Details & Itinerary
Get outside, get active, and expand your horizons on this sustainability and community development service adventure. Starting on New Zealand’s North Island, support reforestation efforts for the national Kiwi bird, learn the Maori Haka and dip underground while black water rafting through the Waitomo Caves. Then, jump into Fiji’s family life with a rural homestay and community development projects in a small, welcoming village. Make friends, teach English and soak up some sun on excursions in this beautiful paradise.
Our group flight crosses the international date line, makes a stop in Fiji, and finally lands in Auckland! We meet our Kiwi guides and travel to the rugged western coast of the North Island. After we arrive, our home in the beach community of Raglan provides us with an incredible backdrop for teambuilding activities, getting to know one another, and learning about the history and culture of “Aotearoa.” Here, we embark on a variety of environmental projects such as perma-culture, planting trees, and a community recycling project. When we are not working, we are hanging out with our new friends and enjoying New Zealand’s incredible beauty. Activities include learning to surf at the famous Raglan beach break, hiking on Mt. Karioi, and kayaking along the bay.
The next portion of our trip brings lots of adventure! We explore the world-renowned Waitomo Caves, home to glowworms and geological marvels. We even get the opportunity to rock climb and repel down waterfalls. On our way to the next destination, we stop to volunteer with the Kiwi Foundation and get a chance to see these endangered birds! We then head to the city of Taupo to explore the famous Huka Falls.
The next part of our New Zealand journey takes us to the geothermal wonderland of the central North Island to gain a true appreciation for the Māori people and their unique culture in Rotorua and the Te Puia Marae. The local community welcomes us– sharing the spirit, legends, dance, song, food, vitality, and warmth that are the essence of New Zealand’s native Māori culture. We drive along the beautiful landscape, getting a taste of the country that brought us ‘The Lord of The Rings’. Our final New Zealand stop is Auckland, “the City of Sails.” On our last evening in New Zealand, we have time to explore and enjoy dinner in the heart of the city and to reflect on the first leg of this amazing journey.
Although it is a sad farewell as we board our flight, our eyes remain wide with excitement and anticipation as we head towards the sandy beaches of the Fiji Islands. After a short flight, we travel to a remote coastal village. A true paradise in the Pacific, this Fijian village is complete with volcanic mountains, coral reefs, waterfalls, and friendly people. We essentially become part of this coastal community, living and working at the relaxed pace of “Fiji-time.” After a formal “sevu sevu” welcoming ceremony, the village opens its heart and homes to us.
Working side-by-side with our Fijian friends, we help with Community Development projects, such as building a kindergarten, community center, or library for the village school. During our days here, we work on projects, learn about local customs, and participate in adventure activities such as SCUBA diving (optional activity)! Our stay in Fiji provides us with the extraordinary experience of living a communal, village lifestyle.
The Global Works chaperoned Group Flight departs from Los Angeles (LAX) for this program. Airfare is not included the tuition. Please visit Dates & Tuition for group flight costs and Flight & Travel Arrangements for more information about travel days.
Adventure & Cultural Activities
KARIOI LODGE, RAGLAN
An off the beaten track back-packers hotel, students stay in dorm-style rooms (private for Global Workers, not additional tourists). If lucky, you get a room with an ocean view! Hammocks, sun decks, ping pong and pool tables are popular with our group!
WAITOMO KIWIPAKA HOTEL
Two to six students share typical hotel rooms with private baths.
NATIVI VILLAGE HOMESTAYS
Our village is inland and mountainous. Students stay in groups of 2-3 with local families in basic, but friendly, homes. Meals are all communal as a group and all homes are in very close proximity to one another. Potable water and showers are available throughout the stay here.
TAKALANA BEACH RESORT
Our final stop in Fiji is our beach-side hotel. Students stay 2-4 per room with private baths, hot showers, and a pool.