Volunteering in Fiji | Expat’s Guide

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Our passionate team at Fiji Journal (FJ), individually and collectively, has, throughout our lives, steadily given back to different communities within Fiji and across the world. Every year, we allocate a week or more with the sole purpose of providing much-needed help to different volunteering organizations and charities across the country.  When you volunteer, you have the opportunity to make a true difference in the lives of others, but profoundly enough, the changes you make in yourself are equally life-changing.  Experience paradise through the volunteer lens, and you will never look back.

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We have listed below our top six personal takeaways we have experienced on our volunteering journey so far, with a table of some of the opportunities and organizations within Fiji with their individual links for further information.  These range from environmental, Healthcare, Community, Animals, Education, and NGOs.

  1. It Provides you with a sense of purpose – Become something greater than yourself, by working towards an endeavor that benefits others.
  2. Provides a sense of community – A community spirit, individuals come together at the beginning and leave as an extended member of the Fijian family.  Working together for the benefit of others.   One person’s action can make a substantial difference to a whole community.
  3. Helps you meet new friends – As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of new people from all walks of life, different ages, different professions, and different cultures from around the world.  We have made several lifelong friends through our adventures that we may not have met otherwise, enriching our lives well beyond the volunteering experience. Life Changing
  4. Increases your social skills – While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests.
  5. Teaches you valuable skills – The training and hands-on experience you gain while volunteering can help you learn new skills as well as build upon ones you already have.
  6. Gets you out of your comfort zone – Through volunteer work, you may overcome the personal challenges of leaving your comfort zone and doing something new with people you may not know. You may be faced with various problems to solve as a volunteer that require you to exercise critical thinking skills that aid your own personal development.

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Environmental Volunteer Organizations


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Marine Conservation (Courtesy of Projects Abroad)
OrgWksTitleDescription
Agriculture
Conservation Work
Energy and WaterGVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 11Rainwater Harvesting and Water Security in FijiOn this community development project, you will assist in maximising water security in the Dawasamu region of Fiji.
Marine ConservationVinaka Fiji2 +Marine ConservationComprising more than 330 islands, 4,000 square miles of reefs, and 1,500 species of sea life, the Marine Research & Conservation program conducts underwater surveys and supports the villagers and communities in learning about marine conservation and sustainable fishing practices.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 14-12Marine Conservation Internship in FijiOn this instructive internship, you will spend time diving in the tropical waters in the Dawasamu District, while participating in local conservation efforts.


GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 14-12Coral Reef Ecology and Conservation Internship in FijiDevelop your professional and leadership skills while working on coral reef ecology and conservation initiatives in Dawasamu, Fiji.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 12-12Coral Reef Research in FijiDive into the crystal blue waters of the South Pacific Ocean and contribute to coral reef preservation efforts in Fiji.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 12-12Marine Conservation Expedition in Fiji
Learn to dive in the warm waters of Dawasamu, while directly contributing to conservation efforts in the region.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 14-24Marine conservation research fellowship in FijiCarry out research that contributes to healthy marine ecosystems
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 124PADI Divemaster and Marine Conservation Apprenticeship in Oceania and the Thai IslandsEarn your PADI Divemaster certification while exploring the waters surrounding the islands of Fiji and Thailand.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 124PADI Divemaster and Marine Conservation Apprenticeship in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean SeaStart your professional diving career by earning your PADI Divemaster while exploring the underwater worlds of both Fiji and Mexico.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 12-12Tropical Marine Biology and Conservation in FijiLearn to dive in the beautiful waters of the Dawasamu District while supporting community efforts towards sustainable marine resources.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 12-12Climate Change and Coral Bleaching in FijiContribute to coral reef recovery research and other marine conservation initiatives in the Dawasamu District, Fiji.
Projects Abroad Official Logo2 +Shark Conservation Volunteering in FijiExplore the underwater world of the South Pacific sharks in our marine conservation project
Projects Abroad Official Logo2 +Volunteer Shark Conservation in Fiji for TeenagersHelp protect endangered sharks, earn a diving qualification, and make new friends from all over the world
Sustainable FishingGVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 14-24Sustainable fishing internship in FijiLearn about sustainable fishing and other marine conservation initiatives in Fiji.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 12-12Sustainable fishing volunteering in FijiContribute to fish security on this sustainable fishing program in Fiji.

