Summer Service Program in Fiji

Experience Impactful Service and Adventure On This Immersive Service Trip For Teens!

Looking for an unforgettable high school summer travel program? Join our Fijian family! Experience Fijian life first hand and contribute to service projects that bring us to the heart of the local community. On this teen volunteer program, you will teach English and geography classes, take part in a Sevu Sevu Welcome Ceremony, and soak up the sunshine while snorkeling, trekking to hidden waterfalls, SCUBA diving (optional add on), and spying on spinner dolphins. It’s the perfect Fiji summer service program!

Itinerary

DAYS 1-4: VITI LEVU ISLAND ORIENTATION

Our beautiful beach eco-resort on Fiji’s Sunshine Coast serves as a wonderful base for orientation, getting to know one another, and introductory community service activities with a local school. We hit the local market to barter for our colorful sulus, or sarongs, the national dress of both men and women in Fiji.

DAYS 5-11: YASAWA SCUBA DIVE CERTIFICATION, MARINE ECOLOGY, AND SERVICE

Next stop is the world famous Yasawa Islands and an amazing opportunity to live alongside warm, caring, Fijian people in a traditional community setting. When we arrive, a “sevu sevu” welcome ceremony inducts our group into the community for the duration of our stay. We stay in a resort setting adjacent to the village as a group, which allows us to manage our health and safety while still being able to fully immerse in the Fijian village culture. We eat meals in a communal setting where we create inspired banquets full of fruits, breads, fresh seafood and native dishes that we gather alongside our local hosts. The villages we work with have mapped out the priorities for health, education, community facilities and protecting their valuable marine environment. We work alongside our hosts lending our time, labor, and financial support. During the past 20 summers, we have built nurses’ stations, constructed and restored community buildings and classrooms, led classes teaching English to village kids, and worked with marine biologists to preserve the coral reefs and incredible marine environment. These are meaningful, grassroots projects where we work side-by-side with the village families, who directly benefit from our efforts. We live and work at the relaxed pace of ‘Fiji-time’. Our days include learning to SCUBA dive and/or snorkel above Fiji’s colorful reefs, volunteer projects, adventure activities, and introductions to traditional, local customs, crafts, and games! Fiji is paradise in the Pacific, complete with volcanic mountains, coral reefs, waterfalls, hiking trails, and single lane dirt roads that transport us back to a simpler time.

*Please note that SCUBA certification and activity is an optional add on for $350.   

DAYS 12-15: MARINE BIOLOGY ECO-ADVENTURE

We take a boat excursion Island hopping through the beautiful Yasawa Islands meeting Local naturalist guides who help us to understand these amazing creatures we encounter and the environmental issues that they face. You will have a chance to swim with Manta Rays, catch fish for dinner beside a beachside bonfire and camp in safari style tents  on the beach under the stars of the southern cross. A hike to a tropical rainforest waterfall with views of the Pacific is a perfect place to reflect about our time on the Fijian Islands before departing for home. Your time in Fiji will forever be an example of communal village life, a way of life that may soon be lost in time.

DAYS 16-17: PROGRAM WRAP UP AND DEPARTURE

We wrap up our adventures with an awesome final dinner and reflection activity.  The next day, we depart for home. Join us to explore this special culture, meet people who will always be in your heart, and discover what it means to have a truly profound travel experience!

Global Works will arrange a chaperoned group flight from Los Angeles (LAX) for this program. Airfare is not included in the tuition. When flights become available, please contact us for the latest airfare pricing or visit our Flight & Travel Arrangements page for more information about travel days.

Please note that, given the unprecedented nature of travel currently, this itinerary is subject to change.

Participants may be subject to additional expenses related to entry requirements to your destination and/or re-entry to your home country. Global Works does not cover these expenses. Additional costs may include, but are not limited to, COVID tests, insurance, or other. See our Covid-19 FAQ’s for more information.   The most up to date requirements can be found via links on your login page on the Flight and Travel Day Instruction form after enrollment.

Community Service Projects

Educational Volunteering

Teach English, Math, and Geography in a Fijian school

Building Projects

Restore a local school or work on constructing the community center

Community Development

Work with the women in the kitchen or help paint a newly constructed home

Adventure & Cultural Activities

Experience Fiji's community life

SCUBA and snorkel Fiji's brilliant blue coastal waters

Trek volcanic mountain trails

Gallery

Accommodations

BEACH ECO-RESORT

Located on the main island of Viti Levu, our beach side hotel is a perfect place for orientation and introductory activities. Lodging is hotel style with students sleeping in rooms in groups of 3-4. Hot water, pool, and access to the beach are included amenities.

YASAWA ISLANDS

We stay in a resort setting close to the local community that we will be working with. Students will stay in rooms that house 2-6 participants. This will allow for a great balance of community immersion and access to the beautiful coast, while maintaining health and safety.

Reviews & Testimonials

As we all lined up to leave our homestay in Nativi, men, women, and children surrounded us. I say to myself, ‘if they start singing, I will cry’. Sing they did, and cry I did. As we shook hands and gave thank yous and hugs, I was flooded with an inexplicable emotion. I must go back.

- Delaney B., Fiji Participant

Our daughter came home saying, “It is amazing how beautiful a smile can be!” Thank you for letting our daughter, Phoebe, accompany you on this trip to Fiji! She and her “Fijian Mom” have already corresponded!

- Kathy D. G., Parent of Fiji Participant