Support children living in the rural areas of Fiji by providing invaluable opportunities to try new activities, develop their education and increase their social development. Do this by introducing them to new sports, games, creative activities and teaching methods. The aim is to develop the self-belief & confidence of each child, to assist with their performance at school and day-to-day life. We invite our volunteers to create fun, interactive and engaging activities to expose Fijian children to a new ways of enjoying education and extra-curricular activities. Join a Think Pacific project if you would like to help create a seamless learning environment for young people between home and school!
Each morning, you, your team and your local youth group 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 homework clubs. The aims is for the children to have 2 hours of exciting extra-curricular activities.
Enjoy a traditional dinner with your Fijian family. Then take part in Fijian cultural activities hosted by your village, such as basket weaving, mat weaving & kava ceremonies.
We make the most of Fiji’s beautiful scenery and head outdoors for the day, you will work with your team to complete leadership activities & tasks, alongside your local Fijian Youth Group.
We plan huge 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 huge 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.
“Think Pacific has been one of the best experiences of my life” – Molly, June 2015
Listen to our volunteers talk about their experiences and learn how Fiji has inspired them…
1 Month Project Costs
This secures your place in the team, provides personal support from your project manager, full access to our pre-departure resources and your expedition t-shirt. Your registration fee is additional to your project fundraising.
Over 1/3 of your fee supports the long term charity aims in Fiji and ensures the sustainability of the youth and sports inititives we implement. Many of our volunteers fundraise this entire amount.
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 excursions such as rainforest treks, waterfall visits or island and snorkelling trips.
- Organised evening Fijian activities including kava cerem onies, 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 selection of beach resorts 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