Shark conservation

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Coordinator | David

High­lights

Survey sharks to help us learn more about their ecology and protect them
Swim in tropical waters with 1000's of fish from 100's of different species.
The chance to interact with villagers and gain a cultural experience like no tourist can.
Dive at sites with spectacular coral
Swim in waters frequented by species of shark and get the chance to study their diversity and behaviour.
Live on Frontier's purpose built beach camp in the south Pacific and get involved with the conservation of these beautiful, vital and yet most misunderstood animals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
The Fijian archipelago lies scattered lazily in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, bathed in the radiant antipodean sunlight. Its towns and villages are veritable melting pots of cultural influences.

Fiji's shores are fringed with picture-perfect palm trees, and the azure waters that surround the islands are inhabited by an array of marine creatures; over 1,200 species of fish including clownfish, triggerfish, blue tangs, 10 species of shark, 12 species of whales, dolphins, turtles, anemones, soft coral and much more.

Enjoy sun drenched days and warm nights of delectable food cooked in a traditional underground oven. Fiji will enchant you with its chilled out "Fiji time" lifestyle, its heavenly beaches and surrounding mountains of rainforest– the perfect paradise location for your Frontier adventure! 

This project is ideal for anyone with an interest in these endangered and misunderstood animals. Join us on our Fiji Shark Project, helping to determine the diversity and behaviour of these iconic, yet endangered species. Work with us on assessing the factors that are putting these species under threat, from overfishing, to pollution and habitat destruction. Help us assess the status and health of reef sharks in Fiji . The aim of this project is to increase understanding of their population dynamics and behaviour, both locally and internationally, to strengthen local and international protections for these species and to raise awareness among the local community regarding the importance of sharks.

Typical day

7:00 a.m. – Breakfast at the the Frontier camp, prepared by the volunteers!

8:30 a.m. – Volunteers leave camp by boat for dive training, or science training at the volunteer house 

12:30 p.m. – Volunteers break for a packed lunch (lunch prepared by volunteers when at the volunteer house)

2:00 p.m.  -  Volunteer work at the volunteer house for the afternoon (beach cleanups, camp maintenance, science training, snorkeling) 

5:00 p.m. – The working day comes to an end. Volunteers are free to catch up on anything, plan for the next day’s work and socialise.

6:00 p.m. – Dinner at the Frontier camp, prepared by volunteers!

7:00 p.m. - Socialising… party on a Saturday!

*This itinerary should only be considered as an example of the kind of activities and timescales to expect.  Actual itineraries may vary depending on the season and the requirements of the project.

Free-time activities

The Frontier-Fiji camp is fun and in your spare time and weekends off you'll have opportunities to swim and snorkel, play rugby against the unbeatable local side or even attend local church ceremonies. Alternatively you may enjoy a traditional cava session with the locals, play a wide variety of fun camp or card games from poker to bridge, chess or backgammon, or join in a camp quiz night. After a long hard day of diving you may prefer to relax and sit and chat to your new friends beside a roaring campfire, under a sky lit up by millions of stars.

For those of you with extra energy additional, higher level dive courses or speciality dives are available at competitive rates.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking
Yoga/
Meditation

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 (intermediate 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 and Friday

What's Included

Services by Frontier

Before you go:

Pre-departure support 
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)

In-county: 

Cast away camp accommodation & food
Local orientation & comprehensive project training
Project equipment & camp diving equipment
Research materials
24 hour in-country support
International HQ emergency support & back-up

Free airport pickup and transfer to the island for volunteers arriving on the first Monday of each month. For those arriving on different dates optional  airport pickup, transfers to the island and accommodation for the first night can be arranged at a small additional cost. 

Diving projects: PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water Qualifications are required for this project. Dive training to PADI Dive Master courses available & FREE use of Frontier project dive equipment, including tanks, BCDs, Regs, weights, compressor & all air fills, boats, outboard engines (personal dive kit, including mask, fins, snorkel and wet suit not included). Scuba dive courses available subject to availability, confined water dives may be done in Suva. 

Airport Pickup at Nadi International Airport
Free airport pickup and transfer to the island for volunteers arriving on the first and third Monday of each month. For those arriving on different dates optional  airport pickup, transfers to the island and accommodation for the first night can be arranged at a small additional cost. 
Accommodation

During the project you'll live in our simple but comfortable timber frame house on a cast away camp on the south Pacific island of Beqa. We aim to provide you with an authentic and memorable living experience. The Beqa house and camp has been constructed by local craftsmen, using traditional building techniques and locally sourced building materials. The camp is situated five minutes away from the shore through the rainforest. Camp life is very simple, unsophisticated and fun. You will be staying in communal house near to the local communities. Your "shower" consists of a pipe that runs into the house from the local stream and runs 24 hours a day. The camp has a western style bucket flush toilet and camp style gas hobs to cook on. Prepare for the basic, cast away, virtually footprint-less lifestyle! On occasions you may have to travel further from your beach camp to reach a distant dive site, and then you might stay in a “satellite camp”, usually a mosquito net pitched on a beach.

As well as the diving and marine conservation work you may be asked to help with the scientific data entry and will need to help with daily camp maintenance, taking turns to cook, tidy and clean the camp, rinse dive kit, and help with a wide variety of other important and essential camp duties.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Camp food is simple and nutritious and consists largely of rice, split peas, pancakes, flatbreads, , pasta and fruit, all of which are purchased in-country or made on camp in order to help support the local economy. Luxuries such as sweets, biscuits and drinking chocolate have to be brought over to the island from Suva, so make sure you stock up before heading to the camp! Part of your role on camp will be to help with the cooking, so get your cookbooks out now and start practising! Also, with luck you'll be invited to local feasts and festivals – a great way to integrate with the local communities in the nearby villages and absorb the fabulous and welcoming local culture.

Some local dishes to look forward to include taro, taro leaves, breadfruit, sweet potato, cassava, and cassava chips, coconut and fabulous shellfish and seafood. A delicious Fijian speciality is a lovo feast, which is a meal cooked in a hole in the ground – unusual but very tasty!

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

This project starts on the first and third Monday of the month, with airport pick up included in the cost of this project if you arrive on the dates mentioned. Alternative start dates are available on request however this won't include airport pick up and will come at an additional cost. 

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)
$ 2,045
2 weeks
$ 2,495
3 weeks
$ 2,795
4 weeks
$ 3,245
5 weeks
$ 3,845
6 weeks
$ 4,295
7 weeks
$ 4,695
8 weeks
$ 4,945
10 weeks
$ 5,695
20 weeks (max. stay)
$ 8,595
Average fees
$ 1,237 /week

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

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Shark conservation

Live on Frontier's purpose built beach camp in the south Pacific and get involved with the conservation of these beautiful, vital and yet most misunderstood animals.

$1237/week

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