Fiji Construction and Renovation

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Fiji is an archipelago of 333 sun-kissed, picture perfect islands tucked away in the South Pacific, close to Australia and New Zealand.
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General Overview

A great project to keep you active, fit, and creative. Bring all your creative elegance to renew and build beautiful structures for children and local communities.

Join us on this beautiful island to take part in construction and renovation project to develop infrastructure for the local community and also for the school children. Renovate or build parks, playgrounds, classrooms, kindergartens and more.

Project Overview

We have initiated the construction project to support the local community by sheltering those in need and start reconstructing of what has been lost during the cyclone disaster. This project is based in the Sigatoka area, and is a fantastic opportunity to provide tangible benefits and assistance to the local community in general, and schools in particular. Bring out your carpentry skills and participate along with the local community in the construction project.

In addition to the basic project, you may also take part with landscaping the surrounding area, painting local schools, and renovating classrooms. Many of the schools we work with do not have the funding to renovate their classrooms or build libraries and resource centers, and this is where you can participate. In the past, we even built a library for village school. In many areas of Fiji, thousands of families live in inadequate accommodation and children attend school in crumbling buildings. Our construction project allows them to move to new, better quality homes and for the children to receive an education in secure, new classrooms. On an average, you will be working for about 6 hours a day on the project.

Fee

$879 one week.
$1,269 two weeks.

GeoVisions Alumni Fee
$679 one week.
$1,069 two weeks.

Schedule

Monday

On Monday, you will start planning the project with the coordinator assigned to you, after having breakfast. Once you plan the project and receive the relevant information, you can have lunch and then leave to work at the community location. Once your work for the day is complete, you can then return to the center and attend a meeting where you can provide feedback regarding the first day at your placement.

From next day onwards after having breakfast you will be taken to the project site and assigned with planned tasks for the day. The coordinator’s support will be around you during the day and throughout the project. Then, in the afternoon after lunch, you will work at the community location where you will continue with construction and renovation activities and finish your day’s work at 2:30.

Tuesday to Friday

Your day will begin a bit early. You will be taken to our project site and assigned with particular tasks for the day. A coordinator will be around you during the project. After lunch, you will work at the community location where you will continue to do construction and renovation activities.

Visa

Participants of most nationalities can obtain the visa upon arrival in Fiji. If your nationality requires you to obtain a visa prior to arrival in Fiji, contact your nearest Fijian Embassy. The Visa is granted depending upon the purpose of travel. You can apply for a tourist/visitors or short term permit as well. The short term permit needs to be applied before you enter the country which takes up to 10 working days to be approved.

Start Dates

This program starts every week.

Requirements

  • Arrive on Saturday or Sunday, to begin at the project on Monday.
  • Due to the active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Minimum English Level: Basic

Costs

$879 one week or $1,269 two weeks

GeoVisions Alumni pay only:

$679 one week or $1,069 two weeks

GeoVisions-4cprocessThe fee you pay to provide community support in Fiji goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of placing you on the program in a safe location. The fee helps our non-profit to provide your accommodation, meals, insurance, pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, supported by real people. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community.

Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.

Location

The project location is one and half hour drive from Nadi and is Fiji’s adventure capital. The location is perfect, sitting along a beautiful stretch of coastline, on the Southeast coast of Viti Levu, and a three hour drive from Suva.

The area lives up to its reputation as a spot for adrenaline junkies, offering a wide variety of activities to get your heart racing, from surfing and shark feeding to four-wheel-drive tours. For a more laid-back experience try a round of golf on the championship course, or enjoy a spot of fishing. Offering lush rainforests, rivers and waterfalls at your back door and a beach looking across to Beqa Island which is world famous for fire walking.

About the Accommodation

You will stay at our center which is located in the Sigatoka area, yet can vary depending on the project. You will stay at our center which is dorm style with your own bathroom. There are refrigerators at the accommodation for your convenience.

