Join our 2 month project and alongside our youth, sports and education aims, you’ll have the opportunity to also learn carpentry and construction skills and work alongside local youths to achieve an incredible building project. All projects are highlighted and overseen by the Fijian Ministry of Health. We build health clinics and nursing stations as a priority to increase the capacity of local health workers. Working side-by-side talented Fijian building managers and local youths, you’ll collaborate to achieve the entire building project, from foundations to completion, during a single expedition.
Over a decade of experience, completing over 65 building projects. Each project adheres to our highest standards of due diligence, community collaboration, youth training & responsible volunteering.
Our building development projects make a substantial difference to rural villages. We predominately create nursing station and heath centres to expand the provision of medical care and increase the capacity of the local nurses and health teams. They are deeply valued and appreciated by local people, who must request projects, be added to a waiting list and are involved in each stage of the assessment, building and ongoing maintenance of the project.
All building Projects are led by the Fijian Ministry of Health, who assess and highlight locations and work in collaboration with rural communities and local health workers to plan the project. This ensures the project is genuinely needed and can be assessed and monitored at community and national level. Each build contributes to the Fiji National Development Plan and the Towards a Healthy Fiji Islands initiative. These Government policies work towards the outcome of creating ‘healthy communities living in healthy environments’.
Collaboration and sustainable outcomes is key. Our aim is not to build for a community but to work hand-in-hand with local youths and community members and enable everyone to achieve the construction together. An integral aspect of each build is community pride, skills acquisition and training for local people. We have trained over 300 youths in carpentry skills since 2009. Each project our volunteers fund, enables more training and employment opportunities to be created for young Fijians.
Do it! It’s a great opportunity to travel outside of a tourism sense, do real charity and discover what makes you who you are. You meet people who you end up forming such a strong bond with as well as volunteers that I’m still in touch with today. If you’re unsure whether you have grown enough for project yet then waiting on it is no problem at all, when I decided that I would like to mentally grow before doing project last year I felt as though I was welcomed with open arms when I reapplied for project during this years summer period.
It’s an experience rather than a trip and that’s what we all came for. It has
shown the best of all of us. I’m going to walk away from these two months
with not only a new Fijian family, but also a bunch of fantastic friends who
I will undoubtedly see regularly in England and reminisce about our
little Fijian village far away in the South Pacific.
Think Pacific were fantastic in integrating the volunteers into village life. Being in a rural community, I truly felt like I was a part of their family and daily activities due to the welcoming and open atmosphere. The month spent in Fiji has truly stuck with me daily through the life lessons learnt by the Fijians and my team. Think Pacific make a real effort in ensuring that there is a team bond built to ensure that the aims of the project are fulfilled but also that you as a volunteer have the best time. Having no modern amenities such as phones truly meant that you got to know your team inside out. Being in Fiji and experiencing such a different culture and way of life has shaped how I see modern day. Fijians are truly the most welcoming and happiest individuals despite the struggles they face daily.
You don’t need any prior building experience to join the project. A Think Pacific project is open to all students, gap year students and young career breakers. You will, however, need a thirst for learning new building skills during training briefings and be willing to work hard to put these skills into action. You’ll be trained alongside local Fijian young men and women and you’re role is to encourage their motivation and learning as you complete this build together. You’re overseen throughout by our talented Fijian Building Managers. We’re looking for people who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get involved. You’ll need to work well with others and be able to empathise with and wish to interact with the Fijian community as you assist to make their project a reality.
The building project is incorporated into our 2 month project itinerary only. This is a huge highlight to our biggest expedition and provides an immense legacy to leave as well as our youth, sports and education initiatives. You will be able to rotate and choose between building and leading kids clubs, sports and youth projects. 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. Building usually takes place in the morning and afternoon and outside of the midday heat. Jobs include digging the foundations, carrying materials, basic carpentry and woodwork, sanding and painting. It’s hugely rewarding to see the project take shape and complete to a huge village celebration.
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