University Students to Fiji

Volunteer During Your University Summer
A Life-Changing Volunteer Expedition to the Fiji Islands
At a Glance...
  • Meaningful Summer Expedition.
  • Government backed Program.
  • Projects based in the rural, untouched, communities of Fiji.
  • Teach, coach and inspire Fijian children.
  • Homestay – live with Fijian families.
  • Weekend Excursions to explore your local surroundings e.g. Jungle treks
  • Project fees include food, accommodation, 24/7 in country support, domestic travel, weekend excursions, charity donation.
  • Expedition Costs from £1295 for 1-month in Fiji (see below)
  • Over 500 Students volunteer every summer.
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Just like you…

The students in this video had been wondering how they could make the most of their summer.

They each joined 20 students and spent a month of their summer volunteering in Fiji.

Their experience turned out to be so much more than they expected…

Learn all you to need to know here...
6 Reasons Why You Should Spend Your University Summer With Think Pacific
New friends, memories and experiences..
1. Contribution
Across our university volunteer projects last summer we saw a 40% increase in literacy and a 600% increase in sports and extracurricular activities for the children we worked with. With TP you really do put your university skills to the best possible use!
2. Challenge
Expand your comfort zone by throwing yourself into a “back-to-basics” island experience as you live with a Fijian family at the heart of a traditional village and sample a simpler way of life. Students return with more understanding of poverty issues and of the difference they can make.
3. Learn
Swap university exams and course work for adventure and Fijian culture! We find that students develop greater global awareness and learn about a unique culture and way of life as you live and work with local people in the remotest corner of the earth.
4. Experience
Gain hands on experience and transfer your degree studies and extracurricular passions as you teach, mentor or coach. sports to children. The experience is something students treasure as you become responsible for inspiring and encouraging children to succeed.
5. Skills
Develop teamwork, leadership & communication skills. We deliver aims for the Fijian Government (The Ministries of Health, Education & Sports), which contribute towards national targets. This is something to shout about to employers when you return, developing your CV and expertise.
6. Memories
Create memories and friendships that last a life time. Most students join our project on their own & return with a new group of amazing friends. We love the fact that TP becomes a highlight of people's time at university and something they always look back upon with so much pride.
See How It All Comes Together...
The Expedition Itinerary Below
Our University Expeditions..
Your Unique Expedition Itinerary to Fiji..
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

We focus upon developing youth and sports in remote primary schools. You’ll provide one-to-one tuition and establish kindergarten programmes, coach a variety of sports & lead ‘The House Cup’! The days are rewarding and incredibly busy!

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.

How Could You Make A Difference?
In Partnership with the Fijian Government
Education

Provide numeracy & literacy teaching assistance in remote Fijian primary schools.

Sports Coaching

Deliver daily sports coaching sessions for children who have never had a PE lesson before.

Rugby

Play, coach and organise Rugby with primary school children & villagers.

Art, drama or dance

Delivery daily youth activities through our ‘House Cup’ competition.

Netball

Play, coach and organise Netball with primary school children & villagers.

Kindergarten

Prepare and deliver daily kindergarten sessions as we implement early years education.

Find out if our Student to Fiji Project is for you...
Developing Global Graduates
Real Challenge + Cultural Understanding + Contribution = Huge Personal Growth

Our aim is for every student to complete their project with a set of experiences, personal attributes and transferable skills, which can positively impact their future education, career ambitions and transition to life beyond study.

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

Project Costs

Registration Fee = £195

1-Month = £1100

2-Month = £1800

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 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).
What's Not Included?
  • International flights
  • Spending money (budget £150 for 1 Month)
  • Visa

Students to Fiji Summer Expedition Dates

1-month

 26th May – 23rd June 2018

4th June -2nd July 2018 FULL

5th June – 3rd July 2018

14th June – 12th July 2018

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30th June – 28th July 2018

7th July – 4th August 2018 FULL

9th July – 6th August 2018 FULL

11th July – 8th August 2018

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17th July – 14th August 2018

21st July – 18th August 2018 FULL

2-month

1. 24 June – 20 August  2018 FULL

2. 17 June – 13th August 2018

What's Next?
Don't miss out on a summer of lifetime...
Stories From An Expedition To Fiji
What Do Past Students Say?
Callum's Story..

My First night on Batiki was one of the greatest nights of my life”

Callum’s experiences in Fiji led him to return year after year.

“What I like most about Think Pacific is that it’s a two-way process. The volunteers learn and the villagers and school children learn.  The volunteers learn about culture, customs and the importance of sharing and caring for each other, which is something we don’t do enough of at home”.

Callum Drummond, Cardiff University Student

Lisa's Memories of the South Pacific

Lisa Matthews, 2nd Year Business Management, UWE University – shares Her Journey From Uni to Returning Home From Fiji…

Life is about making memories, don’t wait for them, create them

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Becky's shares her experience of Fijian Village Life

University of Manchester Student, Becky Whaling: On Joining a Fijian family and supporting primary school education.

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An Inspiring Journey For Sophie

Sophie shares her summer volunteering on an inspiring project with Think Pacific through her project video.

Sophie, 19, 1st Year Student from Leeds University

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Surpassed Every Expectation

“The experience surpassed every expectation I had.  It was a privilege to work with the kids and be adopted by the village. Their genuine excitement at seeing us arrive, scrambling to carry out bags and welcome us into their homes was incredible.  Within 20 minutes we were on the sports field throwing a ball around. I’ve never seen children so excited for sports, and rugby in particular – their dedication and enthusiasm is something to admire and the Fijian outlook on life something I’ll certainly take home with me.”

Rob, 20, Exeter University 

International Student 'Vlogs' Her Summer in Fiji

Adrienn’s video will always remind her of…“One of the best months of my life”.

(Adrienn Szabadics, 4th Year International Student at Winchester University)

Watch Vlog Here
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