Building Project - Nairai Island

A Life-Changing 5-week Volunteering Expedition
In Partnership with Fijian Government & the Think Pacific Foundation
At a Glance...
  • Meaningful Summer Expedition.
  • 30th July – 3rd September
  • Government Backed Program.
  • Projects based in the rural, untouched, communities of Fiji.
  • Location – Lawaki Village, Nairai Island, Lomaiviti Province
  • Homestay – live with Fijian families.
  • Build a tangible, lasting difference to the lives of local people.
  • Project fees include food, accommodation, building materials, 24/7 in country support, domestic travel, weekend excursions, charity donation.
  • Expedition Costs from £1295 for 5 weeks in Fiji (see below)
  • Over 600 volunteers every summer but ONLY 40 volunteers get to build.
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Make A Real Contribution
The Only 5-Week Building Project in 2018

Join 20 Volunteers from the 30th July – 3rd September 2018 for our only 5 week expedition to the heart of a remote outer island of Fiji.

Ethical

Our building development projects make a phenomenal difference to rural villages. They are deeply valued and appreciated by local people,who request projects many years in advance. They also provide an incredible cultural experience for volunteers as students live with families and immerse into Fijian life in some of the most beautiful islands of Fiji.

Integral

We achieve the entire building project, from foundations to completion, during a single expedition. You see the entire development and work together with the community to provide this legacy. Projects address real need across rural areas and include building school classrooms, village community centres and health clinics.

Sustainable

Our building Projects are led by our Registered Fijian Charity, The Think Pacific Foundation – Charity Number FJ 989 – and in Partnership with The Fijian Ministry of Health, ensuring the projects are ethical, sustainable and integral to national policies.

A True Island Experience

Building projects take place in the beautiful outlying islands of Fiji in an
area called The Lomaiviti. We take motor boats out to see the real Fiji
and become a member of these tiny South Sea Islands. The villages are
usually less than 30 families big, set by the sea and lagoons. From spear
fishing and farming in the jungle plantations to cooking underground
earth ovens and weaving palm leaves, you will learn all about the
traditional way of life of South Pacific Island communities.

Who Can Join The Project?

You don’t need to have any prior building experience to join the projects.
A Think Pacific project is open to all students, gap year students and
young career breakers. You will learn new building skills during training
briefings and then put these skills into action, oversee by our expert
team. You will need to work hard, work well as a team and have the
desire for a real and meaningful cultural adventure.

Build A Lasting Difference For The Rural Communities Of Fiji
See How It All Comes Together...
The Expedition Itinerary Below
Our Building Expedition...
Your Itinerary in Fiji..
1. Bula, Welcome to Fiji!

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.

2. Beach Resort Briefing

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’

3. Journey to Remote Fiji

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.

4. Join a Fijian Village

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

5. Kaiviti Life

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’.

6. The Volunteer Project

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!

7. Adventures

Explore your incredible surroundings as we organise guided excursion days. Which depending on your locations could be treks, waterfall visits or beach days.

8. Leaving Your Second Home

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.

9. Rest and Relaxation

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.

A Self-Developing Journey
Real Challenge + Cultural Understanding + Contribution = Huge Personal Growth

Our aim is for every volunteer to complete their project with a set of experiences, personal attributes and transferable skills, which can positively impact their future endeavours, career ambitions and transition back to everyday life.

  • Leadership
  • Team Work
  • Resilience
  • Relationship-building
  • Confidence
  • Time Management
  • Global Awareness
  • Communication
  • Appreciation

5-Week Building Project Costs

£195 Registration Fee

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.

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£1,100 Project Costs

Over 1/3 of your fee pays for the materials and associated costs for the building project that you
complete. In addition, our charity provides long term support to children within the community,
improving education and access to health care, sport and extra-curricular activities.

What's Included?

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 schools and 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 fundraising directly pays for the materials and associated costs for the building project that you complete. In addition, our charity provides long term support to children within the community, improving education and access to health care, sport and extra-curricular activities.
What's Not Included...
  • International flights
  • Spending money (budget £150 for 1 Month)
  • Visa
30th July - 3rd September 2018
Final Places Remaining...
Our Building Expeditions Are
Crafted by the Fiji Experts
Team Expeditions

We only do team expeditions. Join a team of up to 20 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.

Real Contribution

Volunteering on your summer break 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.

Self Developing

Our 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.

Adventure

Live at the heart of traditional villages, trek jungle rainforests, visit remote waterfalls, snorkel the reefs or set sail for the outer islands. If you’re looking for adventure on your university summer, then Fiji ticks all the boxes and more.  The South Pacific is mesmerising and it is waiting to be explored.

Safe & Supported

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, knowledge and expertise from start to finish.

Incredible Memories

So many of our volunteers state their experiences in Fiji are ‘life changing’ and they meet fellow students that they’ll stay in touch with forever.  You’ll  broaden your horizons and forever be proud that you accomplished something so remarkable.  You’ll return with some of the most unique memories of your university life.

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