Available Room Types

 

Standard Room

All meals included

Yes *

Free beverages

Yes **

Persons per room

4-6

Wifi in public areas

Yes

Laundry facilities

No ***

Safety box

Yes

Lockable rooms

Yes

Hot shower

Yes

Private bathroom

Yes

Bed linen

Yes

Towels

No

Air conditioning

No

Fan

Yes

Mosquito protection

Yes

* Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends
** Water, tea, coffee and milk
*** At an additional fee

Food Arrangements

We serve breakfast and dinner at the normal time during the weekend. Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner are typical Fijian style.

What's Included

  • Placement.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in Fiji.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Travel and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation insurance for US permanent residents.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • Your accommodation and meals.
  • Local airport pickup.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.

What's Not Included

  • Flights.
  • Local transportation outside the normal transit to the daily project.

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to made informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

What is the location of this project?

It’s one and half hour drive from Nadi and is Fiji’s adventure capital. The location is perfect, sitting along a beautiful stretch of coastline, on the Southeast coast of Viti Levu, and a three hour drive from Suva.

The area lives up to its reputation as a spot for adrenaline junkies, offering a wide variety of activities to get your heart racing, from surfing and shark feeding to four-wheel-drive tours. For a more laid-back experience try a round of golf on the championship course, or enjoy a spot of fishing. Offering lush rainforests, rivers and waterfalls at your back door and a beach looking across to Beqa Island which is world famous for fire walking.

What facilities are available near the project?

  • ATM’s: There are many ATM's near the Centre which is about a 5 to 10 minutes from the house
  • Local supermarket is a 5 minute walk from the centre
  • Personal SIM card for your mobile: You can buy at the local shop
  • The closest City is Nadi about one and half ride by car/bus from our Centre
  • The closest town is Sigatoka town which is 10 mins away
  • About 10 mins to Medical Centre

During my free time, what places can I see?

  •  Fiji Museum: This museum offers a great journey into Fiji’s historical and cultural evolution.
  • Suva Municipal Market.
  • Oceana Center for Arts and Culture:Arts center at the University of the South Pacific which hosts regular live music, dance and theater, art shows and other cultural events.

What more should I know about Fiji?

Quick Facts

Name:Republic of Fiji

Population:881,065

Capital:Suva

Language:Fijian

Currency:Fijian Dollar (FJD)

Time zone:ICT (UTC +7)

Country Information

Fiji is an archipelago of 333 sun-kissed, picture perfect islands tucked away in the South Pacific, close to Australia and New Zealand.

It's famed for its rugged landscape of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and eco-activities from mountain climbing and surfing to soft-coral diving and zip-lining. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain the lion’s share of the population, meaning much of the country is uncrowded.

The 20th century brought about important economic changes in Fiji as well as the maturation of its political system. Fiji developed a major sugar industry and established productive copra milling, tourism and secondary industries.

As the country now diversifies into small-scale industries, the economy is strengthened and revenues provide for expanded public works, infrastructure, health, medical services and education.

The country’s central position in the region has been strengthened by recent developments in sea and air communications and transport. Today, Fiji plays a major role in regional affairs and is recognized as the focal point of the South Pacific.

Fiji is now home to many other races — Indians, Part Europeans, Chinese and other Pacific islanders living in harmony, and keeping their own cultures and identity. Fijians, slightly over 50 per cent of the total population, are essentially members of communities. They live in villages and do things on a communal basis.

Climate

The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. The warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F).

Rainfall is variable, with the warm season experiencing heavier rainfall, especially inland. Winds are moderate, though cyclones occur about once a year (10–12 times per decade).

On 20 February 2016, Fiji was hit by the full force of Cyclone Winston, the only Category 5 tropical cyclone to make landfall in the nation. Scores of homes were destroyed and at least 43 people have been reported dead.

