• Fiji
1 to 12 weeks
Need-based funding
Health & Safety

Program Details

Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Guesthouse Host Family Hostel
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
All programs include arrival airport transfers, accommodation, meals, 24/7 local support , orientation and Certificate of Completion.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Jan 09, 2023
Aug 27, 2023
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About Program

IVI has been operating in Fiji for over 20 years! This beautiful South Pacific Island is full of adventures, 'Bula' spirit , warm oceans, and even warmer people. Come experience the incredible spirit of Fiji!

As a nonprofit organisation, we provide affordable, trusted and safe volunteer projects, which include orientation, accommodation, meals, 24/7 in-country support, and airport pickup. Experience the real Fiji with us and help give back to deserving local communities. We have projects in the Nadi/ Lautoka region where you will stay with a local family- a fantastic experience! We also have programs on the Coral Coast, where you will stay in a volunteer centre with other like-minded travellers.

Programs include teaching & kindy, remote island teaching, construction, medical & nutrition, animal care, special needs, sports and a womens commune.

Join us today!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

IVI are firmly committed to providing full support and inclusivity for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) individuals. Through our programs and initiatives, we strive to create a safe and empowering space that acknowledges, values, and uplifts the unique perspectives and contributions of BIPOC communities. Our organisation stands united in the fight against discrimination and is dedicated to fostering an environment where everyone can thrive, irrespective of their background.

LGBTQIA+ Support

IVI are dedicated to providing our full support for individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, we strive to create a safe and welcoming space for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Our commitment extends to promoting equal rights, dignity, and respect for every individual, regardless of their LGBTQIA+ status. We aim to create a world where diversity is embraced and everyone can thrive to their full potential.

Neurodivergent Support

IVI are committed to fostering inclusivity, we provide steadfast support to neurodivergent individuals. Our programs create a safe and embracing environment, where diverse neurocognitive perspectives are valued. Upholding equal rights and respect, we aim to eliminate obstacles and empower all members of the neurodivergent community to thrive through our dedicated initiatives.

Accessibility Support

With a strong commitment to inclusivity, IVI offer support for individuals requiring accessibility accommodations. Our initiatives are designed to create an environment where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can fully participate and contribute. Whilst some programs may be more suitable than others, we strive to empower all individuals to engage and excel in our programs and activities.



IVI are dedicated to promoting sustainability in all aspects of our work. By embracing sustainable practices, we envision a future where communities thrive, natural resources are preserved, and the Earth's ecosystems are nurtured for generations to come. We are committed to keeping our projects focused on positively benefitting the local communities and environment.

Ethical Impact

Our programs embody ethical volunteering by placing local community well-being and empowerment at the forefront. We engage in transparent collaboration, focusing on sustainable solutions that respect local cultures and preserve dignity. Through responsible, long-term projects, we foster genuine connections, create lasting change, and uphold the principles of ethical engagement.

Program Highlights

  • Join over 25,000+ Volunteers!
  • 33+ years experience. IVI provides safe, high quality & responsible volunteer travel experiences
  • Home Stays or Volunteer Centre Accommodation Options
  • Programs from $395 a week, starting every Monday
  • Structured Nutrition & Public Health Community Outreach Project - popular!

Popular Programs

Public health outreach teams of 4 to 12 volunteers

Travel with purpose and help combat malnutrition and public health issues in Fiji. If you have an interest or background in nutrition, dietetics, nursing, physiotherapy and community health we are running set intakes providing free health services to people in need. You'll have guidance from a qualified in-country practitioner. Amazing career growth opportunity. Intakes run in January, June, July & November.

Experience real authentic island life in Fiji

A truly unique, raw and exclusive local Fijian experience! This Island lies in the outer regions of the Mamanuca Islands, approximately 1-hour fast ferry from the mainland. It is a volcanic island, with a steep, grass-covered interior, rocky coastline, and long sandy beaches. You’ll have full access to and will take part in one of the few traditional Fijian island villages left in this region.

Womens commune

Home to around 400 women and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, the commune requires help in a number of places, from childcare, to English teaching, administration, health checks, building maintenance, counselling, and gardening.

