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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.
Once fully trained in species ID, volunteers will be taught several survey techniques allowing them to become a member of the data collection survey team building an inventory of marine species in Moturiki waters.
Marine expedition volunteers will also have the chance to assist in the delivering lessons focussed on environmental awareness in two schools on Moturiki Island and will participate in community based work giving workshops and helping to improve water security (rain water harvesting infrastructure, compost toilets).
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:
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. Accommodations for the night of Arrival Day are not included in program fee.
Food: Ingredients for meals are provided, but volunteers will take turns preparing meals.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
The majority of the expedition is spent Scuba Diving; the pre-requisites for this are as follows:
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.
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Please note that there is an additional cost for these programs. Biological Survey and Rescue certification courses require a minimum 8-week stay.