Fiji has something to offer for everyone, no matter what the budget, in Fiji you’ll be able to find accommodation and activities to suit your needs. The Fijian people are diverse and are well known for their hospitality. The Fiji islands boast many excellent spots for scuba diving and snorkeling. These sites are some of the best in the world. Many travelers visit Fiji for it’s gorgeous beaches and beautiful cliff sides. Fiji isn’t just surfing and rock climbing, but also offers a rich history of Polynesian and Indian customs. Take your gap year in Fiji, learn new skills, and experience new cultures while getting tan on some of the world’s most pristine islands.

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Volunteering

Volunteering in Fiji is a great way to give back while enjoying one of the most beautiful places in the world. Many volunteer projects in Fiji are based around education, healthcare and community support. The Fijian people will greet you with open arms. Most volunteer programs in Fiji avoid the tourist areas and are based around Nadi. Unfortunately, while the tourist industry has brought a large sum of money to the island, very little of that money has gone to the native population, but rather pushed natives into more impoverished areas.

Fiji is home to stunning islands (over 300 to be precise), but only 100 of these are inhabited. The Fijian Islands are mountainous and fruity, home to a vast range of delicious subtropical fruits. Volunteers in Fiji will be exposed to a wonderful lifestyle with a mix of cost-effective, multi-cultural and stimulating living. The preservation of these islands if of top priority to the native population and to the Fijian government. Volunteer opportunities with conservation organizations are prevalent and rewarding. Fiji is also in need of English teachers and social workers.

Adventure Travel

With so many incredible islands how can one choose?! The main island Viti Levu - Fijian for 'big Fiji' is home of Suva, the capital of Fiji. Suva is located on the topical (wetter) side of Viti Levu and is the perfect spot for exploring the tropical wildlife and diving by coral reefs. Nadi on the opposite (drier) side of the island, is close to some of the best vacation spots in Fiji. The Mamanuca Islands are very popular. Their romantic appeal is not only for honeymooners, but they're also the perfect destination for backpackers, rock climbers, and snorklers. Fiji’s outer islands have sandy coves and rainforest highlands. It’s amazing to think of how many different landscapes can be seen in such a small location. Fiji is truly a world of its own.

Internships

Fiji is not a large-scale business hub, but there are plenty of internships with programs in cultural Ecology, wildlife restoration, and agricultural business. An international internship is a perfect addition to a gap year or a college career. Other internship opportunities include marine biology, conservation, education, and tourism. The great thing about taking a gap year in Fiji is that the internships are often customizable and available throughout the country, so you’re not isolated on one island for an entire year. Many internships will allow you the free time to explore the nightlife of Suva and island hop, allowing you to learn many different cultural traditions while also gaining the confidence and self-motivation of having international work experience. You’ll make life-long friends while contributing to meaningful projects!

Cost of Living in Fiji

The cost of living is always relative to the lifestyle of the gapper. Nevertheless, prices have decreased across the board in Fiji. Practically speaking, the cost of living depends on where on the islands you choose to visit or live. To simulate a high-flying, New York City-like lifestyle you might head to Suva, Fiji’s capital, but be prepared to spend upwards to $6,000 USD a month. Alternately, you can live in smaller towns of Viti Levu or on one of the more remote islands. While doing this will greatly decrease your expenses, you’ll have to get used to part-time electricity and a less luxurious accommodations. Nevertheless, a gapper can live comfortably on $1,000 USD a month.

Culture and Etiquette in Fiji

It is customary when visiting a village to present a gift. The presentation is attended by some of the older men who will grant you respect. After receiving a gift, the occasion will quickly turn into a social occasion where you be welcomed by warm hearts. Be prepared to answer a million questions!

It is important to dress modestly. Do not wear a hat in a village as it is considered an insult to a chief. Do not wear shoes into people's houses, because it’s viewed as disrespectful of their home. Also, it is considered an insult to touch someone's head. While Fijians are known as some of the friendliest people in the world, your respect for their customs and traditions is very important and should be considered at all times. Villagers will almost always ask you to eat with them or share whatever they have, so don’t be too modest in Fiji, it’s considered disrespectful to refuse gratitude.

Traces of the Zika virus have been found in Fiji. To learn more about Zika and how to avoid getting infected, read the Washington Post's article on Zika precautions.

Exercise caution when traveling to or within Fiji. Currently, the political situation is unpredictable, and the rule of law has deteriorated since the December 2006 military coup. While the locals are very hospitable, the government has a growing anti-U.S rhetoric. Citizens and visitors should remain cautious and alert in public places near military activities. You should avoid demonstrations, even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent unexpectedly.

