Volunteering Overseas in Fiji

Are you interested in taking a gap year between high school and college or between college and graduate school? Are you a corporate professional or a retiree just looking for new experiences? If you are, you may be interested in volunteering overseas for a year. Involvement Volunteers International (IVI), which has been operating for 25 years, is known for placing individuals in safe and affordable international volunteering programs. Individuals who take part in these programs get new and highly ethical life experiences that are unique to any typical tourist experience.

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One of the most popular volunteering overseas programs with IVI is Volunteer Fiji. Fiji is an archipelago of 330 tropical islands and is one of the most developed Pacific Island economies. Due to a persistent under-employment and a lack of investment, however, there are some significant obstacles when it comes to sustainability and economic growth in Fiji. As it is now, there are more than 250,000 Fijians who live in poverty and thousands more who live at or just above the poverty line. In addition, Fiji’s developmental obstacles mean that the efficient delivery of health care, education, work opportunities, and other social services are incredibly difficult. Conversely, the struggles of Fiji mean that there are a variety of fields and openings for volunteers.

Through IVI, there are affordable volunteer programs for students who are looking to take a gap year, travelers, and corporate groups. These programs provide authentic Fijian volunteering experiences. IVI has a dedicated team in Fiji that helps ease the transition of volunteers and answers any of their questions. They also have reliable and friendly host families all over the country including the stunning seaside neighborhoods in around and Lautoka.

Anyone interested in taking a Fiji gap year can choose to participate in any number of IVI’s volunteers programs. IVI programs in Fiji include working in orphanages, working in disaster management and first aid, participating in a nutrition program, volunteering in animal shelters, volunteering in special needs schools, teaching in Suva, and working in local libraries.

Moreover, there is a ‘Mix & Match’ component to these programs that allows volunteers to select multiple volunteer programs to participate in. Individuals partaking in these programs must volunteer for a minimum of one week, but can volunteer for up to four months. Costs for these programs range from $325.00 to $1450.00, depending on the length of an individual’s stay including airport transfers, food, accommodation, orientation, and volunteer support.

Those who participate in the Fiji Disaster Relief Management and First Aid Program learn how to help communities prepare for and respond to disasters and how to assist with planning and implementing local solutions to support sustainable ways of living. Meanwhile, those who teach in Suva get to assist teachers at school in teaching computer, math, gardening, and music. All of the volunteers get invaluable life experiences where they are immersed in, a new culture, bond with individuals from around the globe, and earn a sense of fulfillment that comes from volunteering overseas. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and volunteer in Fiji. For more information, visit http://www.volunteering.org.au/

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