We welcome volunteers of all skill levels who have a caring, understanding and commited attitude. This is a popular and an extremely rewarding project.

kindergarten teaching with IVI volunteers

Volunteer with IVI at local kindergartens in Fiji. You will help to care for and teach 4 to 7 years olds. The children are very energetic so be sure to bring along your energy! Teach English conversational skills, writing, reading, drawing, through fun activities. Get creative through painting, drawing, crafts and anything else you can think of!

School Renovation in Fiji

Create a positive impact in the lives of the local communites on the Coral Coast. You will be building and maintaining community buildings and local schools which may not have the funds otherwise. Help make for a brighter community and a place where children can learn in a well-maintained environment. No expereince required and volunteers are placed where their skill levels lie.

Program Reviews

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  • Impact 4.95
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 4.95
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

I volunteered in Fiji and did two weeks on the public health and nutrition project and two weeks on the kindy project in the coral coast

I spent two weeks travelling around Fiji where I stayed in Lautoka, Suva, a village, and a resort - so lots of different accomodation styles. I was very lucky to have had such an amazing team to work with - they went from being a team of strangers, to becoming like a second family to me. We received training on how to perform blood pressure and blood sugar checks, and how to take height, weight, and waist measurements correctly. The first week of the project was spent living in a village. It was a huge culture shock at first, just a completely different way of living to what we have back home. But it was one of the highlights of my trip because never have I felt so welcomed, accepted, and taken care of by such lovely and friendly people.

Our host family were wonderful, making us feel so at home and giving us the opportunity to really immerse ourselves in the culture. I learnt so much from them - Fijian phrases, what they typically eat, how to tie a sulu correctly, their history, what a typical day in a village is like, the etiquette, etc. By the end of the stay I really did feel like a local. This was a truly eye opening and rewarding experience, being able to put a smile on each individual's face when we performed the health checks and knowing how much it meant to them was such an amazing experience to be apart of.

The second week of the project was spent at Nanuku resort. This was a completelty different contrast to what we had experienced the previous week. But again, just like the first week, we were warmly welcomed and just our presence was so highly regarded by the Fijian people. A highlight for me in this week was hearing how some of the ladies had consciously made the effort to increase their exercise and watch their sugar consumption, leading to lower weight and waist measurements which came primarily down to the fact that they had listened to our education talks the last time we had visited them. So hearing this only reinforced why this project is so worth becoming involved in, knowing that you truly are making small differences in peoples lives.

Kindy teaching project in the coral coast:

This project was so much fun. It gave me the opportunity to meet so many like minded people from different areas around the world. There was a lot more down time on this project which gave me more of a chance to do sightseeing and activities which I really enjoyed. I decided to do the cultural introduction week on my first week of this project, and it is safe to say I'm really glad I did! This would be the highlight of this project and I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering taking part in this - we got to visit a waterfall and swim in it, we hiked up Sigatoka sand dunes, we went to Maui bay, we did a cooking lesson on how to make some of the popular Fijian food, we did a Fijian language class, and we also learnt how to weave bracelets. I had the wonderful opportunity of teaching in the preschool and absolutely fell in love with the Fijian kids! It was so great to be able to help teach them to write and read, count their numbers, and learn the alphabet.

Mere and Masi were so lovely and welcoming. I was greeted at the airport by them and from day one they made me feel so at home and well looked after. They felt like my second set of parents and really took great care of all of us. I have a few dietary requirements and was worried that I wouldn't be able to eat much of the food - however, Mere made sure I was well catered for and there was always something for me to eat. The food on this project was amazing!! It was so fresh and very well cooked - you could tell a lot of time and effort had gone into preparing every lunch and dinner. I really enjoyed trying all the different Fijian food and actually feel in love with rourou (taro leaves stewed in coconut milk).

Carrun was an awesome coordinator - she always provided reassurance, support, and encouragement every step of the way, and never pushed you into doing something you didn't want to do (e.g. my downfall was taking blood pressure!) She made us feel really comfortable to communicate anything we were unsure of or if any issues arised we knew we could openly communicate to her about them. It was great to see her in her element, and seeing how passionate she was about the work she was doing reinforced why we were doing these health checks, and actually inspired me to want to do something similiar in years to come. It was really fun to work with her and I liked the balance between engaging in intense work, but also being able to share a laugh and debrief with her at the end of the days.

