Updated for 2019 trips
If you’re considering traveling to the Pacific and you’re interested in supporting community volunteer projects in Fiji, conservation-focused efforts in New Zealand or marine conservation work 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! Keep reading to discover if volunteering in the Pacific is for you…
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. Alongside other international volunteers, you’ll have the opportunity to participate on one of four community projects, choose from Teaching and Sports Education, Kindergarten or Construction and Renovation. In and around Suva, you can treat yourself with the freshest fruit from the markets and pick up souvenirs for you 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 just relax on the white sand beaches, such as Mamanucas. If you don’t mind “island time”, can take initiative and love to be around other like-minded travelers, then we’re sure that you will love your experience in Fiji.
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
New Zealand’s stunning landscapes, friendly locals and comfortable climate will keep you coming back for more! As an IVHQer in New Zealand, you’ll be based in Auckland, working alongside an award-winning conservation charity to support Coastline Conservation and Waterway Restoration or NGO Support 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, Queenstown is a favorite with travelers, offering beautiful backdrops and a ton of adventure activities, like jet boating or bungy jumping! New Zealand is 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!
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
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, water quality, coastal developments and fishing. As a volunteer in Australia, you’ll play a hands-on role in supporting important conservation efforts focused on the protection of Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. Your volunteer work can include reef monitoring, marine debris collection and research, and sea turlte rehabilitation. The volunteer work in Australia takes place on two islands, located 45 minutes from the port 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 activiites to keep you busy!
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.