Cyclone Disaster Relief & Construction

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High­lights

Help support underprivileged communities by renovating buildings damaged in the cyclones
Work alongside local skilled workers, who will guide you through the process
Rebuild strutures, laying tiles, bricks & cement, landscaping (depending on experience)
Make the buildings look nicer by painting and decorating
Help with clearing and building new gutters and drains
Travel with purpose in Vanuatu and help support underprivileged communities by renovating public buildings like schools & community halls. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
As with many South Pacific regions, Vanuatu receives significant storm activity from Jan-Apr each year and the damage caused by a large cyclone in 2015 is an on-going problem in these underprivileged areas, as well as now the recent cyclone Harold in April 2020. This was a category 5 cyclone – the highest level on the scale and has caused huge damaged to homes, schools and community buildings. We are looking for people to help in any way they can.  

With construction volunteering and disaster relief in Vanuatu, you’ll be working mainly on community structures such as schools, community centers and public areas. In many of the schools, economic challenges mean that classrooms are often makeshift and poorly constructed, resulting in un-safe and/or sub-optimal for educational purposes. Much of our work exists in the villages of Piliura and Launamoa which were badly affected by the cyclone Winston in 2015, as well as areas affected by the most recent cylone in 2020. 

Volunteering in construction is very satisfying as you can see first hand the result of your efforts. You’ll join in the efforts of the locals in helping to build classrooms, preschools, and other important infrastructure such as gutters, drainage, and facilities. The locals truly need your help! With the recent cyclone destroying homes, there will be even more need for volunteers to help distribute vital supplies and to clear debris and help to rebuild buildings that have been severely damaged. 

Location
Port Vila, the capital and main hub of Vanuatu is situated on Efate island. The architecture has mainly french with the population quite multicultural including ni-Vanuatu, Chinese, Vietnamese, British and French. Port Vila has all the standard facilities you’d expect from a commercial hub such as hospitals, shopping districts (note Vanuatu is a tax haven so duty free!), sports stadium, hotels, casino, museums and cultural centers. The town is a great base for divers who come for the trips to Mele Cascades, a large rain forest water fall with rock pools and incredible scenery.  As the commercial hub tourism plays an important role, however it does not feel ‘touristy’ especially in the areas where IVI services. Here you can get to know the locals and truly experience the authentic lifestyle from outside of the tourist resorts.

Project Tasks
Assist skilled local workers on rebuilding damaged structures
Get hands on and stuck into renovation of schools, community halls and homes
Make the buildings look nicer and more welcoming by painting and brightening them up

Typical day

7-8am – Breakfast and leave for volunteer project
Break and lunch
2-5pm – volunteering 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 team on the ground will help you organize additional trips at local rates! There’s heaps of things to see and do in Vanuatu, from museums and cultural centers to island hopping, hiking, water sports like snorkeling, diving, boating and fishing etc. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
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)
  • Arrival Airport transfer 
  • 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 Bauerfield Airport
Airport 
Bauerfield International Airport (VLI)

Arrival Time(s)
Saturday 08:00 to 20:00
Sunday 08:00 to 20:00
Accommodation
Accommodation is in a dedicated house very close to the beach! Volunteers will share a bedroom with up to 2-4 persons per room (single gender rooms). There is WiFi included in public areas, laundry facilities (at small additional fee), lockable rooms, cold/warm showers, bed linen, mosquito protection and fans included. Volunteers are requested to bring their own towel. Living with other volunteers in a dormitory-style house is heaps of fun and a great way to meet like minded travelers. The volunteer house is in close proximity to a basic supermarkets, ATM, fresh fruit and vegetable stands, petrol stations and bus stop.

*You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

3 meals a day on weekdays and 2 meals a day on weekends will be provided for the duration of your placement. Food will be mainly authentic to the local culture which includes plenty of chicken dishes, coconut based curries, dhal (lentils), fresh fish, saffron rice and tropical fruits. Meals are served at your home stay each day or at the project site. There is also filtered water available at the volunteer center. Bottled water is also readily available in Vanuatu.

Internet Access
Good 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 Bauerfield Airport (VLI) in Port Vila. We assist you to find cheap flights to Vanuatu.
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 Vanuatu provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Vanuatu you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Vanuatu.

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)
$620
2 weeks
$830
3 weeks
$1,040
4 weeks
$1,250
8 weeks
$2,190
12 weeks
$3,050
20 weeks (max. stay)
$4,580
Average fees
$425 /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%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
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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Cyclone Disaster Relief & Construction

Travel with purpose in Vanuatu and help support underprivileged communities by renovating public buildings like schools & community halls.

$425/week

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