Trip Details

Contribute to the good health of the locals of Fiji by joining the healthcare project in Suva! This program is designed to keep the local population in good health.

The purpose of this project will be to identify the most common diseases in the area, get information from a doctor, spread awareness in schools and conduct health check-up camps in villages, once a month.

In this healthcare project you will be spreading awareness of good health practices in the villages of the beautiful Fijian islands. By working alongside the local community, this project helps to provide awareness of hygiene, nutrition and disease management.

Although the general health of the average Fijian is rather good, the country still battles with obesity, high blood sugar, cholesterol problems, heart disease and a number of other common (and often preventable) diseases. Through this project we work to reduce disease through the spread of awareness and information in local communities in Narere, Suva as well as some of the nearby villages.

The Fiji Healthcare Project is a great way to work alongside the local communities to spread knowledge on health and attend medical camps in various communities. You will also spend some of your time visiting the classrooms of school children, where the aim is to raise awareness of common diseases in the area and provide up to date health information to the children.

Fiji is a fascinating and tropical island in the South Pacific, with lush forests and picture perfect beaches. In your free time you’ll be able to explore this rich island and learn more about traditional Fijian culture, handicrafts, and food as well as having access to exciting water sports, perfect snorkeling beaches, and other island getaways.

Trip Itinerary

During the first half of the day in the morning, a local doctor will meet you and explain to you all the various medical aspects as well as the medical needs of the local community. Later you will be taken to the local government schools and take part in an awareness campaign, teach health and hygiene to children of various ages, teach first aid and many more health and medical related programs which will be conducted for the children everyday.

On the last Wednesday of every month, in alliance with the local team of doctors, a general health check-up camp is organised by us for the benefit of villagers. Free medicines and treatment will be made available to all.

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