• Fiji
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Year Round
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30)
Travel Type
Older Travelers Solo Women


What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Nov 01, 2023
Nov 26, 2023
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About Program

Fiji is a country of over 300 islands. With clear-water beaches, green forest landscapes, and island-lined mountain ranges, it is a destination with vast natural resources. However, climate change and anthropogenic threats are negatively impacting the local biodiversity.

This is a great opportunity to join collaborative efforts to reach long-term sustainable objectives in a variety of GVI run programs. You could assist in community development, education, marine and environmental conservation, or women’s empowerment. Each program measures its impact against the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, and GVI places emphasis on ethical volunteering that empowers all communities, partners and participants involved.

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Program Highlights

  • Experience life in a country made up of over 300 islands. Gain an understanding of the culture, linguistics and biodiversity of Fiji.
  • Contribute to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals by assisting in a projects’ short- or long-term objective.
  • Meet people from other parts of the world, make friends and connect with local communities.
  • Learn valuable skills in conservation, community development and teaching, working alongside trained field experts.
  • Travel to different islands, enjoy traditional Fiji cuisine, beachfronts and panoramic views from mountain sides.

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Program Reviews

4.71 Rating
based on 21 reviews
  • 5 rating 85.71%
  • 4 rating 9.52%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 4.76%
  • Impact 4.55
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.55
  • Value 4.55
  • Safety 4.65
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Yes, I recommend this program

My Fiji GVI volunteering experience

GVI does a fantastic job of being a positive and supportive environment. My time in Fiji exposed me to the authentic life of the Fijians living in the Silana village we had so many opportunities to engage with the community during the program and in our free time. I love how integrated the GVI base is with the Silana village, this made my time extremely culturally educational. The team is filled with like-minded individuals from all over the world keen to travel and leave an impact. I couldn't recommend GVI and the Fiji programs anymore!!

  • positive team of staff
  • authentic cultural experience
  • make friends from all over the world
9 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Emily

Thank you for reviewing your experience. It's amazing to hear how immersed you were in the Fijian culture and how well you connected with the community - this truly makes your experience much more special. I'm also glad to hear that you received sufficient support throughout your time with us! I hope you join us again soon.

All the best,
Tiffany (GVI Outreach Team)

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No, I don't recommend this program

Unbelievably bad experience

Firstly my first GVI experience was fun and I got a lot out of it, however my second experience was unbelievably bad and I will never use or recommend this organisation to anyone.
I booked a 2 month marine conservation programme last year and things were fine until our webinar where I realised I didn't receive an email from GVI with the necessary visa documents. I had to request they send me this email, which had been sent to everyone else months ago. When I got the documents I realised why it was sent out so early, the visa application was for a business visa and was very involved, it included a police check and a thorough medical, my CV, work history, etc. It was a week before Christmas when I received this email and I was flying out to my programme the first week of January.
I was told it was fine by the GVI support officer and I can get it all done in a week, this was not possible at all. There was absolutely no way to get this done beforehand and I received very little support from my support officer (probably because it was a week before Christmas). I called the embassy to see if I could get some help there and they assured me I would only need a tourist visa (I did outline exactly what I would be doing there). Two days before I flew out I was told by the support officer that I couldn't do the programme if I didn't have the business visa and the embassy was wrong. I decided this was more trouble than it was worth so I wanted out and asked for a refund. Was told I wasn't eligible for a refund as I didn't buy the $500 cancellation waiver at booking so I couldn't get my $10,000 for the programme back.
I wasn't going to just let $10,000 go so I flew out to the programme and tried to make the best of it and get my business visa (for a volunteer programme) in country. While there I received no help in getting my visa. I had to make my own way to Suva from the village (3 hour bus ride) and organise/pay for transport, medical, application, and accommodation.
I left after 1 month when I had completed my PADI Advanced Open Water course. I left for personal reasons as well as being unsatisfied with the programme/organisation. Now that I had left I thought I could put the whole mess behind me and enjoy my new diving qualifications. I waited a month for my diving card to arrive and contacted the Fiji project manager to ask if it had been sent there. Took about a week and multiple attempts to get a response and only after giving up and contacting PADI myself did I learn that I was not in their system. I then received an email from the programme and learned that the instructor had not submitted my data to PADI and he has since lost all record of my training. So $10,000 (plus the scuba gear I had to buy and the visa) and I still do not have my diving qualifications nor did I do any actual volunteering on the programme.
This organisation is not interested in your experiences or helping communities/environment etc, they only want your money and good luck to you if you give it, then you're on your own.
As stated at the beginning the first programme I did was fun and I enjoyed it, however the second time is beyond a disgrace. Do not trust GVI. Even when the programme was good it was not that good and it is certainly not worth the gamble. This has been the worst experience I've had with any business. If you want a good volunteer experience please check out Laos Conservation Trust for Wildlife (LCTW)

279 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Exactly as I hoped!

