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As a volunteer on this project, you will be working on nearby islands and coastal reefs around the base. The expedition focuses on data collection through underwater research dives; the results of which will provide long-term benefits for local communities and environmental initiatives. Work with local coordinators to guarantee the community's ability to better manage and conserve their natural resources.

During the expedition, volunteers will improve their diving skills and assist in the creation of a network of Marine Protected Areas, while discovering an abundance of unique marine creatures. The expedition also focuses on community education and is a great way to discover the indigenous culture. Volunteers will partake in weekly school visits where they will teach local children about environmental conservation and also have a chance to get to know the community and their traditional villages.
Location of the Project:  Caqalai Island, Fiji
Project length:  4, 8, 12 and 24 weeks
Arrival Airport:  Nadi International Airport (NAN)
Volunteer Work:  Diving, research and local education initiatives
Age:  18 - 70
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 24 international volunteers at the base camp
Important Note:  Equipment: all necessary project equipment and training are provided upon arrival. There is also a kit list available post-registration which will outline all the essentials that volunteers will need.

What's Included

Accommodations:  Mixed dormitories
Food:  Ingredients provided for cooking
Airport Transfers:  Airport pick up within limited hours, drop-off provided upon completion of the program
Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, personal kit, travel health insurance, additional drinks and gratuities, extra local excursions, international and domestic airport taxes, business visas (up to 3 months approximately $100 USD, more than 3 months approximately $300 USD)
Fiji is a stunning Melanesian country that lies in the South Pacific Ocean, just 2,000 km from New Zealand’s North Island. Surrounded by the crystal blue warm Pacific, the islands of Fiji were formed from volcanic activity, creating a majestic landscape and coral reef that make it a prime location for divers, volunteers, and eco-travel connoisseurs alike. The project itself is located on Caqalai Island in the Lomaiviti group. Here you will find white sand beaches that lead to volcanic mountainous landscapes and crystal clear lagoons, making it a stunning location for any expedition.
The expedition begins with an initial training phase involving snorkeling and dive point outs with the professional staff. During this time volunteers will learn to identify locally targeted fish species as well as benthic coral and invertebrate.

Surveys are conducted twice a day, four days a week. The expedition consists of early morning starts so as to make the best of daylight hours, with a late finish of data entry and equipment preparations for the next day. The fifth day of the week is reserved for fun diving expeditions in the morning with the afternoon to relax and enjoy a barbecue. Weekends are mostly free for volunteers to either rest or explore the local area. 

Some of your tasks may include:
  • Data collection on targeted fish species
  • Coral reef and mangrove habitat mapping
  • Environmental awareness and educational program development for local schools
Internet:  SIM cards can be purchased on the mainland, mobile reception available on the base.
Accommodations:  Shared mixed huts with shared bathroom facilities at field station. Rain water available for cooking, drinking, and washing.
Food:  Ingredients provided, volunteers take turns preparing meals.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Mini age of 18
  • Police clearance form (must be officially translated into English)
  • Willing to work hard
  • Passion for marine conservation
  • Good level of physical fitness
The majority of the expedition is spent Scuba Diving, the pre-requisites for this are as follows:
  • 4 weeks: Volunteers must already have a PADI open water certification
  • 8-12 weeks: Training for PADI certification provided, after which volunteers will become a PADI Advanced Diver. 
The stunning islands of Fiji offer many fantastic activities to do in your spare time. These include: climbing volcanic mountains, cave swimming, witnessing breathtaking landscapes from white sand beaches to beautiful rivers and water falls, discovering the unique indigenous culture, learning to speak Fijian and many more. 

Program Add-Ons:  
Take your volunteering experience one step further!   
  • Take part in the Biological Survey Techniques Course for in-depth training that will allow you to effectively plan and execute your own field surveys in the future.
  • You can never be too prepared. Join the EFR Training and get certified in First Aid and CPR for adults and children.
  • Get your PADI Rescue Diver Certification and further your diving knowledge. To take part in this course you must have your EFR certification.
Please note that there is an additional cost for these programs. Biological Survey and Rescue certification courses require a minimum 8-week stay.
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