Volunteering in Fiji not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on the programme. In order to travel independently around the area on your days off you must prebook water taxis with the staff. Costs will vary based on destination, but would normally be between $50-150FJD return.
Accommodation is in shared (mixed gender) huts with shared bathroom facilities at the field station. There is rain water available for cooking, drinking, and washing. Ground water is pumped for other ablutions. Careful water conservation is necessary and water may be rationed during droughts. Basic flush toilet facilities are available, and participants share base duties, including cleaning and other chores. You need to bring your own mosquito net and bedding for example a thin sleeping bag liner.
If you need to stay additional nights before or after your project you need to book these separately, ask your travel consultant for help.
Most volunteers arrange international flights to Nadi International Airport the day before the program starts (late arrivals are not permitted). If arriving after 20:30 on the evening before the start day, transfer can be arranged. If you are arriving before the scheduled meeting time, you may want to arrange your transport to your accommodation. The taxi fare from the airport to New Town Beach (many of the New Town hotels offer free transfers from the airport) should be no more than $10FJD. On the morning of the expedition the meeting time is 07.30 am at Bamboo Backpackers.
At the end of your stay you will be transferred back to Nadi, where the program ends Saturday morning. We recommend you do not book a flight from Nadi International before 22:00 on this day.
Volunteers take it in turns to prepare meals for the group. Food is a very basic, mostly vegetarian diet. Breakfast could be porridge, fruit or toast, lunch is beans, vegetables, pasta and sauce, etc. and a typical evening meal may include lentils, pasta, beans, rice and vegetables. Please note, no alcohol is permitted on base.
You will have limited access to long-distance communications whilst on the program, so make sure friends and family know how often they can expect to hear from you. Mobile/cell phone reception is available on base, although it can be poor at times. It is possible to purchase pay-as-you-go Fijian Sim cards for unlocked phones in Nadi pre-departure. There is no general internet access for volunteers on base. The SIM and Credit must be purchased prior to island deployment. It is possible to purchase a pay-as-you-go mobile internet USB stick or wifi modem, however internet signal can be poor at times.