You'll work closely with a local animal welfare charity, and will be involved in the day-to-day running of a large urban animal welfare centre. Your activities will vary, and will range from cleaning animal cages, caring for stray and abandoned cats and dogs, helping to re-home pets or educating local communities about the importance of animal welfare. Your level of involvement will of course depend on your skills, practical work experience and academic qualifications.
The Fijian archipelago lies scattered lazily in the achingly blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, bathed in the radiant antipodean sunlight. Its towns and villages are veritable melting pots of cultural influences – see multicoloured Hindu temples perched next to relics of the traditional indigenous spirit houses with their lingering sense of an ancient magic.
Its irresistible shores are fringed with picture-perfect palm trees, and the azure waters that surround the islands are inhabited by an astonishing array of marine creatures; over 1,200 species of fish including clown fish, trigger fish, blue tangs, 12 species of whales and dolphin, anemones, soft coral and much more.
Enjoy fragrant sun drenched days and balmy exotic nights – try a Fijian beach party for whirling fire dancers, traditional dancing and delectable food cooked in a traditional underground oven. Fiji will enchant you with its infectious, chilled out "Fiji time" lifestyle and its heavenly beaches – the perfect paradise location for your adventure!
Fees help cover the follow:
- Pre-departure support
- Airport pick-up (subject to your project start date)
- Food (two meals per day)
- Local homestay accommodation (hostel upgrade is available at a modest cost)
- Local orientation and Project briefing
- In-country emergency support
- 24-hour international HQ back-up
- Airport pickup subject to start date (In-country transfers subject to start date)
What to Expect?
You'll be encouraged to bring your own initiative and enthusiasm to the project, whilst also constantly learning from professionals working alongside you. Those with Veterinary experience may be able to involve themselves in minor procedures, whilst those with less experience will be able to take part in the general care of animals and maintenance of the shelter. You will have the choice of either concentrating on a particular aspect of the animal welfare centre you are interested in or work across many different elements.
Wherever your goals lie, whether purely in a career in veterinary sciences or just as a personal interest to protect vulnerable animals, this project has something for you. As well as all this, you will discover more about this exotic destination and its people through your work and involvement in the project.
What happens when you arrive?
This will depend on your arrival date. An airport pick-up service is offered to volunteers arriving on the first and third Monday of the month only for volunteers whose flights land before 2:30pm local time. All other volunteers must make their own way to Suva. We will provide you with easy to follow instructions prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey.
If you are arriving into Fiji before the first Monday of the month but wish to travel to the project site with the main deployment group on the first Monday of the month, the overland arrival meeting point is at Nadi international airport arrivals hall. Please make sure that your intended arrival/travel plans have been arranged and confirmed with the project field staff a minimum of 1 week before your project start date.
Where you'll be staying?
Your home in Fiji will be a comfortable and welcoming homestay with an hospitable Fijian family or, if you choose to upgrade, in a simple and comfortable lodge near the centre of Suva, where you will be in a single sex dorm with access to a kitchen, TV, garden, sun deck, laundry service (10 FJD for 1 bag), cold showers, linen and please note that house rules apply (an extra cost of approximately $100/week applies for hostel accommodation). You will need to bring your own eating utensils or you can hire them for a FJ$10 deposit.
What you'll be eating?
You'll be able to sample Fijian home-cooked meals which will be prepared for you by your host family. Some local dishes to look forward to include taro, breadfruit, sweet potato, cassava, dahl soup and rotis. A delicious Fijian speciality is a lovo feast, which is a meal cooked in a hole in the ground – unusual but very tasty.
If you are in the lodge you will prepare your own breakfast and dinner each day using supplies purchased for you by the in country staff.
How you'll be getting to the program?
Transport from your accommodation to your place of work each day will be by local bus, taxi (cost not included) or foot.
- Program ID: # 2546
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: SuvaFiji18° 7' 53.0724" S, 178° 27' 6.6348" EFJ
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Nadi (NAN)
- Costs From: $1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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