  • The coral coast projects' food options could be improved to incorporate more variation into the dishes and also to cater better for those with dietary requirements.
13 people found this review helpful.
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Health & Nutrition Project Fiji

We had a great team that worked very well together and supported each other. The experiences we had were amazing. It felt like a very worthwhile project where we were making a difference. We learnt that Fijians usually only seek medical assistance when something is going wrong. So the preventative checks that we were doing on blood pressure and blood sugar are usually neglected. The education side was also basic for us as Australians but was enlightening for the Fijians. We came across Fijians that had made a significant change in their lifestyle since the last team visited and can only assume that some significant changes would be made after our team's visit. We could see how lives could be saved as a result of this program.

We were fortunate to have a diverse set of experiences including visiting villages, visiting a primary school, visiting a high school and assessing the health of staff in a resort. I lead a couple of dances at the primary school which was a real highlight. Over our 2 weeks we circumnavigated the main island of Fiji, stayed in a village, visited a waterfall, were given a tour of a deep cave, participated in Kava ceremonies, watched fire walking and stayed in a resort.

The Fijian people were incredibly friendly, had a good sense of humour and were extremely thankful for our visit.

The local team of Masi, Mary and Lessie were amazing. They provided a necessary link between the volunteers and the Fijians as far as interpreters and our adherence to local customs. All were incredibly friendly and personable. They opened their home to us and drove us around in their cars. The food was excellent and catered to the different dietary requirements that existed in the team. The accommodation was all very good. Obviously in the village, the accommodation was a little more primitive (all of the team sleeping in one room and cold showers) but that was real and to be expected.

Carrun's concern for the Fijian people was obvious and she was particularly good at the relationships between the team and the various village or corporate leaders. She also cared for the team and kept us informed of upcoming requirements.

1. From memory, the website seems to indicate a shorter work day than we actually experienced while on the team. We worked from 8:30ish to 4ish each day. We had read a review before leaving that had prepared us (but some of the other volunteers were not aware), but maybe the information on the website needs checking in this regard.
2. Before leaving I wasn't sure if there was going to be anything but young people on our team. We had a lovely mixture of young, middle aged and retired however, I didn't have this impression from the photos on your website. More encouragement of older volunteers and accompanying photos I think would be helpful as the experience of the older members of the team was invaluable.
3. We were made aware that there was a lot of data entry to be done for this project (and previous projects). We had people on the team expressing their willingness to contribute in this way but we only had the opportunity to make 3 or 4 entries in the end out of the hundreds (maybe even thousands) that needed to be done. An extra laptop or advice to bring a laptop for interested people may have facilitated this data entry.

14 people found this review helpful.
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Local Kindergarten Teaching Support in Fiji

My volunteering experience exceeded my expectations. It was so amazing and I highly recommend it to everyone. Being with the kids at the kindergarten was such a fun and rewarding experience where I learnt so much about the kids, Fijian culture and myself!
I met some absolutely incredible humans through this experience who now have become lifelong friends who I can’t wait to visit all over the world.

All the coordinators were so lovely and created such a welcoming environment. I really enjoyed the food, being vegetarian I was worried about the food situation but the coordinators were so accommodating and made an entirely vegetarian meal specifically for my cousin and I every day. The accommodation was also nice and comfortable.

18 people found this review helpful.
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Fiji - Nutrition and Public Health

This experience was a unique one that I never thought I would experience. As a group, we bonded and gained great insight into the public health situation in Fiji. Through this process, we felt welcomed, making a tangible impact on the communities and witnessing health outcomes we otherwise may never have seen. Through the 4 days we spent in the community, both remote and urban, we gained tangible skills from taking blood pressure to measuring blood glucose as well as communication and time management skills. One of the most memorable experiences was our stay at the farm, during which we experienced an authentic Fijian lifestyle that was unlike anything I'd experienced before. The people we met there were incredibly welcoming and grateful and overall, I would highly recommend this program. The local team were super helpful and welcoming. We had the pleasure of meeting Masi and Mere who went above and beyond to accommodate us, treating us as their own family. The home cooked meals were delicious and provided great insight the culture of the local people. Accommodation provided by the team was also comfortable and clean. Overall, a very positive experience.

