Nutrition Internship

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Coordinator | Greg

High­lights

Work with professionals and raise awareness in local communities about the importance of healthy living
Do a lot of practical work, such as basic health checks, organising wellness workshops, and running exercise classes
Help lower the prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases among Fijians
This tropical island country has plenty of activities and must-see sights for you to enjoy in your free time
Learn more about Fijian culture, as well as exploring the beautiful island state!
Help disadvantaged communities whilst working alongside professionals and gaining practical work experience This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples

At your Nutrition placement in Fiji, you’ll have the opportunity to gain practical experience and learn from professionals. At the same time, you’ll help people understand the importance of healthy living.

Here are some of the tasks you can expect to get involved with:

  • Work with women's groups, corporate groups, and schools on educational nutrition courses
  • Assist with health checks to monitor the progress made by beneficiaries
  • Run cooking and exercise demonstrations to encourage healthy eating
  • Support the production and consumption of local produce by creating vegetable gardens
  • Promote a healthier lifestyle for school children

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Run educational workshops

Fiji has a high prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease among adults. You can help us raise awareness of nutrition and healthy living by running educational workshops. There are a wide range of topics you can focus on, like the dangers of tobacco and alcohol. We would also like you to talk about general food safety to help minimise food-borne diarrhoeal diseases.

Help with health checks

You will work closely with low-income communities over a period of three months. During this period, you will help these communities move towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. This will include taking vital signs such as blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, and weight on a regular basis. We then monitor and assess the progress being made.

This data is uploaded into our Global Impact Database in order to centralise the information. This way, we can make sure we provide follow-up care and monitor changes. It also lets us prepare personalised health and diet plans for each beneficiary so we can help long-term.

Run cooking demonstrations and exercise classes

Another practical way to help is to run cooking demonstrations showcasing healthy meals.

You can use a touch of creativity to come up with healthy and affordable meal options for families. You’ll use produce from community food gardens to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables.  

Healthy eating goes hand-in-hand with getting active. You’ll help run fun fitness classes to get adults and children moving. We run regular Zumba classes for the women’s and corporate groups we work with, but also for schools. You can also do more if you want. We encourage you to be proactive and offer to take groups on short hikes, do basic stretches with kids, or present a yoga class if you’re a trained instructor.

Promote a healthier lifestyle for school children

Childhood and adolescence are critical times for forming healthy habits that support long-term overall development. Through our efforts in Fiji, we hope to bring about these changes.  

You’ll visit schools to engage students in fun physical activities and teach them to identify and consume healthier foods. Students will also participate in the creation of vegetable gardens to reinforce the concept of eating what they grow.

Typical day

On your first work day, you’ll receive a full briefing about the project. This includes a background of Fiji’s health status, previous health check results, and what current interns are working on.

Staff will then train you in conducting health checks. You’ll also will receive information on the most widespread lifestyle-related diseases.

After this, you will work every week day from roughly 8am to 5pm, coinciding with the local clinic hours.

Your day-to-day work will differ, offering you a chance to gain experience in various settings. These may include primary schools, women’s groups, corporates, and local communities. Information about when and where you’ll work is given to you in the form of weekly schedules.

You will start each morning with a meeting that includes all interns and staff. You’ll be briefed on the day’s activities and prepare anything you’ll need for the day. 

Evenings and weekends are your free time. Use them to explore the island and even sign up for local cultural and language classes.

Free-time activities

Experience the beauty of the South Pacific while volunteering with us in Fiji. This tropical island country has plenty of activities and must-see sights for you to enjoy in your free time.

We can’t talk about Fiji without mentioning the beaches. With their soft, white sand and clear, blue seas, they are the ideal place to relax and wind down after a day of volunteer work. With the beaches come a bunch of other exciting activities, like water sports and snorkelling.

For a culture-rich experience, you can explore the bright, rainbow-coloured Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. You can also spend time wandering through art galleries or browsing through stunning handmade pottery in Nadi.

The Kula Eco Park gives you the opportunity to see local plants and animals. For thrill seekers, they also have a zipline going through the park!

You can explore all these different sights on your own or with a group. With so many volunteers joining us in Fiji each year, you’re bound to make some new friends to travel with. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 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 from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

Airport Pickup at Nadi International Airport

A Projects Abroad staff member will be there to meet you when you first arrive at Nadi Airport (NAN). It’s only around a 15 minute drive to the centre of Nadi, where our office is based. The cost of your airport transfer is included in your initial project fee, so you don’t need to worry about extra expenses.

From the airport you will be taken by taxi to your host family home. You can relax here and unpack before being picked up again later to complete your induction. You’ll have your induction in the Projects Abroad office and around your local area (a time will be confirmed with the local staff once you arrive).

Accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Nadi. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Fiji and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
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 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

The Start Dates are completely flexible.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
£1,615 ($2,019)
3 weeks
£1,835 ($2,294)
4 weeks
£2,055 ($2,569)
5 weeks
£2,275 ($2,844)
9 weeks
£3,155 ($3,944)
17 weeks
£4,915 ($6,144)
50 weeks (max. stay)
£12,175 ($15,219)
Average fees
£526 ($657) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Projects Abroad 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 Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Nutrition Internship

Help disadvantaged communities whilst working alongside professionals and gaining practical work experience

$526/week

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