While Fiji does not suffer from widespread disease, it’s important that all travelers be well prepared and have received the proper vaccinations. Travelers should bring bottled water with them at all times. Fiji does not have the same strict regulations on sanitation as the U.S. and European countries. In tourist areas, crime rates are low, but visitors are easy prey for con artists. If a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!

Gap Year Programs in Fiji

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GVI
GVI: Volunteer in Fiji
Fiji
9.53 •19 reviews

Fiji is a country of over 300 islands. With clear-water beaches, green...

Pacific Discovery
Pacific Discovery | New Zealand & Fiji Summer Program
Multiple Countries
9.94 •16 reviews

Experience the local lifestyle, explore incredible landscapes, and...

Carpe Diem Education
Carpe Diem Education | South Pacific Semester: Environmental Conservation & Leadership
Multiple Countries
9.35 •20 reviews

Study environmental conservation and leadership all within the...

Seamester
Seamester: Transpacific, Tahiti to Australia - 66 or 80 Days
Multiple Countries
9.89 •9 reviews

Sailing from Tahiti to Australia is known as one of the world's most...

Gapforce
Fiji Marine Conservation with Gapforce
Fiji
8.4 •5 reviews

Dive into crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the...

Carpe Diem Education
Latitudes Gap Year: Group Semester & Focused Volunteer Placement
Multiple Countries
9.75 •4 reviews

Choose one of our 3-month group semesters during the fall (India...

ARCC Programs
ARCC Gap: Pacific Islands - Fiji, Sumatra & Bali
Indonesia
10 •3 reviews

Travel to and immerse yourself in the island lifestyles of Sumatra...

Tru Experience Travel
Gap Year Volunteering with TRU Experience Travel
Multiple Countries
10 •8 reviews

Have you ever wanted to use your skills in less developed parts of the...

Rustic Pathways
Summer High School Programs in Fiji with Rustic Pathways
Fiji
9.55 •93 reviews

Our community partnerships in Fiji date to 1993. These deep roots mean...

Verto Education
Verto Education Semester Abroad With College Credit
Multiple Countries
8.95 •22 reviews

Verto was designed to give you the gap year experience while earning...

Rustic Pathways
Mulit-Country Rustic Pathways Gap Year
Multiple Countries
9.45 •20 reviews

A gap year is not a one-kind-fits-all experience. That's why Rustic...

Putney Student Travel
Summer Service Program in Fiji | Putney Student Travel
Fiji

Begin in Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu and travel by plane to...

Putney Student Travel
Adventure in Fiji, New Zealand, & Australia | Putney Student Travel
Multiple Countries

Explore stunning landscapes from Fiji's tropical beaches to snow...

Gap Year Volunteering in Fiji

Volunteering is a great way to experience Fiji on your gap year
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    Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Fiji from $370
    Fiji
    9.52 •29 reviews

    Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer...

  • GVI
    GVI: Volunteer in Fiji
    Fiji
    9.53 •19 reviews

    Fiji is a country of over 300 islands. With clear-water beaches, green...

  • Projects Abroad
    Projects Abroad Volunteer Programs in Fiji
    Fiji
    9.34 •29 reviews

    Projects Abroad has been providing volunteer placements abroad since...

  • Gapforce
    Fiji Marine Conservation with Gapforce
    Fiji
    8.4 •5 reviews

    Dive into crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the...

  • Global Works
    New Zealand & Fiji Islands Summer Service Adventures
    Multiple Countries
    9.75 •4 reviews

    On this program, we SCUBA Dive Fiji's coral reefs, explore the world...

  • Involvement Volunteers International (IVI)
    Help, Connect, Grow & Be Inspired in Fiji. Non-Profit Org & Charity 30 Years
    Fiji
    9.42 •19 reviews

    As a tourist, there is a side to Fiji you've probably never seen...

  • Tru Experience Travel
    TRU Experience Travel: Volunteer Projects in Multiple Locations
    Multiple Countries
    9.8 •5 reviews

    Tru Experience Travel have some of the most amazing volunteer...

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    Think Pacific
    Volunteering Projects on the Fiji Islands with Think Pacific
    Fiji
    9.83 •113 reviews

    Volunteer in Fiji and experience the unique culture, customs and way...

  • Travel Teacher
    Travel Teacher: Cultural Exchange & Adventure Travel | Fiji
    Fiji
    9.78 •9 reviews

    Travel Teacher’s Cultural immersion programme in Fiji is a unique way...

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