Global Nomadic

Construction and Renovation Supporter

Suva, Fiji show on map

Agency | Global Nomadic

Contribute to the local Fijian community and help to provide better living conditions, schools and kindergartens. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The project


The goal of this project is to support the local community by providing shelter for those in need and rebuilt what has been lost in the recent cyclone disaster.. You will develop infrastructure for the local community and school children and participate in renovating or building parks, playgrounds, classrooms, kindergartens and more.

This is a wonderful opportunity to keep active and fit and to use your creative and construction skills. You may also participate in a landscaping project in addition to construction, join in painting schools and renovating classrooms. The construction project provides tangible assistance to the local community and allows thousands of families who life in inadequate accommodations to move to better quality homes. Children who attend school in crumbling buildings can receive education in secure, new classrooms. Your efforts will contribute to the growth and development of the local community.

This project aims at relieving the communities from some of the stress and pressure under which they live, making a difference to the local community by providing better living conditions. The project involves hard physical and manual labor including laying bricks, painting, laying tiles, doing carpentry and landscaping/gardening. In Suva, the project has a more artistic, fun and creative side where participants renovate or create drawings, paint in several kindergartens and primary schools.

The Location

Fiji is an archipelago in the South Pacific whose 333 beautiful islands are famous for their blue lagoons and sandy beaches. When the first settlers, the “Lapita” people, arrived three and a half thousand years ago, they lay the foundation of a complex cultural network and a unique identity which differentiates Fiji from its neighbors. Today’s inhabitants of Fiji - Indians, Europeans, Chinese and other Pacific islanders, live together peacefully and preserve their culture and identity. The two major islands - Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are home to the majority of the country’s population, which leaves the rest of Fiji less densely populated.

Suva, located on the southeast coast of Viti Levu, is the capital of the country and its most cosmopolitan city. A harbour city built on the peninsula, Suva has approximately 86,000 inhabitants of European, Indian, Asian and Fijian background. 

Fiji’s adventure capital, Pacific Harbor, is located less than an hour drive from Suva and sits along a beautiful stretch of coastline on the Southeast coast of Viti Levu. The area has a well-earned reputation among adrenaline lovers for its wide variety of activities.

Typical day

Your first week will be an introductory experience to the island, this is compulsory for all trips to Fiji, and is the best way to get to know the people, culture and nature before starting your volunteer experience.

During your first day volunteering, you will start planning the project together with the coordinator assigned to you. When you have received all relevant information and have finished planning the project, you will have lunch and head over to the community location. After the working day is done, you will return to the center and attend a meeting where you will provide feedback about your first day.

The following days, prepare for an start early as you go to the project site each morning, where you will start your assigned tasks for the day. During the whole project you will be supported by a project coordinator. After lunch, you will work at the community location focusing on construction and renovation. The working time is around 6 hours a day.

Depending on the school’s plans and activities and the weather and local conditions, the program may change.

Details on Arrival

Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Free-time activities

With a unique combination of nature and culture, Suva is a great place to enjoy fresh flora and perfect beaches as well as to explore Fijian arts, rituals and festivals.

Pacific Harbour’s offers lush rainforests, rivers and waterfalls and a pristine 2 km beach looking across Beqa Island with its famous lagoon and fire walkers. There is a broad variety of activities, including surfing, shark feeding and four-wheel-drive tours. More laid-back activities are also available for those who enjoy golf or fishing.
Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking

Program 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)
Required Documents
Necessary vaccinations and flight & visas; Full travel & medical insurance
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good physical fitness
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Global Nomadic (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Global Nomadic

  • food
  • accommodation
  • airport pickup
  • orientation
  • in-country support
  • project activities
If you choose to be placed in the Pacific Harbour location, the cost is £400 / $500 per week.


Airport Pickup at Nadi International Airport

We will pick you up at Nadi International airport.

Accommodation

Participants stay in shared bedrooms with attached bathrooms at our dorm-style House Centre. All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to contribute to keeping the accommodation neat and tidy. There are refrigerators at the accommodation for your convenience. The bathrooms have hot water and all rooms have wall-fans for cooling off. There is Wi-fi available; however, the quality and speed might be much less than you are used to.

Within a 5-10 minutes radius from the house centre you can find many ATMs, a local supermarket and a local shop where you buy a SIM card for your mobile phone. There are multiple health and medical centres within a 20 minutes car ride radius from the center.

Private rooms are available for an additional £100 per week.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
During your trip, three meals per day are served on Monday to Friday and two meals per day on the weekends. Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner are typical Fijian meals.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$900.00
3 weeks
$1,350.00
4 weeks
$1,800.00
5 weeks
$2,250.00
7 weeks
$3,150.00
9 weeks
$4,050.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$10,800.00
Average fees
$450.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Suva/Fiji between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Nomadic will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Fiji.
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 Global Nomadic during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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