Healthcare Volunteer Organizations


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OrgWksTitleDescription
Medical TrainingDocTours1-4Medical Clinic on Viti LevuMedical Volunteering in Fiji: The hospitals in Fiji welcome an extra pair of hands and will value your specialist skills and experience.
DocTours1-2CWM Hospital in SuvaMedical Volunteering in Fiji: The hospitals in Fiji welcome an extra pair of hands and will value your specialist skills and experience.
DocTours1-4Lautoka HospitalMedical Volunteering in Fiji: The hospitals in Fiji welcome an extra pair of hands and will value your specialist skills and experience.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 14-12Global Health Internship in FijiAssist in delivering global public health workshops to the local community in Dawasamu, where you will gain real-life experience to expand your career development in the field of public health.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 11-12Volunteer Public Health Project in FijiPublic health support is a major benefit to any local community. This program aims to enrich the Dawasamu community through initiatives encouraging a healthier way of living.
Involvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +Medical Internships FijiUse your skills and experience to help lend a hand in under resourced medical clinics and hospitals in Fiji. Experience first hand the healthcare challenges faced by developing countries and truly make a difference in the lives of others while gaining a unique and cultural experience.
Involvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +Healthcare Project Coral Coast, FijiTeach simple lessons in basic hygiene and healthy living. Help towards the prevention of many avoidable health problems and easily communicable diseases by performing health checks and education to Fijian locals.
Projects Abroad Official Logo4The Public Health ProjectOur 1-month Public Health project is a challenging and purposeful team adventure jam-packed with culture, new perspectives and self-developing experience.
Projects Abroad Official Logo2 – 4 The Mental Health ProjectOur 1-month & 16-day Mental Health Project is a challenging and purposeful team adventure jam-packed with culture, new perspectives and self-developing experience.
Nutrition and FoodInvolvement Volunteers International Official Logo2 +Nutrition & Public Health Program FijiTravel with purpose and help combat malnutrition and public health issues in Fiji. If you have an interest or background in nutrition, dietetics, nursing, physiotherapy and community health we are running set intakes providing free health services to people in need. You’ll have guidance from a qualified in country practitioner.

Community Volunteer Organizations


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OrgWksTitleDescription
ChildcareGVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 12-12Early Childhood Development in FijiOn this program, which is based in Dawasamu, you will gain practical experience in the educational field of early childhood development.
Projects Abroad Official Logo2 +Volunteer Community Work in Fiji for TeenagersExperience traditional village life and help young kids learn through play at a kindergarten or school
ConstructionMMM Fiji2 +Christian Building TeamWhether you have practical skills or not, we can help you get involved with volunteer building work in Fiji. Contact us to discuss your situation, which could be for yourself, your family, friends, church or other groups.
Involvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +Volunteer Construction Coral CoastSupport local communities by bringing your creativity and physical labour to build new structures for children and local communities to improve the quality of life for Fijian locals in Suva & Sigatoka, Fiji’s adventure capital.
Beyond Volunteer2 – 8Construction And Renovation In FijiA great project to keep you active, fit and creative. Bring all your creative energy to renew and build beautiful structures for children and local communities.
International Volunteer HQ Official Logo1-12Construction and Renovation in SigatokaAssist on maintenance and building tasks in local schools that often can’t pay for their required upkeep. Get your hands dirty and work hard, helping to improve classrooms and facilities for local school children.
Think Pacific Volunteering in Fiji Official Logo2 – 4Construction Project in FijiJoin a project in Fiji and experience the unique culture, customs and way of life in the South Pacific islands.
Culture and ArtsGVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 14-12Community Development Internship in FijiImmerse yourself in the local culture and contribute to community development projects in the South Pacific.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 124International Development Apprenticeship in FijiKickstart your international development career while immersing yourself in the Fijian culture and exploring a gorgeous tropical island landscape.
Vinaka Fiji2 +Creating Sustainable CommunitiesAimed at improving basic living conditions and achieving sustainability the program assists with various activities such as improving access to sufficient freshwater sources, the education of communities in resource management, environmental initiatives, sustainable agriculture practices and assisting in the set-up of micro enterprises.
Projects Abroad Official Logo1 +Community Volunteer Work in FijiLearn about Fijian life and culture by immersing yourself in daily village life
Involvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +Woman & Children Commune FijiProvide well needed care and support for this community made up of almost 400 people from dis-advantaged backgrounds. Home to predominantly single mums, their children and some extended family, it is a place which will greatly benefit from an extra set of hands. Volunteers from all backgrounds and skills are needed.
Involvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +Cultural Orientation Week Coral CoastEnjoy a week to settle in to your new surroundings and learn about the culture and customs in Fiji in either Suva or Pacific Harbour areas. Get to know your fellow volunteers and and take part in organised excursions, walking tours, cooking, art & language classes.
Beyond Volunteer1 – 4Cultural Week In FijiThe best way to embrace Fiji is in Sigatoka, 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.
OrphanageInvolvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +Orphanage VolunteerThe Orphanage placement will have you working in a local childrens home caring for children (under supervision) from new born all the way up to 20 years of age and awaiting adoption. You can help around the home (laundry, cooking), playing games with the toddlers and helping the older kids with homework.
Social WorkGVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 11-12Community Development Expedition in FijiAssist with the implementation of livelihood strategies to protect the environment for the benefit of future generations of the Dawasamu district.
Involvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +First Aid & Disaster ManagementWork together with the local community to prepare and respond to disasters, community development, first aid, homeless and mental health assistance, vulnerable community assistance and emergency response programs in the Lautoka / Nadi regions.
Women Empowerment

