Public Health and Nutrition Outreach Supporter

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Coordinator | Lauren
Coordinator | Lauren
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Use your medical background to facilitate change to the lives of Vanuatu locals
Challenge your skills and knowledge in a new and demanding environment
Discover a new culture and contribute to the local community
Explore unforgettable off-the-beaten-track locations with volunteers in free time
Experience authentic Vanuatu culture and foods
Use your health and nutrition background to educate and aid locals in combating malnutrition and public health issues in Vanuatu This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The Pacific Island countries, including Vanuatu have some of the highest rates of diabetes in the entire world.   Results from health surveys indicate diabetes rates as high as 47% in certain communities, but on average between 15 – 25% of the population.   Some pacific island countries have the highest death rate from diabetes in the world.   With neighboring Australia at approx. 5%, there is a significant need for nutritional education and healthcare support in Vanuatu.  

Obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are placing a huge social, economical and emotional load on the people of Vanuatu.   

IVI’s nutrition and public health outreach cater to students and graduates in the field of nutrition, dietetics, holistic healthcare, nursing, physiotherapy & medicine.   You’ll participate in an outreach program designed to provide free healthcare education for communities which generally lack access to healthcare services. 

Working alongside a qualified practitioner from Australia, the aim of the outreach project is health promotion & free assessments in villages, corporate businesses, schools & community centers to increase the knowledge about nutrition and the effect of physical activity in the prevention of obesity and development of NCD’s.

Why do we need volunteers on this project

  • In 2016, only around 57.8% of the population had access to electricity
  • Over 12% of Vanuatu’s population live below the poverty line, with 1/3 of people lacking access to basic services
  • Vanuatu experiences cyclones, that severely damage schools, homes and community buildings
  • Vanuatu has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world, as well as high blood pressure, mineral deficiencies and a lack of macronutrients
How can you help?
  • For health students and qualified professionals, combat malnutrition and public health issues in Vanuatu
  • In teams of 4 to 8, perform free health checks in authentic Vanuatu villages
  • Help promote health, nutrition and fitness, giving free assessments to villagers from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Create diet, nutrition and diabetes awareness campaigns, to educate the local children
What can you do?
    • Conduct health screenings like blood pressure checks, blood glucose level tests and waist to hip ratios measurement.
    • Help diagnose protein deficiency among school kids
    • Design fitness and exercise programs for villagers
    • Create educational talks on topics like the dangers of sugar and other diseases

    Typical day

    In teams of 4 to 8, you will have endorsement from the Ministry of Health Vanuatu to perform free health checks for villagers and/or corporate staff. Monday will be orientation day in Port Villa.  The team will show you around including the local fruit market, walk through town – show banks, supermarket and teach you some basic Bislama phrases.  

    During the program, you may also be involved in preparing educational talks on various topics such as the dangers of sugar and other disease causing issues.  You will have the opportunity to conduct in depth health screenings like blood pressure checks, blood glucose level tests and waist to hip ratios measurement. 

    With support and assistance from the program coordinators, you will be assigned specific health cases and may be involved with but not limited to:

    – Conducting individual and group consultations
    – Remote island healthcare education

    – Corporate health
    – Children’s health & education
    – Identifying protein deficiency among school kids
    – Assisting in the prescription of natural protocols
    – Providing educational assistance and local talks (if desired)
    – Helping build nutrition and diabetes awareness campaigns
    – Designing fitness and exercise programs
    – Village exercise programs
    – General healthy living programs.

    Volunteers may also take part in presentations on exercise and living an active lifestyle, with topics such as healthy eating, sexual health and physical activity for school children.

    Free-time activities

    In their free time, Volunteers are encourage to participate in local activities including;

    • Kayaking and Paddleboarding
    • Snorkeling
    • Canopy ziplining
    • Exploring the incredible landscape and searching for numerous waterfalls and natural pools
    • Travel into town and embrace the Vanuatu culture and intricacies
    • Visiting local markets to find handmade treasures and souvenirs - a good opportunity to grab some street food and practice your local phrases!
    Our in-country management team are always enthusiastic to help you organise weekend excursions around the islands.

    Water Sports


    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.
    Other Skills
    Students studying in the discipline of health science, physiotherapy & related fields and qualified nurses, therapists, nutritionists, naturopaths, dietitians & allied health professionals. A qualified practitioner from Australia will be available to support and guide you during the program. Volunteers without qualifications in this field are still encouraged to apply and depending on your desire and experience, you may be accepted into the program.
    Time Commitment
    Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

    What's Included

    Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
    • Support of in-country practitioner supervisor / coordinator
    • Support of a team (normally 4 to 8 volunteers per intake)
    • Arrival airport transfers
    • 1 day induction & cultural orientation
    • All ground transportation including island ferries (where applicable)
    • Accommodation – Home stays & resort rooms (sharing with other volunteers)
    • 3 quality meals per day (We cater to healthy diets!)
    • Project equipment and materials (eg. safety lancets, gloves, blood testing kits, pamphlets)
    • Kava donations for traditional village greetings (Offerings to village chief’s)
    • 24/7 in-country support & emergency assistance
    • Training & guidance from qualified local staff
    • Certificate of Completion
    Airport Pickup at Santo Pekoa International Airport
    Upon your arrival, our driver will be waiting for you to take you to your accommodation to ensure a positive welcome experience to your program.

    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, hot 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 travellers.  The volunteer house is in close proximity to a basic supermarkets, ATM, fresh fruit and vegetable stands, petrol stations and bus stop.

    For couples or those wanting more privacy, private rooms in the volunteer house are available for an additional US$150 per week, subject to availability.

    Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
    Food & Beverages
    3 quality meals per day are included for the duration of the program.   We can cater to healthy diets too! Meals will be authentic to Vanuatu mainly consisting of coconut based curries, dahl, fish, rice, fresh fruits and labob which is a local dessert.    A good water purifier exists at the centre so you won’t need to buy water. 
    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 Santo Pekoa International Airport (SON) in Espiritu Santo. 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.
    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


    Details on arrival

    Outreach program intakes occur in 






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

    Program fees

    Costs: Prices in USD
    2 weeks (min. stay)
    2 weeks (max. stay)
    Average fees
    $723 /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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