Volunteering is a wonderful way to find fulfillment, help the environment and other communities, and make a difference in the world. Now imagine doing all those things while living on a beautiful tropical island in the South Pacific. Now presenting: Oceania. This region of independent nations and some territories, including (but not limited to) Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, American Samoa, and Papua New Guinea, is home to some of the most beautiful and remote places on the planet. While they serve as great vacation destinations, they also offer plenty of volunteer opportunities!

Conservation

Despite Oceania’s small size, it is quite ecologically diverse. There are mountains, deserts, tropical rainforests, and don’t forget the Great Barrier Reef! Some of these islands have unique flora and fauna only found in this part of the world, so preserving biodiversity for the future is a huge concern and task. As a volunteer, you might be cataloguing fish in the ocean. Or you’ll be working to preserve the reefs. No matter what you choose to do, as a volunteer, there will be plenty of opportunities to protect the environment in Oceania.

Education

If teaching is your gig, or you aspire to become an educator, Oceania is a great place to volunteer with an education focus. Teaching English is a popular option, and as ESL jobs are harder to come by here than in some other parts of the world, volunteering to teach English may be your best bet to educate while exploring this part of the world. Some programs will assign you to a specific school to teach various subjects. Some teaching volunteer positions require yearlong commitments, although there are plenty that are more short-term should you decide to stay for a couple weeks or months.

Sea Turtles

Sea Turtle Conservation is so popular and awesome that it gets its own category. These amazing aquatic animals can be found throughout Oceania, so you can volunteer to work with them in locations such as Australia or Fiji. Many sea turtle projects work to count and tag turtles as well as protect their nests after they lay eggs. If your dream is to help out turtles, like the ones from ‘Finding Nemo,’ this volunteer opportunity will be perfect for you.

Cost of Living

Australia and New Zealand are home to some of the most expensive cities to live in the entire world. According to the Mercer Organization, Australia has six of the top 50 most expensive cities, and New Zealand has two of the top 100. That being said, the other island nations and territories in the South Pacific have much lower costs of living, but it can still be expensive to get to many of these places depending on where you’re travelling from.

Oceania Lifestyle and Culture

With so many countries, cultures, climates, and varying nature wonders, you’ll find a great deal of diversity in these gems floating in the Pacific. Most island cultures bear influence from native cultures and European cultures. It is impossible to pin down one overarching lifestyle or cultural practice for the whole region, or even a whole country.

Languages in Oceania

You’ll find that English is commonly spoken throughout Oceania, especially in places like Australia, New Zealand, and some of the American Islands. French is spoken on some islands that were former territories of France. There are many native languages throughout Oceania including Fijian, Gilbertese, Mashallese, Nauruan, Māori, Palauan, Tok Pisin, Samoan, Tongan, Tuvaluan, Bislama, and numerous others.

Questions to Ask

Which country do I want to volunteer in? What do I hope to do on this trip? What kinds of projects are best suited to my interest? Do I want to be in an urban, suburban, or rural area? How long would I like to volunteer for?

Contributed by Kylie Genter

Due to the COVID-19 crisis we understand there is a lot of uncertainty around travel. While many programs have been canceled this summer we're all crossing our fingers that travel opens again soon. In the meantime many new online programs have emerged. While certainly not the same experience as going overseas, we think they offer the next best thing to creating a connection to the world.

Volunteer Programs in Oceania

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International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Fiji from $370
Fiji
29 reviews1 interview

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

GVI
GVI: Volunteer in Fiji
Fiji
19 reviews7 interviews

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

GVI
GVI: Marine Conservation Volunteering
Oceania
19 reviews5 interviews

GVI offers a variety of marine conservation volunteering programs. You...

Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad Volunteer Programs in Fiji
Fiji
29 reviews5 interviews

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

International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in New Zealand from $915
New Zealand
17 reviews2 interviews

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

Think Pacific
Volunteering Projects on the Fiji Islands with Think Pacific
Fiji
113 reviews4 interviews

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

GVI
GVI: Construction Volunteering
Oceania
3 reviews1 interview

Contribute to the development and improvement of infrastructure within...

GVI
GVI: Women's Empowerment Volunteering
Africa
3 reviews2 interviews

Join a GVI women’s empowerment project to support gender equality in...

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Affordable Summer Volunteer Programs with IVHQ
Oceania
4 reviews

This summer, immerse yourself in a meaningful adventure - travel with...

International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Australia
Australia
2 reviews

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

Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad Volunteer Programs in Samoa
Samoa
4 reviews

Join Projects Abroad in Samoa in one of our volunteer programs...

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

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

GVI
GVI: Healthcare Volunteering
Oceania
1 review1 interview

Contribute directly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals...

Frontier
Teaching and Community Placements in Fiji from $255
Fiji
4 reviews

Enhance your skills as you earn your TEFL certificate teaching...

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers: Volunteer with Australian Wildlife
Australia
28 reviews1 interview

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers is an Australian charity organisation...

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    Combine travel and volunteering into one amazing adventure. You will...

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