Culture

Fiji was first settled about three and a half thousand years ago. The original inhabitants are now called "Lapita people" after a distinctive type of fine pottery they produced, remnants of which have been found in practically all the islands of the Pacific, east of New Guinea, though not in eastern Polynesia. Linguistic evidence suggests that they came from northern or central Vanuatu, or possibly the eastern Solomons.

Before long they had moved further on, colonizing Rotuma to the north, and Tonga and Samoa to the east. From here, vast distances were crossed to complete the settlement of the Pacific to Hawaii in the north, Rapanui (Easter Island) in the east and Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the south.

Unlike the islands of Polynesia which showed a continuous steadily evolving culture from initial occupation, Fiji appears to have undergone at least two periods of rapid culture change in prehistoric times.

This may have been due to the arrival of fresh waves of immigrants, presumably from the west. Pre Historians have noted that a massive 12th century volcanic eruption in southern Vanuatu coincides with the disappearance of a certain pottery style, and its sudden emergence in Fiji.

It is hardly surprising then, that the Fijian culture is an intricate network and that generalisations are fraught with danger. Although the legendary king of Bau, Naulivou, and his successors had control over a large area of eastern Fiji, at no time before colonization was Fiji a political unity. Nevertheless, Fiji does exhibit certain traits that sets it apart from its neighbours, and it is this that defines a distinctive Fijian culture.

Transportation

Getting around Fiji is easy and cheap. There’s a good network of buses, carriers (trucks) and ferries for travel within Fiji’s main islands, and taxis are common. Hiring a car is a good way to explore the two largest islands – which contain 90% of Fiji’s roads – or charter a boat or small plane to get between islands. Fiji is well-served by two domestic airlines which operate between many of the islands, although services are less regular to the outer islands. Yachting and cruising are also great ways to explore the country.

What do I do when I arrive? How do I get to the project?

Arrival Information Fiji

Option A: By Flight

Airport

- Nausori International Airport (SUV)

OR

- Nadi International Airport (NAN).

Pickup Window

Land on Sunday to be met upon landing. (6:00 to 18:00). Participants arriving on Saturday need to book one extra night at our accommodation.

Other Times

No pickup included. Make your own way to us, or arrange pickup at extra cost.

Option B: By Land

Overland

Arrive in Sigatoka on Saturday or Sunday prior to your program start date  (6:00 to 18:00). Please see below for instructions.

 

What about my departure? How do I get back to the airport?

Due to the many different personal plans and return flight times people have, we have found it logistically simpler to send participants to the nearest bus station and allow them to make their own way; whether it is to do more travelling or return to the airport. We do not cover your transfer costs to the airport. If leaving at a different time please confirm the leaving procedure to the country manager.

Last check-out time: 12:00.

Departure Procedure and Timing

Last Location

Departure Procedure

Travel Time

Earliest Flight Time

Suva

Leave the accommodation Saturday morning. Take a taxi to Suva (30 minutes) or Nadi (approx 4 hours) airport.

4 hours

Saturday Morning

Sigatoka

Leave the accommodation Saturday morning. Take a bus or taxi from Sigatoka to Nadi airport.

1.5 hours

Saturday Morning

Coastal Southwest to Northeast

Leave the accommodation Saturday morning. Take a bus or taxi from your accommodation in Nadi to Nadi airport.

0.5 hours

Saturday Morning

What type of food can I expect?

We provide vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, which usually are basic, clean, local healthy foods. We also keep your allergies in mind and we recommend you not to eat food from the streets. Bottled water is the safest drinking water. We provide 3 meals in the weekday and 2 meals on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

What should I bring with me to Fiji?

  • Clean clothes and some formal for formal occasions.
  • Hats and comfortable shoes
  • Your mobile phones (which can support local sim)
  • Sunscreen lotion and mosquito repellents
  • Your medications
  • Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel/soap, towel, toothbrush, paste, hair brush any item of your personal need)
  • These are just the basics and if you need anything you can purchase here.

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook PageInstagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. Becoming more independent and confident. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience of providing community support in a community in Fiji and you're ahead of the game.

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