Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Fiji - Sigatoka
Keen to help build a better future as a volunteer doing Construction and Renovation in Fiji? International Volunteer HQ’s Construction project enables volunteers to assist with building and maintenance tasks at local schools which can often not afford improvements to their facilities. Volunteers gain experience in construction while lending an extra pair of hands to projects that help make schools safer, healthier and better places to learn and grow.
- Programs start every Monday
- Affordable fees from CA$705 for 1 week
- Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
Help repair, upgrade and improve local schools
Explore Fiji’s world-famous beaches on the weekends
Stay in simple but lively volunteer houses in Sigatoka
This program is ideal for:
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
Many schools in Fiji don’t have resources to upgrade or maintain their facilities, and need help to make regular improvements. Building volunteers help to overcome these funding shortages by assisting with building and renovation projects in classrooms, libraries and resource centers.
As a Construction volunteer you’ll be supervised by a local project coordinator and help with tasks including:
The exact nature of your volunteering will depend on the ongoing project at the time, as well as the local priorities.
Why do Construction and Renovation volunteering in Sigatoka with IVHQ?
While volunteering on the Construction project in Fiji you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:
- Improving school infrastructure
- Helping with a range of different tasks
- Developing your communication skills
- Gaining building experience
- Immersing yourself fully in the Fijian way of life
- Exploring Fiji’s blissful beaches
- Volunteers under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
- Volunteers aged 17-18 are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team
- All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
- All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
- All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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”My favorite moment from my trip, without a single doubt, was the party our tutoring kids threw us. It was a tear-jerking moment to walk into a cement building decorated with balloons and streamers. The children came together and planned a going away party for us 3 volunteers. It was heat-warming to hear each child explain what decoration, food, or drink they... brought. And the work they had to put in to make that happen. These kids went out of their way to make us feel loved and appreciated. Love, love, love the local team, they were all amazing. I could not have asked for better coordinators. They made that trip the life-changing experience it was. Imagining my trip without these astounding woman, would be incredibly different. I could not be more grateful for each of them. The program guide was very helpful! I packed as the program guide suggested, and was well prepared! It was very helpful to have contact information of coordinators! My Program Manager was helpful and timely in response! My experience might have been unique because of how small my group was. But us 3 girls all left with full hearts, filled by the Fijian people and their culture. I must say, I saw an enormous difference between those who lived in villages, and those who we ran across in bigger towns. The safety and connections I felt with those in villages warmed my heart and continues to amaze me. My advice to future volunteers is take the leap! Because you are volunteering in a group, you are never alone! Sure, you might not know anyone on your plane, or during a layover. But the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave, you will be surrounded by like-minded people, who are also experiencing this with you! Your fellow volunteers will be feeling similar emotions and have the same hesitations! Get out and meet those people! ” read more
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The IVHQ Fiji program is based on the Coral Coast of Fiji, which is on the south-eastern coast of mainland Fiji. Although Fiji is known as an island paradise with a thriving tourist industry, many Fijians face challenges associated with living below the poverty line. Volunteers provide valuable support in helping with the development and improvement of infrastructure in this small island nation, especially as it continues to grow.
Volunteer placements are located in and around Sigatoka which has some of the best beaches on the island. Volunteers travel to their placements from the volunteer accommodation via taxi. The accommodation is a 15-minute taxi ride to Sigatoka town and a mere 2-minute walk to the nearest beach.
Arrival and orientation
The program orientation begins every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Sigatoka on the day before orientation.
After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Nadi International Airport (NAN) in Nadi. An airport pick up is provided here on Saturdays and Sundays between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM only. If you arrive between this time, you will be met at the airport by a member of the local team who will provide assistance with your bus transfer to Sigatoka. You will then be picked up by a member of our local team at the Sigatoka bus station.
If you arrive on a weekday or after 6:00 PM on the weekend, you can arrange your own accommodation in Nadi and then make your way to Sigatoka via bus the following morning. If you arrive prior to 6am, you may wait in the arrivals terminal until the local team can meet and assist you with your bus transfer.
After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive in Fiji. There are two airport options for arriving to the Fiji program - Nadi International Airport (NAN) in Nadi or Nausori International Airport (SUV) in Suva.
Nadi International Airport (NAN) is the most convenient for an airport pick-up, which are provided here on Saturdays and Sundays only. If you choose to arrive into Nadi or Suva between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Saturday or Sunday, you will be met at the airport by a member of the local team who will provide assistance with your bus transfer to Sigatoka, where you will be picked up at the bus station. If you arrive on a weekday or after 6:00 PM on the weekend, you can arrange your own accommodation in Nadi and then make your way to Sigatoka via bus the following morning. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.
If you are traveling in Fiji prior to your volunteer program, you will need to make your own way to the volunteer accommodation and the local team will provide guidance on this.
There are two options for orientation for the Fiji Program.
This begins on the morning of your chosen start date and runs for a full day. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Fiji, including an introduction to Fiji, culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.
