Trip Details

Want to work with a dedicated team in the gorgeous landscape of Fiji and make a significant difference to the community? During the Renovation and Construction project you’ll get hands-on experience whilst helping some of the poorest communities. Whether it’s building a cultural centre, playground or library you’ll transform the environment in which they live and create a legacy that lasts. You don’t need any previous experience – just lots of energy, a desire to help and a commitment to building a community.

Our volunteer project helps to relieve the local communities from some of the stress and pressure that they are living under. On this program, volunteers will work with a local coordinator who provides guidance and training alongside local families. The project involves hard physical and manual labour, as you will be laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, laying tiles and landscaping/gardening. You can expect to be working around 6 hours a day.

Through participating in the construction and renovation volunteer project, you will make a difference to the local community by supporting local families and children and providing them with better living conditions. The other side of this project involves a more artistic and relaxed environment where participants are in charge of renovating, creating drawings and painting in several kindergartens and primary schools around Suva and Narere. This activity is fun and we support your creativity during the process.

Your TRU Experience

You’ll gain the satisfaction of helping others and knowing that your efforts are making a difference. Along the way, you’ll learn new skills, grow in confidence, have a greater understanding of a different culture, and invaluable personal and professional development. By travelling to one of the most stunning places in the world, you’ll stand out from all the other CVs potential employers and universities might see.

You’ll leave behind a building and a community but you’ll take-away memories that will stay with you forever and skills you won’t gain anywhere else.

Trip Itinerary

You and your team will travel to the selected project site and begin to clean and prepare the work area. Your supervisor will ensure that you know where things have to go and what you have to do.

Don’t worry if you’ve never done this sort of work before – you’ll be taught new skills and your safety will be ensured at all times. Together with your fellow volunteers and the foreman you will bring your project plan to life.

During your stay you will be involved in a variety of tasks, including:

  • Laying bricks
  • Laying tiles
  • Landscaping
  • Painting
  • Carpentry
  • Heavy lifting
  • Debris clearing

The information provided gives you a flavour of the work you will be doing, although there might be some changes. The work you’ll do will depend on what the community needs and the time of the year. So be prepared for any type of work – but one thing you can be sure of is, you’ll be doing worthwhile work that will make a huge difference to communities who need your help.

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday 

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

Thursday

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

Friday 

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

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Fiji 🙂

 

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances***

 

Trip Accommodation

Suva is located on the southeast coast of the island Vitti Levu. It is the capital of the country and the largest most cosmopolitan city of Fiji. Suva has an approximate amount of 86,000 inhabitants and works as a harbour city built on the peninsula. The city has a warm rainy tropical weather throughout the year, which keeps the flora fresh, and the temperature in beach-perfect scenery. This town represents the meaning of a multicultural country. It has so many combinations between European, Indian, Asian and Fijian that every single person seems as interesting as the next one. Make sure not to miss the Fiji Museum to learn more about how the beautiful Fiji came to be. The best part of this multicultural aspect is that you can find Chinese, Indian and Italian cuisines in one place!

Accommodation & Food

Participants will stay at our centre in Suva, yet can vary depending on the project, but will be in shared bedrooms on a single gender basis with 4-6 people per room.

Food Arrangements
Three meals, per day are served for the duration of your trip on Monday to Friday two meals per day on the weekends . We serve breakfast and dinner at the normal time during the weekend. Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner are typical Fijian style.There are refrigerators at the accommodation for the participant’s convenience.

Facilities

  • ATM’s: There are many ATM’s near the Suva House centre which is about a 5 to 10 minutes from the house.
  • Local supermarket is a 5 minute walk from the centre.
  • Personal SIM card for your mobile: You can buy at the local shop.
  • The closest city is Suva about a 20 minute ride by car/bus from our Centre.
  • 5 minutes ride to the nearest Health Centre
  • 20 minutes ride to Suva Private Hospital

Sights & Surroundings
Fiji Museum: This museum offers a great journey into Fiji’s historical and cultural evolution.
Suva Municipal Market.
Oceana Center for Arts and Culture:Arts center at the University of the South Pacific which hosts regular live music, dance and theater, art shows and other cultural events.

Trip Country Info

Fiji

Capital: Suva
Language: Fijian
Currency: Fijian Dollar (FJD)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

Country Information
Fiji is an archipelago of 333 sun-kissed, picture perfect islands tucked away in the South Pacific, close to Australia and New Zealand.

It’s famed for its rugged landscape of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and eco-activities from mountain climbing and surfing to soft-coral diving and zip-lining. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain the lion’s share of the population, meaning much of the country is uncrowded.

The 20th century brought about important economic changes in Fiji as well as the maturation of its political system. Fiji developed a major sugar industry and established productive copra milling, tourism and secondary industries.

As the country now diversifies into small-scale industries, the economy is strengthened and revenues provide for expanded public works, infrastructure, health, medical services and education.

The country’s central position in the region has been strengthened by recent developments in sea and air communications and transport. Today, Fiji plays a major role in regional affairs and is recognised as the focal point of the South Pacific.

Fiji is now home to many other races — Indians, Part Europeans, Chinese and other Pacific islanders living in harmony, and keeping their own cultures and identity. Fijians, slightly over 50 per cent of the total population, are essentially members of communities. They live in villages and do things on a communal basis.

Climate
The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. The warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F).

Rainfall is variable, with the warm season experiencing heavier rainfall, especially inland. Winds are moderate, though cyclones occur about once a year (10–12 times per decade).

Culture
Fiji was first settled about three and a half thousand years ago. The original inhabitants are now called “Lapita people” after a distinctive type of fine pottery they produced, remnants of which have been found in practically all the islands of the Pacific, east of New Guinea, though not in eastern Polynesia. Linguistic evidence suggests that they came from northern or central Vanuatu, or possibly the eastern Solomons.

Before long they had moved further on, colonising Rotuma to the north, and Tonga and Samoa to the east. From here, vast distances were crossed to complete the settlement of the Pacific to Hawaii in the north, Rapanui (Easter Island) in the east and Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the south.

Unlike the islands of Polynesia which showed a continuous steadily evolving culture from initial occupation, Fiji appears to have undergone at least two periods of rapid culture change in prehistoric times.

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