Shark Conservation in Fiji for Teens
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Coral Coast, Viti Levu
- TYPES OF PLACEMENT: Diving and conservation work
- ACCOMMODATION: Projects Abroad dormitories
- AGE REQUIREMENTS: 16-19 years old
- Arrival Airport: Nadi (NAN)
- Local Languages: Fijian & English
Volunteering with Projects Abroad on the Shark Conservation project in Fiji is a great way to travel with purpose and contribute to vital conservation efforts abroad. In Fiji, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including diving, shark surveys, mangrove reforestation, and beach clean-ups. You will also be able to observe scientists catching and tagging juvenile sharks.
The first week of the project will focus on your diving course. If you do not have a certification, you will be trained on the PADI Open Water course. Those who already have their Open Water certification will have the chance to do an Advanced Open Water course. Both of these certifications are globally recognized. All High School Special volunteers will also take part in a Shark Conservation Diver Course.
The second week of the program will focus on scientific research, such as observing the scientists, helping with mangrove reforestation, assisting with beach clean-ups, and participating in a shark survey dive. You will also be able to go on an incredible shark feed dive.
The Shark Conservation Project in Fiji and our partner dive organization, Beqa Adventure Divers, are at the forefront of shark protection in Fiji. Their safety record on shark dives is 100%. There have been no shark related accidents or injuries to any divers on their shark dive trips.
The Projects Abroad Fiji Conservation Manager is also a professionally trained, experienced shark wrangler, having trained and worked in the Bahamas under the guidance of some of the most experienced shark experts in the world.
When you arrive in Fiji, you will be welcomed by our staff who will give you a full induction to the project. You will also get to meet the other volunteers in the group and will be given your itinerary for the Shark Conservation Project. All volunteers will live in same-sex dormitories that accommodate 4-6 people in each dorm.
The weekly schedule for the project runs from Monday to Friday. On the weekend, you will have the chance to trek to a nearby waterfall, try your hand at paddle boarding, or just relax on the beach. In the event of adverse weather conditions, courses and activities may need to be changed. In addition to your conservation work, you and the other High School Special volunteers will take part in various social activities such as movie nights, cultural visits, a BBQ, and more.
All High School Special volunteers should arrive in Fiji no later than 9am on Sunday morning and depart on the Saturday two weeks after your arrival.