Trip Details

Actively support the community development in Vanuatu by engaging in our reconstruction and renovation project!

Under this project, you will support building and renovating public buildings such as schools, community halls, etc. which would truly benefit the underprivileged communities in Vanuatu who have been affected not only by poverty but also by natural disasters such as cyclones.

Volunteers will be mainly working to uplift the education of children by constructing teaching units for young children in Piliura and Launamoa villages. Most of these buildings were badly affected by the cyclone in 2015. As a result, the children are having a difficult time in having a proper education due to not having the appropriate facilities to continue their studies.

Joining the locals and taking part in the construction of building for these children. In addition, you will not only support building a concrete building for the kids at a preschool but also facilitate the repair work at the existing buildings including renovating gutters and drainage’s, upgrading toilet facilities, etc.

Aims & Objectives
To contribute to community development by constructing and renovating public buildings.

Trip Itinerary

Your volunteer duties will include:

  • Helping the local communities to complete the construction of a permanent building
  • Support building gutters
  • Support building a proper drainage system

A typical schedule may look like this:

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Vanuatu 🙂

 

 

Trip Accommodation

Pélé Island, sometimes spelled Pele in English, is a volcanic island located 11,2 miles north of the island of Éfaté in the Shefa Province of the Republic of Vanuatu. It has a total area of 1.7 square miles, Pélé is inhabited by about 200-220 Ni-Vanuatu villagers residing in the four villages: Worsiviu, Worearu, Piliura, and Launamoa. Pélé Island is a part of the MPA Nguna-Pele Marine Protected Area, which was established in 2003, and is a popular Vanuatuan diving location. The Nguna-Pele Marine Protected Area covers a total area of 11.5 sq. mi., including numerous reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove forests and intertidal lagoons. The Nguna-Pele Marine Protection Agency is located in the village of Piliura, and mounts an exhibition and sells T-shirts. Income from tourism is distributed by the Village Tourism Committee and supports aims as village water supply projects.

The island can be visited daily by boat from the Paonangisu area by the town of Emua on Éfaté’s north coast. There are also yachts available both from Emua and Nguna for day and overnight charters to the island. The island is nearly adjacent to the island of Nguna, with a small passage no deeper than 33 yards separating the two. It has a tropical climate and has a maximum elevation of 650 feet at its highest. Much of the island is extremely steep and rocks prevent you from walking along the coastline around the island. White sandy beaches are found in Piliura, Worearu, Laonamoa, and Sake. Overpopulation has led to a steady migration from Pele villages to southern Nguna in recent times.

Accommodation & Food

A beautiful villa located very close to the beach. A home away from home. 2- 4 people per room on a single gender basis. Private rooms are also available however subject to availability at an additional cost.

Food Arrangements
You will be served with authentic cuisine which consists mainly of Chicken dishes, and dishes such as cheese curry served in coconut milk. Coconut curry, dhal (lentils), fish curry, saffron rice, fresh tropical fruits, and ladob is eaten either as a savoury dish or as a dessert.

Facilities
ATMs: There are ATM’s around our centers. The closest one to our residence is about a 15 minute walk from the house.

Shop: The closest local supermarket is a 10 minute walk from the centre.

Trip Country Info

Vanuatu

Capital: Port Vila
Language: Bislama
Currency: Vanuatu Vatu (VUV)
Time zone: VUT (UTC +11)

Country Information
Vanuatu consists of 83 islands located about 800 kms west of Fiji and 2,250kms northeast of Sydney. Until the explorers and missionaries arrived around the 15th century, Vanuatu had been home to Melanesians for over 3,500 years. It now has a Westminster parliamentary style of democracy since its independence on 30th July 1980, after more than 70 years of rule by Great Britain and France. Its original name given by Capt James Cook in 1774 was New Hebrides and the legal system is based on British law. The population is 95% indigenous “Ni-Vanuatu” of Melanesian descent.

Vanuatu for many years already has been a financial centre, without any personal or corporate taxes nor any tax treaties with foreign countries. On all goods and services a Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 12.5%.There are exports of copra, manganese, hardwood and beef, whilst Tanna Island is famous for its excellent coffee grown there.

Climate
Vanuatu has a tropical climate in most areas with subtropical conditions at some of the most

southern islands.Average temperatures range from 25°C in winter to 29°C in summer; please note the seasons are directly opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere, and Dec – March is also the cyclone season with hot and rainy conditions throughout.

Culture
The culture of Vanuatu has been mainly influenced due to colonization by the British and the French. Even though the national language of Vanuatu is Bislama, due to the impact of colonization both English and French languages are also considered as official languages.

In terms of religion, Christianity is still the major religion in Vanuatu and the majority of the Christians adhere to the Presbyterian church in Vanuatu. The culture of Vanuatu is also diverse across different regions and particularly in the central region, Melanesian values also dominate.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa