Trip Details

The introduction week is a great way to embrace Fiji ,where you will get familiar with the culture and people of Fiji. During this week we will explain the do’s and don’ts regarding safety and transport.
Various crafts give Fiji a unique identity that along with traditional etiquette and local architecture tells a story of culture and its evolution over time. You will be invited to join a kava ceremony during your stay.

After the formalities, this is a wonderful way to make new friends and learn a little more about the country. Dig a little deeper and see what you can discover! Visit the Fijian markets, attend a weaving class, go on a tour in the sports stadium, learn Fijian language and cooking, and get to know you about your projects.

Aims & Objectives
Introduces you to Fiji’s diverse geographical and cultural environment by fostering a deeper understanding of cultural similarities and differences through experiential learning in Fiji and to help you develop awareness and deeper understanding of culture.

Trip Itinerary

You will spend your week learning more about the culture and people of Fiji through lessons, cultural immersion and a variety of tours, market visits and cooking classes. This week is an excellent opportunity to understand the country better, as well as getting to know your upcoming project placement.

Throughout the week we will:

Have an introduction session regarding the culture and people of Fiji, including sessions on safety, transport, and do’s and don’ts of the country and trip.

We will take a Suva City and Market Tour, including visiting the Sacred Heart Cathedral church, Suva Port, Suva Cinema, Fish market, Fresh market, Swimming pool, Shopping center, Souvenir shop and the Fiji Immigration Office.

Attend a weaving class where you will learn about traditional Fijian weaving, and get to try your hand at this traditional handicraft.

Visit My Suva Park, Fiji Sports Stadium and a tour of Damodar City Center.

Attend a class where you will learn some of the Fijian language and delicious class in Fijian cooking.

Take a picnic and swim at the waterfall near our favourite picnic spot.

Experience the traditional Fijian welcome ceremony, known as a “Kava Ceremony.”

Visit your project placement sites and get to know the projects you will be working on.

Saturday & Sunday 

Weekends are free days to explore the local village, culture and get to know the people, or to head away and visit one of the many other beautiful destinations that Fiji has to offer, including white sand beaches, popular tourist resorts, and island snorkelling getaways. 🙂

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

Trip Accommodation

It’s a one and half hour drive from Nadi and is Fiji’s adventure capital. The location is perfect, sitting along a beautiful stretch of coastline, on the Southeast coast of Viti Levu, and a three hour drive from Suva.

The area lives up to its reputation as a spot for adrenaline junkies, offering a wide variety of activities to get your heart racing, from surfing and shark feeding to four-wheel-drive tours. For a more laid-back experience try a round of golf on the championship course, or enjoy a spot of fishing. Offering lush rain forests, rivers and waterfalls at your back door and a beach looking across to Beqa Island which is world famous for fire walking.

Accommodation & Food

Participants will stay at our centre which is located in the Sigatoka area, yet can vary depending on the project. The accommodation is dorm style with an own bathroom. The rooms are on a single gender basis 4-6 people per room. Private rooms are also subject to availability.

Food Arrangements
We serve Three Meals a day on Weekdays, 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 participant’s convenience.

Facilities

  • ATM’s: There are many ATM’s near the 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 Nadi about one and half ride by car/bus from our Centre
  • The closest town is Sigatoka town which is 10 mins away
  • About 10 mins to Medical Centre

Sights & Surroundings

  • Sigatoka sand dunes
  • Kila Eco Adventure Park : enjoy high rope course, a leap of faith and a giant swing.
  • Scuba and snorkeling
  • Tavuni Hill Fort
  • Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course
  • Sigatoka Market.
  • Arts Village at Pacific Harbour: Enjoy the foot bridges, the water-lily ponds, the pathways, the Fijian bure and experience how life was in the olden days which is one and hour drive

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