Nutrition & Public Health Outreach Assistant

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High­lights

Practice your healthcare skills in a safe and supportive environment
Learn from a qualified practitioner first hand skills
Utilize your education to help those less fortunate than you
Experience the beautiful Fijian culture
Enjoy new friendships that could last a life time
Travel with purpose and help combat malnutrition and public health issues in Fiji. If you have an interest or background in Nutrition, Dietetics and community health.... This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 16+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Families
Groepen
50+
Background Information

According to a study in 2013, almost 1 in 3 Fijian’s is now diabetic and within the next 5 years this is projected to increase to 50%.  Obesity is a serious issue for island communities due to a lack of public health education in the face of cheap imported high carbohydrate and fatty foods.  There is also a huge increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a result of poor diet, in particular diabetes and heart disease.

Obesity and diabetes are placing a huge social, economical and emotional load on Fijian society. Currently, 1 in 3 Fijians are found to  have elevated blood sugar, and this is primarily attributed by the excessive consumption of simple carbohydrates like white rice, refined flour and cassava (a local root crop with very high Glycemic Index).

IVI’s nutrition and dietetics programs generally cater to recent graduates with nutrition, dietetics or natural health backgrounds seeking valuable work experience in Fiji.  Depending on the time of year and participant numbers, you’ll participate in structured outreach programs and/or work within busy health clinics shadowing qualified health professionals and/or conducting free assessments as well as general help and assistance where needed. 

Outreach Program – Nutrition & Public Health 

Working alongside a qualified practitioner, the aim of the outreach project is health promotion & free assessments in resorts, schools, villages and corporate centers to increase the knowledge about nutrition and the effect of physical activity in the daily life in order to prevent the risk of developing NCD’s.  Take part in an outreach program designed to empower Fijians to make informed decisions about their heath.   You may have the opportunity to conduct health screenings like blood pressure checks, blood glucose level tests and waist to hip ratios measurement.

Who Can Participate in the Outreach Program

Students studying in the discipline of health science, physiotherapy & related fields and qualified therapists, nutritionists, naturopaths, dietitians.  A qualified practitioner 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.

Why we need you in Fiji

  • Approx 34% of the population in Fiji live below the poverty line
  • Rates for education and literacy are low, making it hard for many local people to find skilled work
  • Lack of adamant nutrition is prominant in Fiji, increased by the cheap imported food available, leading to obesity problems, as well as problems such as type 2 diabetes & micronutrient deficiencies
  • Malutrition is also seen in Fiji, particually with the under 5's, showing signs such as stunted growth and wasting (loosing muscle mass)

How can you help on this project?

    • For health students and qualified professionals, combat malnutrition and public health issues in Fiji
    • Assist in local health checks with guidance from a qualified in country practitioner
    • 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 will you be doing?

  • Conduct health screenings like blood pressure checks, blood glucose level tests and waist to hip ratios measurement.
  • Give educational assistance and local talks (if desired)
  • Design fitness and exercise programs for villagers
  • Help identify protein deficiency among local school children

Dagelijkse activiteiten

As a volunteer on the public health & nutrition care project you’ll work in various communities around Nadi and Lautoka and the islands as well as remote island communities which lack access to basic healthcare.  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 assessments (5 star resorts)
– 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.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

Nadi is the main tourist area for Fiji and the gateway to island hoping.  Coral coast is a beautiful stretch of tourist beaches located about 1 hour south by car.   There are are many options for weekend excursions which our in-country management team will help you organize while in Fiji.  

Watersport
Duiken/
Snorkelen
Wandelen
Sport
Yoga/
Meditatie

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je ten minste 16 jaar te zijn op de startdatum van het programma.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (basis niveau)
Bewijs van goed gedrag en zeden
verplicht
Opleidingsvereisten
Healthcare op niveau
Vereiste documenten
CV
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 09:00 - 13:30

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Involvement Volunteers IVI

Includes:

  • In-country qualified practitioner supervisor / coordinator
  • Access to resort facilities & services (during corporate health components)
  • Arrival & departure airport transfers (Nadi)
  • Accommodation – Home Stays & Resort Rooms! (twin or triple sharing with other volunteers)
  • 3 Meals per day
  • Ground transportation
  • Use of necessary equipment and project materials (eg. blood glucose test kits)
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Certificate of Completion
  • University / CPE points (as us how)

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Nadi International Airport

Return airport transfers included from Nadi International Airport

Accomodatie
Enjoy the experience of living like a local in Fiji while staying with other international volunteers.   During the corporate health components of the program you will likely stay in a resort rooms sharing twin or triple share with your volunteer mates.   Additional time spent will be within friendly and comfortable Fijian homestay's sharing twin share with other volunteers.  

All our homestay's offer 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.  Enjoy integrating into a local Fijian way of life. You’ll have the support and care of living with a real Fijian family. We have a dedicated team on the ground and a network of host families and ground operators in various parts of the country.
Gastfamilie Slaapkamer (Enkel) Slaapkamer (Dubbel)
Eten & Drank

Meals are included and served either at the resort (yummy!) or at the host family for breakfast and dinner with lunch normally on site.  A typical day may consist of (subject to variation).   We can also cater to gluten free, dairy free or vegan diets:

  • 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 toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Nadi International Airport (NAN) in Nadi. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Fiji.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Fiji biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Fiji dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Fiji.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Outreach program Intake dates.   Inquire with us to confirm specific start dates.
JAN
JUN
JUL
AUG
NOV

Please note you can combine this 2 week program with our other Fiji programs if you wish to extend your stay!   Other projects include teaching in schools and kindergartens, construction, woman and children's communes etc
Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
1 - 2 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
1 week (min. verblijf)
$1.260
2 weken (max. verblijf)
$1.425
Gemiddelde kosten
$986 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Involvement Volunteers IVI zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Involvement Volunteers IVI gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

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Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Involvement Volunteers IVI jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Involvement Volunteers IVI

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Nutrition & Public Health Outreach Assistant

Travel with purpose and help combat malnutrition and public health issues in Fiji. If you have an interest or background in Nutrition, Dietetics and community health....

$986/week

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