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Marine Conservation Expedition in Fiji

Marine Conservation Expedition in Fiji

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29 dagen
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Dive in crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific while assisting with research which will aid the local management of marine protected areas. Contribute to national efforts to conserve Fiji’s delicate coral reefs and marine ecosystems while living on a research base on the stunning Caqalai Island. Travel to idyllic traditional Fijian villages; gain your PADI Advanced Open Water qualification and contribute towards tangible, long-term community benefits.

Travel to the clear blue waters of the South Pacific Ocean, learn or improve your diving in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical countries and discover an incredible underwater environment.

Join an international team of volunteers on this marine conservation expedition which focuses on the collection of important marine inventory data from underwater research dives. This research is then made available to local communities and organisations to help better inform management decision making. The project is geared at providing long term benefits to the local communities through strategies designed to help guarantee food security for future generations.

Learning new scuba diving skills, conducting underwater surveys in the warm, turquoise waters of the Pacific, spending time getting to know the local community and their traditional villages, teaching children about environmental conservation during weekly school visits, assisting in the creation of coral farms, discover a myriad of fascinating marine creatures to study, enjoy island hopping, stunning remote island locations, scuba diving, snorkelling, traditional ceremonies, idyllic traditional Fijian villages, white beaches, climbing volcanic mountains, enjoying breathtaking scenery, cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life, learning to speak Fijian.

Scuba Diving Requirements and Additional Courses
You will spend the majority of your time on this expedition scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent. Non divers can join for 8- and 12-week durations, our partner will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to PADI Advanced Open Water. The 4 week duration is only open for divers already qualified to PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent. For non-divers wishing to attend for 4 weeks, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.

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Marine Conservation Expedition in Fiji

Project Life

You will first complete an initial training phase where you will learn to accurately identify locally targeted fish, invertebrate or coral species. Training will involve snorkel and dive point outs with local staff, as well as learning benthic, fish, coral and invertebrate species.

Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to have 1 or 2 dives/snorkels each day, 5 days a week, during which you will conduct underwater surveys after you complete your training. Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs. You will also be required to complete base duties.

You will stay on Caqalai Island base in basic dormitory accommodation with your fellow volunteers with a communal kitchen, living and work area, taking turns with base duties on a rotational basis.

Weekends are usually yours to rest up and relax, or perhaps even explore some of the surrounding area, all depending on the project needs and requirements.

Project Details

Our partner has joined with local NGOs and organisations in order to identify the best ways to assist the community to conserve their marine resources. The following research priorities have been identified:

- Data collection on targeted fish species.
- Habitat mapping for coral reefs and mangrove (Coral Reef and Mangrove Habitat mapping).
- Development of an environmental education and awareness program for local schools and communities.
- Development of terrestrial and marine environmental best practice on Caqalai Island

Our partner works closely with the Fiji Department of Fisheries and the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network to ensure that the impact of this research and program remains is both relevant and useful for the wider community.

About Your Location - Fiji Islands

The idyllic Caqalai Island pronounced ‘than-ga-lai’ is in the Lomaiviti Island group. Caqalai is a tiny island (you can walk around it in 15 minutes) defined by white sand beaches and a lush interior. The island is on the edge of an expansive reef system and nearby to 10 small villages located on the neighbouring Moturiki Island.

How This Program Makes a Difference

The communities with which we work do not have access to the necessary resources to carry out regular data collection in their fishing grounds and there has been a significant detriment to coral and fish stocks due to natural disaster events and unsustainable fishing practice.

Data collected on our volunteer powered surveys is presented to the local community land owners along with alternative livelihood methods and management strategies to help local stakeholders to make informed decisions with regards to their vital marine resources and long term food security.

Visa Information

You are required to obtain a Work Permit Visa which costs 180 FJD and is paid for locally in cash. If you are staying for less than 3 months our partners will apply for your work permit visa once you have arrived in Fiji. If you are staying for more than 3 months, you will need to start your application at least 12 weeks prior to arrival.

Requirements for permit for stays between 2 weeks and 3 months.
Please ensure you bring each of the following documents with you, it is a Fiji Immigration MANDATORY Requirement you bring 2 copies along with the original - failure to bring the copies of each may result in your application not being approved. Please note Fiji Immigration will keep one copy of the Documents

1) Criminal Background Check
You must bring the original hard copy of the document with you. The document needs to be in English, or - If issued in a foreign language immigration will require the original foreign language and an officially translated transcript as well. This must be a recognized national or state police check. Third party/private company or online checks are not accepted.
2) Passport Photocopy
This needs to be a clear photocopy of the biodata page of your passport.
3) Booked, onward flight itinerary (must show an e-ticket number and be in English).
This flight itinerary must be back to your country of origin, so if you are travelling to another country after Fiji, e.g Australia or New Zealand, then you will need to provide the full itinerary all the way back to your home country (and if applicable, you may need to show that you have the appropriate visa's for those countries).
The copy of your itinerary must also include an E‐ticket number, if you can’t find this then ask your travel agent or airline for confirmation
4) Immigration Fees
Immigration Fees of 180 FJD (this is paid directly to immigration)

PLEASE NOTE: You are only permitted to be in Fiji 2 days before and after your project. If you want to stay longer for a vacation you will need to depart from the country and return on a regular tourist visa.

