Fiji High School Community Service

The island nation of Fiji is known for its lush green peaks, tropical waters, and some of the most hospitable people on Earth. Though tourism is booming on the main island, the smaller, outer islands are barely touched by Western influences, and life remains simple. Settle into a village on the island of Taveuni and work alongside community members on improvement projects as they continue to rebuild following a devastating 2016 cyclone.

June 27 - July 11, 2019
July 11 - July 25, 2019
We have arranged group flights from Los Angeles to Nadi, Nadi to Taveuni, Taveuni to Nadi, and Nadi to Los Angeles.

Trip Highlights

  • Work alongside our village hosts to plant a garden at the local school, or rebuild a community meeting space.
  • Delve into Fijian culture as you help prepare traditional meals, try your hand at spearfishing, and join in a kava ceremony.
  • Discover hidden waterfalls at Bouma National Heritage Park, and snorkel or scuba dive the colorful coral reefs that lace coastal waters.
  • Create a photo book, video, or essay that documents your experience.

Itinerary | 15 days

Days 1-3

Upon arrival in Fiji, head north to Taveuni, the third largest of Fiji’s more than 330 islands. Known as the “garden island,” Taveuni’s lush inland rainforests are home to exotic birds, iguanas, and frogs. Set out to explore this island gem, discovering hidden beaches and visiting the famous waterfalls in Bouma National Heritage Park. Straddle the former international date line, and strap on your fins to explore the fantastic coral reefs offshore. Learn about Fijian culture as we prepare to immerse ourselves in village life.

Days 4-13

We then make our way to our host village, where the chief and the villagers welcome us with traditional songs and a meke or dance. We’ll get to work with members of the community on a variety of projects. Help to rebuild a community meeting space or health clinic. Lend a hand planting a garden or painting a mural at the local school. In the afternoons and evenings, learn new phrases in Fijian as you get to know our hosts, and meet artisans to find out how they are reviving traditional arts. Spend an afternoon learning the basics of rugby, the Fijian national sport, in a pick-up game with local youths. Try your hand at spearfishing, then prepare your catch the traditional Fijian way. Gather inside the community house for a kava ceremony with the village elders. Capture your experiences with photos, video, or writing, and share your story with your new friends.

Days 14-15

Our adventure wraps up in the city of Nadi, on the main island of Viti Levu, where we’ll explore the unique Indo-Fijian culture. Visit a peaceful Hindu temple and taste the city’s fusion cuisine. Relax in mud baths and hot springs, surf or zip-line through the forest, browse artisan markets, and enjoy the last days of Fijian sun on a quiet beach before returning home.

Our community service trips are for students in grades 9-12. Students settle into a community and get involved with collaborative service projects that focus on infrastructure, education, or sustainability. Students work alongside local people, and document their experience through photos, journals, and video. Collaborative community projects provide an opportunity for deeper cultural interactions and insight into daily life in our host communities. Students travel alongside a team of highly-qualified trip leaders—college graduates with extensive experience in the field, who love working with students. Our community service trips are limited to 18 participants, and the student-to-trip-leader ratio is usually between six and eight to one and never more than nine to one.
On this program, students will spend an estimated 35–40 hours on community service projects. At the end of the program, students will receive a certificate stating the number of service hours completed. Projects described in this itinerary are examples and vary depending on the needs of the community.

While scuba diving is not the main focus of this trip, students who are certified will have the opportunity to participate in up to two dives, dependent on weather and conditions. The supplemental fee for diving is $150.

In the village, the group sleeps in sleeping bags in a simple village house. Sleeping areas and bathrooms are separated by gender. Elsewhere on Taveuni and while in Nadi, we will stay in small, rustic resorts.