“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Do you want to take a trip to help others? Join this trip to Fiji and make a difference in the lives of others. We will work hard, experience the local culture of Fiji and meet new people, all while helping to build houses for deserving families. All skill levels are welcome, whether you have no construction experience or much experience and want to put your skills to use. This will be an experience that you will remember for years to come!
A Volunteer hands over plants at a house dedication ceremony.
The Fiji archipelago includes 332 islands—approximately 110 of them inhabited. The island's population consists of almost 54 percent ethnic Fijian and 36 percent Indian.
Fiji's mountainous terrain and climate make it conducive for producing sugar, bananas and coconuts for export. Land zoning laws make it illegal for non-ethnic Fijians to own agricultural lands. As a result, almost 65 percent of the population—Indians and impoverished Fijians—rely on subsistence agriculture for survival.
HFH-Fiji has been in operation since 1991 and has provided assistance to complete 683 homes on Fiji's major island of Veti Levu. HFH Fiji houses are constructed with concrete block or timber, replacing the traditional bamboo, woven mat and dirt floor homes that do not withstand the rainy season.
(16 day itinerary)
Day 1, typically Friday: Depart for Fiji.
Day 2, Saturday: Travel day
Day 3, Sunday: Arrival in Nadi; welcome and orientation with local staff member; welcome dinner; overnight stay in Nadi.
Day 4, Monday: Travel to project site accommodation
Days 5–8, Tuesday–Friday (Typical work days): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Days 9-10, Saturday-Sunday: Free day: activity in local community; local site seeing.
Days 11–14, Monday–Thursday (Work days): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner at house; time for team activities; farewell with community.
Day 15, Friday: Travel to Nadi; free time; final team dinner; overnight stay.
Day 16, Saturday: Departure day.
Note: Special events throughout the week include cultural experiences with affiliate staff, such as market tours and visits to museums, church, historical sites, etc.
Global Village teams to Fiji can expect to stay at a modest hotel or retreat center, depending on the location. Rooms will be at least double-occupancy in a hotel. Some teams may stay in a shared space with a shared bath.
Breakfast is usually provided at the hotel or retreat center, and lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on the work site. Dinner is taken at various restaurants or provided by the hotel or retreat center.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village trip cost.)
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Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Lani Brandon has participated in two Global Village trips; first as a team member to Kauai, Hawaii and the second as a team leader to Molokai, Hawaii. She grew up in western New York, currently lives in New York City, and works in the entertainment business as an associate manager. Lani is excited to spend her first trip to Fiji volunteering with Habitat. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org