Please ask for further details if you are staying for longer than 3 months

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
PADI Open Water certificate to join the 4-week program
Basic level of competency in English
The documents for the visa application as listed under "Visa Information"
Acceptance subject to availability

Scuba Diving Requirements and Additional Courses

You will spend the majority of your time on this expedition scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent. Non divers can join for 8- and 12-week durations, our partner will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to PADI Advanced Open Water. The 4 week duration is only open for divers already qualified to PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent. For non-divers wishing to attend for 4 weeks, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.

Inclusions

PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers)
24-hour emergency phone
24-hour in-country support
Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
All necessary project equipment and materials but not your own personal diving gear, the full list of requirements is included in the field manual for example, wetsuit, diving mask, fins etc
All necessary project training by experienced staff
Community work workshop
Coral reef ecology
Diving compressor training workshop
First Aid & CPR training
Location orientation
Long term experienced staff
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
Transfer to base location
Safe and basic accommodation (usually shared)
Use of O2 equipment workshop
Welcome meeting

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.

Please Note

In the villages, women must cover their shoulders and knees at all times. It is perfectly fine to wear short sleeved shirts as long as shoulders are covered. Men should bring a sarong too but it is a bit more flexible and they may not need to wear it all the time. Also a short sleeved shirt for school and to village functions but at other times it is acceptable to wear trousers or shorts. On base, volunteers are free to wear what they wish.

Overzicht

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Free Time
Volunteering in Fiji not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on the program. In order to travel independently around the area on your days off you must prebook water taxis with the staff. Costs will vary based on destination, but would normally be between $50-150FJD return.

Accommodatie

Accommodation is in shared (mixed gender) huts with shared bathroom facilities at the field station. There is rain water available for cooking, drinking, and washing. Ground water is pumped for other ablutions. Careful water conservation is necessary and water may be rationed during droughts. Basic flush toilet facilities are available, and participants share base duties, including cleaning and other chores. You need to bring your own mosquito net and bedding for example a thin sleeping bag liner.

If you need to stay additional nights before or after your project you need to book these separately, ask your travel consultant for help.

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Arrival
An airport transfer will meet the following two flights arriving in Suva on Fridays. You will be picked up at Suva airport and dropped off at SouthSeas Hostel.

1. Fiji Airways (FJ7)
Departure: 08:30 Nadi International (NAN)
Arrival: 09:00 Nausori International (SUV)

2. Fiji Airways (FJ21)
18:30 Nadi International (NAN)
21:00 Nausori International (SUV)

Please note that if you choose to fly at a different time, you will need to make your own way to our meeting point.

You can also take a taxi from Nadi Airport. This is about 250 FJD dollar (110 EUR), and takes 4 hours to get to Suva Center. There are several taxis outside the arrival terminal of Nadi International Airport. Should you choose this option, you will need to make your own way to the SouthSeas Hostel.

Meeting Point on Start Date (Saturday)
The pick-up point is at 11:00 in the lobby of the SouthSeas Hostel.

Departure
If you are flying out on a Saturday, you will be dropped off at the airport in Suva on Saturday at around 10:00. Please make sure that you book flights from Suva to Nadi after midday 12:00 to allow yourself enough time to check in and catch your flight.
If you are using other transport options to get to Nadi, we will drop you off at SouthSeas Hostel.

Maaltijden

Volunteers take it in turns to prepare meals for the group. Food is a very basic, mostly vegetarian diet. Breakfast could be porridge, fruit or toast, lunch is beans, vegetables, pasta and sauce, etc. and a typical evening meal may include lentils, pasta, beans, rice and vegetables. Please note, no alcohol is permitted on base.

Houd er rekening mee

You will have limited access to long-distance communications whilst on the program, so make sure friends and family know how often they can expect to hear from you. Mobile/cell phone reception is available on base, although it can be poor at times. It is possible to purchase pay-as-you-go Fijian Sim cards for unlocked phones in Nadi pre-departure. There is no general internet access for volunteers on base. The SIM and Credit must be purchased prior to island deployment. It is possible to purchase a pay-as-you-go mobile internet USB stick or wifi modem, however internet signal can be poor at times.

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