The Introduction Week begins on the morning of your chosen start date and runs for the first five days of your stay. It is an awesome way to kickstart your volunteer abroad experience and it covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Fiji, plus you’ll learn more about the culture and get to tick off must-do Fiji experiences! These can include a Kava welcome ceremony; visits to islands, museums and waterfalls; language, cooking and weaving classes; and relaxing at the beach.
Please note, the Introduction week is included in your total duration on the program. If you would like to take part in this week, please let your Program Manager know.
Volunteer schedule example
On your first day of volunteering, you will be taken to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.
Please note that start times and daily workloads depend on the project that you are participating on. Some placements run in the afternoon and volunteers on these placements will have the morning to create their lesson plans, or can join another project.
A typical volunteer day might be:
|7:30 - 8:30 AM||Breakfast at the volunteer house and then travel to your placement to join local placement staff.|
|9:00 AM||Start at your placement.|
|12:00 PM||Volunteers break for lunch. Most volunteers travel back to the volunteer house for lunch, while some volunteers may be provided lunch at their placement.|
|2:00 PM||Work at your placement usually ends. You are free to use this time to lesson plan for tomorrow or spend the afternoon exploring|
|5:30 PM||Dinner at the volunteer house. After dinner, you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.|
To ensure the safety of our volunteers and respect of others in the volunteer accommodation, a curfew of 11:30 PM has been put in place for every evening, including the weekend. If you wish to stay out longer, you must discuss this first with our local team and arrange alternative accommodation.
Volunteers can spend the weekends exploring Sigatoka, visiting the beautiful pristine coastlines, beaches or rainforests. Volunteers can spend the weekends exploring the Coral Coast which is a stretch of beaches and bays between Nadi and Suva. Along this coastline is the Pacific Harbour (approximately 1.5 hours from Sigatoka), which is the self-proclaimed ‘Adventure Capital’ of Fiji. From Pacific Harbour you can organize activities, such as kayaking, white-water rafting, shark feeding, jet ski tours, zip lining and diving. It is recommended you budget for these additional weekend trips.
Accommodation and WiFi
You’ll stay in dormitory-style volunteer houses located in the Sigatoka area near the community where volunteers work. It is approximately 15 minutes by taxi from Sigatoka town and 2 minutes from the beach. The area has a very strong friendly Fijian culture. A curfew of 11:30 PM is in effect every evening, including weekends, to ensure the safety and respect of others in the volunteer accommodation.
The volunteer house is very basic but comfortable, with electricity and running water. Bathrooms in the volunteer houses are all western style with a shower, toilet and basin. Bedding is provided which includes a pillow, pillowcase and sheets (Washed Weekly). Bedroom windows will have mosquito screens and in absence of screens, mosquito nets will be provided and repellent is strongly recommended. You will need to bring a towel and toiletries.
You can expect to share a room with 3 other volunteers of the same gender. Couples or individuals who want more privacy have an option to upgrade to private accommodation. Private rooms are subject to availability and therefore you must arrange this well in advance of your program. The local team will do their best to keep families together.
While basic WiFi is available for communication use at the accommodation,for internet access, we recommend purchasing a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone. The local team can assist you with purchasing this during your program orientation in Sigatoka and is relatively cheap (~15FJD for 60gb a month). WiFi is also available at cafes and restaurants around Sigatoka.
Fijian food is tasty and diverse, with a strong influence of Indian and Chinese cuisine. Three meals a day are served at the volunteer house on weekdays, but on weekends only breakfast and dinner are served, leaving volunteers responsible for their own lunches. Typical dishes include chow mein (Fiji style stir-fried noodles and vegetables), starches such as cassava, taro, sweet potato, breadfruit, rice, stews, soups and curries.
Bottled water is readily available in Fiji and there are water filters available in the volunteer accommodation.
If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can discuss this with you. The local team will do their best to see that you are well taken care of but you should not expect to eat as you do at home. If you wish to supplement some of your meals with home comforts, there are basic kitchen facilities available to use and the local team will show you where to buy food during orientation.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||CA$702 Equivalent to CA$100/day|
|2 weeks||CA$1076 Equivalent to CA$77/day|
|3 weeks||CA$1458 Equivalent to CA$69/day|
|4 weeks||CA$1833 Equivalent to CA$65/day|
|5 weeks||CA$2180 Equivalent to CA$62/day|
|6 weeks||CA$2534 Equivalent to CA$60/day|
|8 weeks||CA$3242 Equivalent to CA$58/day|
|10 weeks||CA$3949 Equivalent to CA$56/day|
|12 weeks||CA$4657 Equivalent to CA$55/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Airport pick-up
- Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
- Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
- Certificate of International Volunteering
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of CA$421 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
- A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
- Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Fiji generally find US$100 per week to be sufficient for expenses.
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Safety and support
IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.
- All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
- All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
- All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
- All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 upon arrival
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
Essential country information
|Languages||English, Fijian and Fijian Hindi|
|Currency||Fijian Dollar (FJD)|
Weather and climate
Fiji has a hot climate all year round with maximum temperatures averaging between 26°C and 31°C (79°F - 88°F). The wet season runs from November to April and the dry season runs from June through to April. The wet season is characterized by high humidity with heavy downpours followed by sunshine. The dry season is when temperatures are typically cooler with little rainfall.