Animals Volunteer Organizations


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OrgWksTitleDescription
Marine Life
Primate Conservation
Street AnimalsInvolvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +Volunteering for Animals FijiMany local animals shelters are in desperate need of caring animal lovers to assist with the maintenance and care of unwanted animals including community education, outreach and adoption services
Wildlife Conservation

Educational Volunteer Organizations.


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OrgWksTitleDescription
TeachingGVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 14-12Teaching Internship in FijiGain practical teaching experience while coordinating educational activities in Fiji.
Vinaka Fiji2 +Children, Schools & EducationThe schools in the remote Yasawa Islands are under-resourced. Vinaka Fiji supports the local schools and teachers by assisting with classroom teaching (in English based on the Fijian National curriculum), through basic classwork, literacy, and educational activities such as the One on One Reading Recovery Program making a huge difference in young readers lives.
Involvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +English Teaching Coral Coast, FijiYou don’t have to be an experienced teacher to become a volunteer teacher in Fiji. All applications are welcome! Experienced teachers are also very welcome. Help broaden the awareness of children from poorer backgrounds
Beyond Volunteer2 – 8Teaching Project In FijiVisit this beautiful Island town of Sigatoka in Fiji and teach children of various age groups to make a worthwhile contribution to their lives.
International Volunteer HQ Official Logo1 – 12Teaching in SigatokaVolunteer in schools or after school tutorials, helping locals to deliver a better quality education in classes of up to 50 students.
Primary SchoolProjects Abroad Official Logo2 +Volunteer Community Work in Fiji for TeenagersExperience traditional village life and help young kids learn through play at a kindergarten or school
Involvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +Fiji Remote Island TeachingA truly unique, raw and exclusive local Fijian experience! This Island lies in the outer regions of the Mamanuca Islands, approximately 1 hour fast ferry from the mainland. It is a volcanic island, with a steep, grass covered interior, rocky coastline and long sandy beaches. You’ll have full access to and will take part in one of the few traditional Fijian island villages left in this region.
Involvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +Kindergarten Volunteering Coral Coast, FijiEncourage children to learn and grow creatively. Be embraced by and become an important part of the local community.
Beyond Volunteer2 – 8Kindergarten In FijiVisit this beautiful island country to teach basic English alphabet, numbers, and rhymes including arts and crafts to tiny toddlers. Bring lots of creativity along with you and make some great friends!
International Volunteer HQ Official Logo1 – 12 Kindergarten in Sigatoka
Special NeedsInvolvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +Special Needs School Assistance Fiji
Teach vocational skills, computer training, speech therapy, physiotherapy, music therapy, singing, dancing, arts & crafts, physical education in special needs schools in and around Nadi and Lautoka Fiji.
SportsInvolvement Volunteers International Official Logo1 +Sports Teaching Coral Coast, FijiTeach your favourite sport to enthusiastic kids, alongside a local coach!
International Volunteer HQ Official Logo1-12Sports Education in SigatokaOrganize and play sport with local school children during class time or on after school programs. Join in yourself, help to develop their fitness and teach teamwork and skills.
Projects Abroad Official Logo2 – 4The Sport Development ProjectDo you have a passion for sport? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore that passion with some of the most passionate sports enthusiasts on the planet? If so, our 1-month Sports Project in Fiji could be the most purposeful, adventurous and life-changing month of your life.
Youth TeachingGVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 14-24Early Childhood Development Research Fellowship in FijiCarry out research to advance early childhood development.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 18Volunteer with Children in FijiWork with young children and caregivers in rural communities in Fiji to give children their best start in life.
GVI Volunteer Organisations Official Logo 18Volunteer with Children in Thailand and FijiContribute to education and childhood development in Thailand and Fiji.
Think Pacific Volunteering in Fiji Official Logo4Youth Empowerment ProjectThis project is for enthusiastic individuals who want to step out of their comfort zone, experience true cultural immersion and develop their skills, whilst exploring and contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The result is one of the most rewarding and extraordinary experiences of your life.
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