Cultural Introduction Week in Vanuatu
The culture week can be booked in addition to a volunteer project.
Immerse in the local culture of Vanuatu by exploring many exciting locations, and spending your time learning about the unique traditions.
Vanuatu provides you with a first-hand experience of what the ancient Melanesian culture of the South Pacific islands have always been about – and what it still stands for even in our fast changing world of the 21st century.
The introduction week is organised for you to prepare yourself better for the coming weeks where you will be more engaged with the local communities. Your program will be spent in Port Vila where you will learn about the culture of Vanuatu. Go on a city tour and visit a few interesting locations where you will learn more about Vanuatu. You will also learn the local language and get the experience of cooking a typical Melanesian meal. You will enjoy a one day picnic to the Blue lagoon. Friday is for you to explore the surroundings and visit your projects for the following weeks.
Aims & Objectives
To expose you to the real culture of Vanuatu and make you prepare for the upcoming projects and the ways of living in the country
Learn more about Vanuatu, bond with fellow participants, and immerse yourself in the area and culture. This is your kick start into a new country and way of life!
Our Intro week is a must for you to truly indulge into your new surroundings. Through cooking and language lessons, visits to beautiful sights around the Island as well as meeting locals, you will surely be introduced to the country’s culture, traditions, history and lifestyle.
- Welcome and introduction to the program and collection of important documents
- City tour of Port Vila
- Learn the basics of Bislama in a language class and weaving class
- Visit Mele cascades waterfall
- Learn to cook traditional Melanesian dishes
- Learn Ni-Vanuatu Culture in Secret garden
- Day trip picnic at Blue Lagoon.
- Visit to the placement of your choice
- Prepare for first placement activities
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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.
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.
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
Capital: Port Vila
Currency: Vanuatu Vatu (VUV)
Time zone: VUT (UTC +11)
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.
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.
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
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance