FIJI - Marine Conservation (<18)

Voyage to beautiful Fiji where you’ll live and breathe traditional Fijian culture and participate in marine-based service projects. Work actively to support marine conservation while learning about the effects of climate change on this unique environment. Launch kayaks into the private cove, enjoy snorkeling nearly every day, hike to Nacula’s highest point, visit the village markets, participate in a lovo, make jewelry using coconuts and learn traditional meke dance.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights)

Location: Nacula, Fiji

$3,999.00

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Description

Experience Highlights:

  • Dive into crystal blue water, live in bungalows and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific.
  • Assist with marine ecology research and restoration projects while based on Nacula, a hilly volcanic island of Fiji.
  • Fiji’s coastal ecology is threatened by climate change and overfishing. Learn about the negative effects these have on marine sustainability by working on a data collection project that contributes to a long-term study. This ongoing research will help better local communities’ understanding of areas that need protection.
  • Plant mangroves to mitigate heavy coastal erosion, participate in coral restoration projects and promote sustainable use of sensitive ecological resources.
  • Spend time in the local villages presenting your findings to schoolchildren, elders and community leaders.
  • Launch kayaks into the private cove and enjoy snorkeling nearly every day, including on excursions to two world class locations: the famed Blue Lagoon, and the more hidden Sawa-i-Lau sea cave, a spot sacred to locals and regarded as the resting place of Ulutini, an ancient Fijian god.
  • Hike to Nacula’s highest point, where you‘ll take in the breathtaking 360-degree view of neighboring islands below.
  • Watch and listen as ancient stories and legends unfold through song and dance. Every day is a chance to learn from this enchanting, community-based culture.
  • Visit the village markets and participate in a lovo, a traditional feast cooked in the earth.
  • Make jewelry using coconuts, try the steps of the traditional meke dance, and pick up some conversational Fijian.
  • Contribute 30 hours of community service.
  • Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1.

 

A typical Marine Conservation Expedition Experience:

  • Home Base in Fiji is a locally-owned lodge made up of renovated bungalows on the beach.
  • Gather at an open-air common area for meals and evening sessions and enjoy living steps from the water.
  • Students will share bungalows with three to four roommates and have access to ensuite bathrooms with Western style toilets and cold-water showers.
  • Kayaks are also available at Home Base for students to use during downtime under staff supervision.

Included

Experience Fee Includes:

  • All educational materials.
  • Lodging.
  • 3 meals per day.
  • All in-country transportation.
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off.
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe.
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program.
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance.
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions.
  • Pre-departure materials and support.

 

Experience Fee Excludes:

  • Flights.
  • International and domestic airport taxes.
  • Medical and travel insurance.
  • Visa costs.

Dates

  • 18 June – 1 July 2019
  • 5 July – 18 July 2019
  • 21 July – 3 August 2019

Documents Required

  • Personal Details – Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Nationality.

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