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Volunteer in the Pacific 2019

Pacific Volunteer Abroad Programs 2019

Updated for 2019 trips

If you’re considering traveling to the Pacific and you’re interested in supporting community volunteer projects in Fiji, contributing to conservation-focused volunteering in New Zealand or assisting as a marine conservation volunteer in Australia, International Volunteer HQ has an opportunity for you! With IVHQ’s affordable and trusted programs, there is no better way to experience volunteering in the Pacific - whether you’re traveling solo, with a friend, family member, or as a group!

The south Pacific is one of the purest regions in the world, and is known for being naturally beautiful while still well developed. As a volunteer in the South Pacific, you can contribute to meaningful projects that aim to boost the environment and the lives of people, while enjoying the laidback lifestyle and beautiful surrounds of Fiji, New Zealand or Australia. Keep reading to discover if volunteering in the Pacific is for you…

VOLUNTEER IN FIJI

As an IVHQer in Fiji, you will instantly feel at home as you are immersed in the local community and welcomed by the world-famous Fijian hospitality. Fijians are lively and welcoming and have big, cheerful personalities. They will go out of their way to ensure you’re happy.

Alongside other international volunteers in Fiji, you’ll have the opportunity to participate on one of four community projects in Teaching, Sports Education, Kindergarten or Construction and Renovation.

In and around your host city of Suva, you can treat yourself with the freshest fruit from the markets and pick up intricate island souvenirs for yourself and your family. Explore the lush rain forest of Colo-I-Suva, an oasis full to the brim with tropical plant life and featuring many walking trails to traverse.

Made up of 333 beautiful islands, Fiji has endless opportunities for exploring on your weekends - snorkel at one of the many crystal blue beaches, like Beqa, just an hour away from Suva, or relax on the local white sand beaches, such as Mamanucas. If you don’t mind cruising on “island time”, can take the initiative and love to be around other like-minded travelers, then we’re sure that you will love your experience in Fiji.

Program Highlights:

  • The program is based in Suva on Fiji’s biggest island, Viti Levu
  • Flexible program durations from 1 week to 12 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts every Monday
  • Affordable program fees from US$370 for one week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to relax on the beach, go snorkeling, diving or surfing, explore local markets or venture off mainland Fiji to one of the hundreds of smaller islands. For more activity ideas, read our Fiji travel and tours page.

Volunteer in Fiji with IVHQ

I had an incredible experience in Fiji. The Fiji staff were always very helpful and I regret only going for four weeks! There were several moments throughout the trip that I loved. The villagers giving us fresh coconuts while we were working in their village. Island hopping with the other volunteers and going to the waterfall with the other volunteers the first week we got there. Thank you for making my trip to Fiji to unforgettable! Darcie Wonacott, IVHQ volunteer in Fiji

VOLUNTEER IN NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand’s stunning landscapes, friendly locals and comfortable climate will keep you coming back for more! As an IVHQ volunteer in New Zealand, you’ll be based in Auckland, working alongside an award-winning conservation charity to support Coast and Waterway Conservation and Environmental Education projects.

On the weekends, you will never be bored - Auckland is the perfect home base to explore the rest of what New Zealand has to offer. Being the largest city in the country, it is a hub of transportation options and tour opportunities. Grab the ferry over to Waiheke Island to enjoy a bike ride or walk around the island, finished off with a great meal at a winery. Take a long weekend to the South Island, where Queenstown is a favorite with travelers, offering beautiful backdrops and a ton of adventure activities, like jet boating or bungy jumping!

New Zealand is particularly ideal for solo volunteer travelers and first-timers too - see 9 Reasons New Zealand Is Perfect For First Time Volunteer Travelers to find out why!

Program Highlights:

  • The program is based in Auckland, on New Zealand’s North Island.
  • Flexible program durations from 1 week to 12 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts on the first and third Monday of each month
  • Affordable program fees from US$530 for one week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to enjoy the city life of Auckland, head away to beaches, Lord of the Rings locations including Hobbiton, or venture to the stunning mountain landscapes of the South Island. See our New Zealand travel and tours for more volunteer travel options in New Zealand.

Volunteer in New Zealand with IVHQ

It was great learning about the Maori culture and history. I really liked working in nature! I will recommend my younger sister to volunteer here in the future. Everything was great, keep up the good work!” Lingyan Hu, IVHQ volunteer in New Zealand

VOLUNTEER IN AUSTRALIA

As the world’s largest coral reef system, it’s no surprise that the Great Barrier Reef is a world wonder on many travelers’ bucket lists. However the future of this global icon is under increasing pressure due to the cumulative threats of climate change, declining water quality, coastal developments and over-fishing.

As a volunteer in Australia, you’ll play a hands-on role in supporting important conservation efforts focused on the protection of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. Your volunteer work can include reef monitoring, marine debris collection and research, and sea turtle rehabilitation. The volunteer work in Australia takes place on two islands, located 45 minutes from the port city of Cairns where the volunteer accommodation is based. From Monday to Friday, you’ll travel by ferry to the islands to complete your volunteer work and during your weekends, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city of Cairns or greater Queensland.

Cairns is an outdoor-lover’s oasis with beautiful beaches, a tropical rainforest and plenty of adventure activities to keep you busy!

Program Highlights:

  • The program is based in Cairns, in northern Queensland.
  • Flexible program durations from 1 week to 4 weeks
  • The program is available year-round and starts on the first Monday of each month
  • Affordable program fees from US$1010 for one week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country volunteer support
  • Weekends are free to enjoy the easy pace of Cairns. There are many beautiful beach settings a short drive from the city, while the outback is not far inland as well. Further afield, the energetic cities of Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Brisbane are always popular with travelers.

Volunteer in Australia with IVHQ

Can’t decide between volunteering in Fiji, New Zealand or Australia? Why not do a multi-program volunteer trip and take advantage of the short flights between the program locations?

No matter how long you have available to commit to volunteering abroad, the local teams and the crew of volunteer travel experts at IVHQ will make sure that you are contributing to impactful and sustainable projects, paving the way for future volunteers! You can apply today or learn more about volunteering in the Pacific.

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