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GoEco

Village Relief and Rebuilding Assistant

by GoEco

On Feb 21st 2016 Cyclone Winston left a path of devastation on the Fiji Islands. Join us to support the local community by providing aid in rebuilding what was destroyed.

Fiji's capital, Suva,  is a port city located on the island of Viti Levu. As the largest city in the South Pacific, it has become the country's commercial, administrative and political center. This bustling metropolis sits on a hilly peninsula with Suva Harbor to the west and Laucala Bay to the east. The only relatively flat section of the city is Victoria Parade, a thin strip of land where most of the restaurants, cafés and shops are located. 

Suva's residents are extremely multicultural, with an increasing number of Indo-Fijian, Australians and New Zealanders. Aside from the locals, the capital frequently hosts a number of Asian sailors granted liberty and university students from around the Pacific. 

About the Project
Tens of thousands of people in Fiji are living in evacuation centers after Cyclone Winston tore across the South Pacific country. Cyclone Winston, the worst storm recorded in the southern hemisphere, killed 42 people, according Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office. The category-five storm also left many without water and it could be weeks or months before electricity is restored in some areas.
 
The cyclone has had a devastating impact on the lives and properties of the Fijian population. The scale of destruction is unimaginable. However the need of the hour is the provision of basic necessities such as drinking water, food, clothing, medicines and makeshift accommodation to the thousands displaced by this awful catastrophe.
 
This project  was set up in order to mobilize and distribute basic necessities, such as drinking water, clothing, medicine, and food to those displaced and affected by the cyclone, as well as assist with the restoration and rebuilding of homes, schools, and buildings. 

Volunteer Work and Contribution
There is an undeniable need for volunteers to assist with a range of different tasks. These may include but are not limited to

Renovation and Rebuilding: Several thousand people have been rendered homeless due to the storm. Volunteers are needed to help with rebuilding efforts, building makeshift accommodation as well as the  clearing of debris.

General Clean-up activities: Due to the nature of the storm,  several areas are inundated with rubble and debris and need to be cleared  before any other work can begin. Volunteers are needed to carry out general clean-up activities as well as to help remove roadblocks that may prevent  other relief operations.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Typical day

A typical day
After breakfast, volunteers will assist at their morning project from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. This may include helping clean up debris, renovating the local school, and/or mixing cement.  After a break for lunch, volunteer activities will resume their afternoon activities from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. After, you'll be taken back to your accommodations to clean up, eat dinner, and relax. You will have Saturdays and Sundays off to spend as you wish. 
 
*Please note: The program can change depending on the weather and local conditions
 
Holidays
While the project does remain open through most holidays, the site closes annually for a short Christmas break. If booking near the end of December, please consult your placement coordinator for exact closure dates.

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You should be physically fit as volunteering can be quite exhausting.

Volunteers wanting to help the relief effort in Fiji need to keep an open mind regarding conditions on the island and to remember they are going to help communities who have lost everything.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

The Fiji Islands offer numerous free time activities such as hiking, swimming and diving. Many participants enjoy travelling to other islands in the area for a quick day trip and exploring the water with scuba diving. After the program is over, there are even more recommended places to visit, attainable after a day or two of travelling. These include travelling to Taveuni (known as the “garden of Fiji”) or visiting the capital city of Suva. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking

Included Services

What's included?
Included in the fees are the accommodation, the food in form of 3 meals per day, our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support as well as project-related transportation and an airport pickup. 
Furthermore, a comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage is included. You will also receive a pre-departure kit with the full project details as well as all necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival.
Airport Pickup at Nadi International

An airport pickuo is included on your arrival day.

Accommodation

You will stay in a shared dorm-style room at a center in Suva with four to six volunteers per room. Each room has a wall fan and a bathroom with hot water and a Western-style toilet. All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. 


Laundry: Laundry services are not provided. 

Internet: Volunteers are advised to buy a local sim card with Internet data. They are cheap and easily availabl

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

From Monday-Friday, three meals a day are provided. Breakfast is Western - style while lunch and dinner consist of typical Fijian fare. On the weekends, only breakfast and dinner are provided.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$940.00
3 weeks
$1,260.00
4 weeks
$1,580.00
5 weeks
$1,900.00
6 weeks
$2,220.00
7 weeks
$2,540.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,860.00
Average fees
$414.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Suva/Fiji between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco 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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Fiji

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Fiji. Please check the visa regulations for Fiji.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Fiji and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Fiji.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Fiji.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Nadi International (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Fiji you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Fiji.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Fiji while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Viti Levu Island, Suva, Fiji

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