Animal Care and Shelter

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founded in 1989
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High­lights

Help out at local animals shelters, who are in need of caring animal lovers to assist with the maintenance and care of unwanted animals
Get involved with community education, outreach and adoption services
Help care for the animals, and depending on experience, assist with procedures
Get involved in feeding, training, exercise, bathing, grooming and loving the animals, so they are ready for adoption
Many local animals shelters are in desperate need of caring animal lovers to assist with the maintenance and care of unwanted animals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
The Animal Care Project in Fiji serves the purpose of caring for unwanted animals and helping to educate the local people about the importance of a animal care awareness including spay and neutering. You may be a pre-university student considering a career in veterinary medicine, an undergraduate, a qualified vet or animal lover.    What ever your skill level we have opportunities for you to get your hands dirty!

Volunteers work at various animal shelters in around the Nadi / Lautoka area.  The veterinary doctors who work in the clinics will be able to share their knowledge and experience with you.  You will gain valuable general and specialist animal experience sure to boost your resume in a highly competitive field.

When you volunteer with animals, you’ll assist with the general running of animal centres.  Feeding, training, exercise, bathing, grooming, and loving the animals will be your main tasks, however volunteers with specialist skills can get involved in procedures and operations.  There is always a need for administrative assistance in the office as well as marketing and advertising support campaigning and educational materials.  In conclusion, you will see first hand how the running of a animal shelter works.

Location
Nadi is the main tourist hub with lots of back-packers places and night life. It’s also well known for for Denerau Marina where many large 5 star resorts are and western style shopping. Denerau is the gateway to the Fiji islands, which is the most popular choice for most holiday goers’ to Fiji. We’ll likely take you here and show you around as part of the orientation or if you’re heading out to the remote island teaching placement.

Lautoka, located 20 min north of Nadi, is a lovely and safe working class harbour city with many areas to explore (eg. hiking trails, mud pools etc). You will be spending time in the working class areas where the genuine needs exist.

Project Tasks
  • To teach young people skills in animal care.
  • Work on the development of material on pet care and the marketing of pet care for example, developing school visit packages (including posters and talks) you will find entertaining and interesting,
  • Vaccinations
  • Operations and inspections
  • De-sexing education
  • Helping to run a pet fairs
  • Training local people
  • Feeding, cuddling and caring for the animals
  • Applying ointment and oral medications
  • Adoptive services
  • Phone & administration
  • Sanitation projects

Typical day

7-8am – Breakfast and leave for volunteer project
Break and lunch
2-5pm – volunteering ends and then back to accommodation (you will volunteer for 4-6 hours each day)
6-8pm – dinner

Free-time activities

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency.

Volunteers based in Nadi & Lautoka can choose from a wide variety of options with Nadi being the main tourist hub for Fiji and the Fijian Islands.

Volunteers based in the Coral Coast can spend the weekends exploring Suva, visiting Colo-I-Suva or Mosquito Island and searching the craft and produce markets in Suva’s town centre. From Pacific Harbour you can organize activities, such as kayaking, white-water rafting, shark feeding, jet ski tours, zip lining and diving.
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
Accommodation  (Home Stays - Sharing with other volunteers)
2 meals p/day (Breakfast & Dinner)
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea daily
Full day orientation & training + cultural sightseeing
In country 24/7 coordination & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Nadi International Airport
Flight Arrivals into Nadi - Sat/Sun arrivals
After passing customs at Nadi International Airport, the arrival gate is directly after the bag checking area. When you travel through the main doors, to your right is the arrival waiting area with seats. An IVI Fiji representative will be waiting for you here and holding a sign with your name on it. All the info will be in the welcome pack!

Accommodation
Enjoy living like a Fiji local. You’ll have your own single or twin share room within private, clean and safe western style homes. You will have a place to store your personal belongings, a private bathroom and toilet (where possible – not all placements include this), a fan and single mattress or double/queen if sharing with your partner. Some home stays have self contained flats separate from the main residence. You can choose this option if desired. Internet is usually not included with most volunteers purchasing a temporary 3G plan for their own device.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Meals are included and served at the host family for breakfast and dinner with lunch on site. A typical day may consist of (subject to variation):

Breakfast – cereal, bread, butter etc, tea, coffee, milo. Volunteers can make their own eggs should they wish.
Lunch – Volunteers to prepare their own sandwich. Tuna, cold meat, salad, eggs. Some prefer to take left over dinner from the night before for lunch.
Dinner – Cooked meal (eg. stews, soups, curries, fish, roast vegetables, taro, sweet potato, bread, rice etc.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Nadi International Airport (NAN) in Nadi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Fiji.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Fiji provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Fiji you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Fiji.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$670
2 weeks
$830
3 weeks
$990
4 weeks
$1,170
8 weeks
$1,820
12 weeks
$2,470
20 weeks (max. stay)
$3,920
Average fees
$433 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal Care and Shelter

Many local animals shelters are in desperate need of caring animal lovers to assist with the maintenance and care of unwanted animals.

$433/week

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