Dawasamu will be your home for the duration of this program, and its beauty is both distinct and vast. Set in an area with a mountainous backdrop on the East Coast of Viti Levu Island, once you arrive at base camp you will be hit with a peculiar serenity, seldomly experienced in the hustle and bustle of life in a modern city.
You will be working alongside other international participants on this program, forming part of a dynamic team supporting key initiatives focusing on:
- fresh-water management,
- water security,
- water and sanitation hygiene,
- community needs assessment,
- monitoring and mapping,
- waste management,
- health awareness and
- sustainable agriculture practice.
Our team on the ground does extensive research before collaborating with local community leaders and representative groups regarding the most pressing and relevant issues that need to be addressed and participants work on various different projects based on when they go on this specific program.
- Taking part in a range of activities ranging from installation of rainwater harvesting systems and assessing and enhancing water security, building veggie gardens, volunteering in local kindergartens and schools, interacting with villagers, all while making lifelong friends from a range of cultural and geographical backgrounds.
- Participants will learn all about traditional Fijian villages, becoming immersed in the local way of life, which is not only vastly different to living in a mainstream city, but rather alluring, and many of our participants dream of staying in Dawasamu long after the project comes to completion!
- Fancy seeing more of Fiji? There are many stunning locations as a part of weekend (or post-project) side-trips, that can be arranged. These including scuba diving, dolphin watching, hiking, snorkeling and even taking part in Fijian language lessons wherever possible.
Silana is small village in the Dawasamu district where I had travelled to learn about traditional Fijian culture and to work with GVI regarding successful methods of generating income to fund members who attend the University of the South Pacific, in addition to build sustainable development projects and rainwater harvesting and preservation. Working with the GVI team has been a great way to learn more about the incredible work that GVI guys are doing every day. It is a wonderful way to stay connected and learn about ongoing social and environmental projects and helping GVI amplify the work done by changemakers internationally.