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Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Fiji - Suva

Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Fiji - Suva

Apply now. The next available start date for this project is Nov 1, 2021

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.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Affordable fees from £321 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 Suva

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Who is this program suited to?

Physically active volunteers who don’t mind getting their hands dirty and are willing to help with whatever is needed by the local community at the time. You’ll have the guidance of a project coordinator so no experience is required.
Who is this program suited to?

Key information

Improve infrastructure for the community
Based in schools in and around Suva
Dormitory-style volunteer house
Volunteers aged 17+ and families
Up to 3 hours voluntering a day
Fully hosted experience from £321 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Introduction Week orientation available

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 centres.

As a Construction volunteer you’ll be supervised by a local project coordinator and help with tasks including:

  • Building
  • Demolition
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • Landscaping
  • Repairs

The exact nature of your volunteering will depend on the ongoing project at the time, as well as the local priorities.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

As job losses escalate as a result of Covid-19, it is estimated that nearly half of the global workforce is at risk of losing their livelihoods. We must improve access to jobs, decent work conditions and community services in order to achieve peace, sustainable economic growth and a better quality of life for all.

Why do Construction and Renovation volunteering in Suva 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

Volunteer requirements

  • 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.

”My experience was life changing, the local team made me feel very safe and welcome. This has encouraged me to want to go on more volunteer trips and has allowed me to meet so many different people. I have made life-long friends.”

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Location

The IVHQ Fiji program is based in the capital city, Suva, on the southeastern coast of mainland Fiji. In a country known as an island paradise with a thriving tourist industry, many Fijians face challenges associated with living below the poverty line. Volunteers are in need to help with the development and improvement of infrastructure in this small island nation, especially as it continues to grow.

Volunteer placements are located in the suburb of Narere and throughout the wider city. Volunteers travel to their placements from the volunteer accommodation via public transport, and the accommodation is just an hour from the nearest beach via public transport.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Suva on the day before orientation.

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 - Nausori International Airport (SUV) in Suva or Nadi International Airport (NAN) in Nadi.

Nausori International Airport is the most convenient for an airport pick-up, which are provided here on Saturdays and Sundays only. Nadi International Airport is the main international airport, where direct flights are more common and less expensive. Some volunteers opt to fly here and then take a 4.5 hour bus trip to Suva. If you choose this option and arrive into Nadi 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 Suva, 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 Suva via bus the following morning. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are travelling 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.

One-day orientation:

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 socialising.

Introduction Week:

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

First day

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.

Weekdays

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.

Weekends

Volunteers can spend the weekends exploring Suva, visiting the beautiful Colo-I-Suva forest park or Mosquito Island, and foraging in the craft and produce markets in Suva’s town centre. You can also travel to one of the pristine coastlines, beaches or rainforests Fiji is known for. It is easy to head to the Coral Coast, which is a stretch of beaches and bays between Nadi and Suva. Along this coastline is the Pacific Harbour which is the self-proclaimed adventure capital of Fiji. From Pacific Harbour you can arrange 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 a safe suburb near the community where volunteers work. It is approximately 20 minutes from central Suva and 45 minutes from the nearest 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. You will need to bring a towel, toiletries and a mosquito net if you wish to sleep under one.

You can expect to share a room with four to six other volunteers of the same gender. Couples or individuals who want more privacy have two options to upgrade to private accommodation. A private room in the volunteer house with a shared bathroom is an additional US$65 (approximately £49) per person, per week, while a private room with a private bathroom is an additional US$135 (approximately £103) per person, per week. Private rooms are subject to availability and therefore you must arrange this well in advance of your program.

To access WiFi, 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 Suva. WiFi is also available at cafes and restaurants in Suva.

Meals

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.

Pricing

Duration
Program Fee
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 £320 Equivalent to £46/day
2 weeks £488 Equivalent to £35/day
3 weeks £655 Equivalent to £32/day
4 weeks £823 Equivalent to £30/day
5 weeks £976 Equivalent to £28/day
6 weeks £1132 Equivalent to £27/day
8 weeks £1445 Equivalent to £26/day
10 weeks £1758 Equivalent to £26/day
12 weeks £2070 Equivalent to £25/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 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

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of £229 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 GBP.
  • 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.
Safety and support with IVHQ

Protecting against COVID-19:

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Essential country information

Capital Suva
Population 889,065
Languages English, Fijian and Fijian Hindi
Currency Fijian Dollar (FJD)
Time zone UTC+12:00

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 characterised by high humidity with heavy downpours followed by sunshine. The dry season is when temperatures are typically cooler with little rainfall.

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