18 people found this review helpful.
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Fiji - nutrition project

The nutrition project in Fiji was a very eye opening experience. It allowed me to learn more about Fiji as a nation and more about the ill-fated issues that affect a majority of their population, all while using my available skills to help out where possible. It was a great way for me to be exposed to more of the nation's people's and cultures, which I was very honoured to be a part of. The volunteering experience was very hectic but also felt very rewarding, trying to provide health check ups for people who may not have as much access to medical checks. The people of the villages and places we visited were so welcome and kind, it made the entire experience very enjoyable and fulfilling. It was also very surprising seeing the cases of high BP or sugar levels across the population, alerting me to some of the major issues experienced by the population. Overall, I learnt so much from this experience and enjoyed every minute of it and hope to delve into similar projects again to further my interests and knowledge of healthcare around the world.

Our volunteer facilitator Carrun and Mary were lovely and very accomodating for the entire trip. I never felt like I could not ask a question with them. The local team that I worked with were very friendly and easy to get along with. The food provided by the host family was delicious and plentiful, it felt like a little feast every day. The families holding the dinner were all very accomodating and welcoming of their home, and their treatment towards us was very heartwarming, providing us with a place to stay as well as a lot of amazing local food. The accomodation at the farm was a unique stay that overall was very different but enjoyable as I spent a good amount of time away from the online world and focused more on things that didn't require electricity or the internet. Whilst adjusting to it was different, over time the accomodation became very cosy and enjoyable with my volunteer group. Overall, the local team, food and accomodation was great!

18 people found this review helpful.
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Animals in Fiji

It was an awesome time volunteering at Animals Fiji Nadi clinic. I learnt so many new skills and have seen a new perspective on the animal industry in a third world country.

I loved being apart of both the shelter team and clinic and applying my own strengths to them as well as developing my weaknesses. My highlight was being able to observe and help at the Loutoka desexing drive.

The team were lovely. The accomodation was good. There was only one night where there was no food provided. This would have been fine if we had known in advance.

21 people found this review helpful.
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Animals Fiji

The volunteering was amazing!! I really enjoyed my time in Fiji working with all the staff members at Animals Fiji, they were all amazing and made us feel so welcome.
During the volunteering I spent time in the shelter working with the puppies, dogs and kittens, the tasks included health checks, cleaning, walking the animals, feeding, and giving medication. Within the clinic I spent time in the hospital, working with the vet assistants and vets. I learnt so much during the trip which included checking vitals, administering medications and how to conduct an initial consultation.
One of the highlights for me was definitely attending the desexing clinic in Laukato, and working with the staff.

The team at the shelter were extremely welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly. They made the transition there very easy and helped whenever they could. The food and accommodations were lovely, with the family and other volunteers there were very welcoming. Having other volunteers with us, made the transition easier as we were able to discuss our experiences as well as meet a variety of different people from different backgrounds. Ideas for donations that Animals Fiji might need at the time volunteers are coming.

22 people found this review helpful.
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Fiji - Nutrition

Beautiful people and scenery. Everyone we met was so lovely and we had such a good time. Extremely rewarding and we felt like we were applying our knowledge to help the community.

Highlight - having the villages provide us local food. Beautiful - Masi and Mari (and their extended family) were so incredibly accomodating, kind and informative. They ensured we were as comfortable as could be. Food - fresh and beautifully home made. Really helped us feel at home. Accomodation - Latouka homes were very comfortable and even the farm was as comfortable as could be .

Carrun - very, very kind and helpful. Her experiences were very valuable and equipped us to go out as a team to the villages and have a great time. Potentially multiple villages per day - while the afternoon break was really nice - we felt like we were only working for a couple hours each day - felt like we could have done more.

21 people found this review helpful.

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