It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa for your trip.
Our local team will take care of your visa upon your arrival in the country, however, in order to help you with this process, you will need to provide the necessary documents which will be listed in the immigration letter email, including a copy of your passport, an original copy of your official criminal record check, visa fees (which will vary depending on the length of your program and will be listed in the email from Immigration), flight itinerary – all volunteers must provide a hard copy of their flight itinerary.
Upon arrival in Fiji, you will need to complete an arrival card. On this card, you must tick the box “Business” as the reason for your trip, as volunteering is considered work in Fiji. You will receive a 14 day stamp in your passport, if you do not see 14 days written on your passport, ask to speak to the immigration officer and explain that our partner is applying for the visa on your behalf.
You will have limited access to long distance communications during the program. Be sure to let your loved ones know how often they can expect to hear from you. Mobile/cellular phone reception is available at the base, although it can be poor at times.
It is possible to buy Fijian Sim cards for unlocked phones at the airport or in Nadi before departure. Volunteers must buy the SIM card and phone credit before going to the base.
It is also possible to buy a pay-as-you-go mobile Internet USB key, but the signal can sometimes be weak. There is no general internet access (no wifi) for volunteers on base, but internet access is available for research and work related to the project.
During your free time, you will be free to travel around the region on the weekends. During this time, you can go on day trips such as dolphin watching, visiting other islands, scuba diving or relaxing at a nearby beach resort. After your program, there are countless attractions that can be reached after a day or two of travel.
You can travel to Suva, the capital, take a ferry to Taveuni, “the garden of Fiji”, or explore the interior of VitiLevu. The possibilities are limitless !
The local currency is the Fijian Dollar.
Participants typically spend around $100 FJD per week on phone credit, snacks, souvenirs and entertainment, etc.
Bring extra funds if you want to do additional activities and trips (such as scuba diving FJD $200-300, visits to resorts: more than FJD $90 including food, or meals off base: FJD 25 $). For those wishing to travel further to the other islands, before or after the program, we suggest allowing between US$40-50 per day. We recommend that you travel with cash as your main source of funds, although it is wise to have a credit/debit card in reserve.
The nearest emergency medical services are located in the town of Korovou (50 minutes from the base by car). For major emergencies, volunteers are taken to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.
We have emergency procedures for all foreseeable events, staff are trained in first aid and you will receive a safety briefing on arrival. Please note that our partner cannot provide specific medical advice. Please consult your GP for further information. Please also let us know of any health concerns before starting the program.
Any breach of this obligation can have serious consequences for you, the staff and other participants, you risk your exclusion from the program.