2 Month Expedition
Imagine living at the heart of a traditional Fijian village for over 7-weeks and experiencing the unique culture, customs and tropical landscape of the South Pacific.
Imagine joining a team of like-minded young people and volunteer together on community, building, youth, health and sports initiatives, which in partnership with the Fijian Government are making a real difference to rural communities.
Our 2-month expedition is a tough, eye opening and immensely rewarding journey. This expedition means you can create deeper connections, achieve bigger rewards and learn even more about the ‘iTaukei’ culture. It is for those with a positive mindset, passion to learn, personal drive and commitment to making a real contribution.
If you choose to join our 2-month program, you will gain a second home in Fiji, friendships for life, personal development, a huge sense of achievement and unique memories that will stay with you long after your time in Fiji has ended.
- Meaningful 2-month group 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 local youth group and children of your village.
- Build a community health centre.
- Develop skills, gain new friendships and make a contribution.
- Project Fees include; food, accommodation, 24/7 in-country support, domestic travel, charity donation (flights not included).
- Expedition costs; £2495 GBP / $5395 AUD / $3550 USD / $4750 CAD / €3250 for 2-Months 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 2-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 biggest project combines all aspects of Think Pacific’s volunteer projects and programs. Whilst living with a Fijian family in a rural community you will; complete the construction of local health centre, collaborate with a local youth group to address holistic health and community issues and provide fun and engaging sports, education and advocacy programs for children.
Week 1 – Week 4 = Build Community Health Centre
Week 5 – Week 8 = Deliver Youth Development Program
You will work alongside a local youth group to plan and deliver community profiling, awareness and advocacy programs in public health, mental health, sports development, youth development and community development.
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.
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.
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 set your goals, learn more about your project, get to know your team mates and to tune 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, or husking coconuts.
When volunteering in your very own village, we work alongside local youth groups to contribute to Fijian Government aims. We focus upon developing holistic health through a range of activities across sports, youth clubs, public health, mental health and construction. 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, emotional 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. During the ‘R&R days’ we ask for your all-important feedback and celebrate your achievements with a final farewell dinner.
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.
I spent one month volunteering in the Tailevu province. It was by far the most incredible, inspiring and rewarding experience of my life! I was very nervous leading up to the project but as soon as I met my team leaders and the rest of the volunteers, any sort of doubt went away instantly. Living with a Fijian family in its most true form was undoubtedly one of the project highlights. Having the chance to live and learn a totally unique culture from the people themselves is an experience that cannot be achieved anywhere else except for Fiji. I now understand what past volunteers meant when they said your Fijian family become much more than hosts, they truly are my second family!
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Going on an expedition with Think Pacific was the best decision of my life so far. Working with the charity gives you the opportunity to experience a beautiful part of the world not many people are lucky enough to see, whilst also completing such positive work for the country. Think Pacific were incredibly helpful from the moment I showed interest in volunteering, and had everything covered on both the UK and Fiji side.
Month 1 = With guidance from your TP building manager, you will construct a community health centre from foundations to opening ceremony.
Month 2 = Working alongside a local youth group, you will work together on a range of activities to promote health, sports development & personal development. The aim is to improve the knowledge and confidence 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.
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.
Building 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 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 7 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 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
1 March – 27 April 2020
29 March – 24 May 2020
3 May – 29 June 2020
21 June – 17 August 2020 (FULL)
13 September – 9 November 2020
27 September – 23 November 2020
We can promise you that a Think Pacific 2 month expedition is a once in a lifetime adventure that will stay with you forever. With a team of up to 20 like-minded and passionate volunteers you will support the government to achieve aims set out in the Fiji National Development Plan. Whilst experiencing the island lifestyle and exploring places only accessible through our partnerships, you’ll learn Fijian culture and customs, gain a Fijian family and make friends for life as you experience this South Pacific paradise through the eyes of the local people.
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