This trip was the best of my life! I've done a lot of traveling before this, and since, and nothing can come close to the time I had in Dawasamu. While I was there, the focus was on a new recycling program that was being developed so I spent the majority of my time creating content for that. There was also time spent working in the garden, with building, and even working in the mothers and babies clinic. Something that I've really come to like about GVI over the trips I've taken, is the the way that your volunteer experience is tailored around your interests. Of course this can't always happen, but the organization does its best. There were activity options for our free time, and since we live right in the village, we were very integrated into the community! If community development is your passion- look no further.

399 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hey Danielle, thanks for your review! I'm thrilled to hear you had such a positive experience with us and enjoyed your time on base as much as you did. We'd love to have you back on base sometime soon!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Silana, Fiji

GVI Silana village, Dawasamu was one of the most eye opening experiences i have possibly ever had...as cheesy as it sounds. It was a refreshing feeling being around people who arn't consumed by technology. Their days consist of human interactions and connecting with each other and themselves through nature with use of their five senses. It was beautiful to see kids who arnt dependant on ipads and iphones and can just BE. You can have nothing in this world but have so much in many other ways and be absolutely happy! As much as i was making a difference for these amazing cheeky kids, they taught me so much more, i am so so thankful for the time that i got in the village and with the people i met that I'll never forget. apart of me will forever stay in Silana. Vinaka vakalevu, sota tale.

What was your funniest moment?
when it was our group A to cook in the kitchen on base and whenever you would cook there were these small lizards that sat on the roof and one fell onto Grace and it was crawling on the top of her head as she was screaming at me to get it off. its defiantly the people you meet that make it worth while!
412 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hey Asha, thanks for your review! I'm thrilled to hear you had such a positive experience with us and enjoyed your time on base as much as you did. We'd love to have you back on base sometime soon!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Exactly as I hoped!

This program was one of the best choices I've made. I worked in Community Development in Fiji and this covered a wide range of jobs. For the most part I was helping develop the door to door recycling information package, which explained what to recycle and what was safe to burn. I also spent time working in the community garden, and a few days doing physical work (clearing out a lot, transporting sand bags, etc.). I also even taught in the mothers and babies clinic for a few days. There were a lot of amazing aspects to this placement and aside from the undeniable and direct positive impact that it has on the community, my favorite part was the diversity of tasks. GVI did an amazing job of tailoring what volunteers do to their strong suits and skills. I honestly cannot think of a better way for a young person to spend their time. Travel with an open mind (as these are simpler living conditions than what you're used to), and I can guarantee you'll have an experience you will never forget. I can't wait for my next project!

411 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hey Danielle, thanks for your review! I'm thrilled to hear you had such a positive experience with us and enjoyed your time on base as much as you did. We'd love to have you back on base sometime soon!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Marine conservation on Caqalai - go there!

I‘ve been participating in this project for two months and I enjoyed every single day! The island where the project is located is very small but a real paradise. The dive sites around it are very beautiful as well; during the project you will have plenty of time to see how great they are because there is at least one dive per day for everybody!. I‘m very glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of the GVI community and the great important work they are doing. And I’m especially grateful for all the amazing people I met there and who made my experience a very funny, unique and unforgettable one. Sometimes, it can be a long day on base but the knowing that you are actually making a difference is worth every effort!
I can only recommend this project to everybody who likes to dive (or is interested to learn it as I did) and want’s to save the world (or at least a very beautiful part of it😉)

405 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hey Pauline, thanks for your wonderful review! I'm so glad to hear that you had such an amazing time and could see so easily the huge positive impact you're making whilst on base.

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Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience of my life so far!

I went to Caqalai, Fiji, last February on the marine conservation project, I was previously only an open water diver so in the first week I did advanced open-water training, and also did the Reef Research diver qualification which was really fun, before I progressed onto doing surveys of the invertebrate species on Caqalai's reefs. The diving was out of this world and I experienced so many things I would never have done otherwise.
The community on the Island was also great. Living on a small island with a group of people is immersive to say the least, so we all bonded incredibly quickly and I made friends for life. I also met loads of people at various stages in their studies of environmental or marine sciences which was really helpful for helping me to decide on what I wanted to study this year and I got tons of advice on how to make the most of my degree after volunteering and how to stay involved back home.

I would recommend this project to anyone!

What would you improve about this program?
More people to join! The program can only be as successful as its volunteers so if more likeminded people sign up and share their ideas, more positive changes can happen for both the reefs and communities in Fiji. The project is quite small and it would be incredible if it could get enough volunteers to grow and develop more.
403 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hey Laura, thanks for your review! I'm thrilled to hear you had such a positive experience with us and enjoyed your time on base as much as you did. We'd love to have you back on base sometime soon!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering with GVI

I loved my experience volunteering with GVI last March. The program I helped was called Women's Empowerment and was really interesting and fulfilling. While I was there I met so many amazing people and the staff were really helpful and friendly. The local community were so welcoming and experiencing their culture and way of life was refreshing. I highly recommend volunteering with GVI and I will definitely be volunteering with them again in future.

400 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hey Gina, thanks for your review! I'm thrilled to hear you had such a positive experience with us and enjoyed your time on base as much as you did. We'd love to have you back on base sometime soon!

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