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  • Locations: Suva, Fiji
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Maymester, Spring, Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: GVI 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 10/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Maymester 2025 01/01/2025 02/15/2025 TBA TBA
Fall 2025 03/15/2025 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Culture, Entrepreneurship, Internships, Sociology, Tourism Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Hotel, Independent Housing, Residence Hall Program Type: Field Study, Internship Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteer Abroad
Program Description:
Fiji Community Development Internship
Immerse yourself in the local culture and contribute to community development projects in the South Pacific.Assist with implementation of livelihood strategies to protect the environment for the benefit of future generations of the Dawasamu district. As an intern on this program, you will be helping to set up income-generating initiatives to encourage longer term economic sustainability in the local community.

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Program Focus 
This program offers you the opportunity to get involved in a host of community development initiatives, such as fresh water management, education enrichment, environmental monitoring and mapping, income generation, waste management, health awareness, women’s empowerment and sustainable agriculture practice.

The goals and priorities of this internship are discussed and determined in collaboration with the local communities of the Moturiki and Dawasamu District. The core focus areas of the program include WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) promotion, health & nutrition, income generation, education enrichment and empowerment, and environmental management & protection. Our short-term internship aims to assist villagers in adapting their livelihoods in response to the changing pressures on traditional life due to both environmental and social change. GVI focuses on empowering communities by actively engaging in important issues involved with the factors that inform their quality of life, such as access to fresh water, access to education, food security, and options for income generation.

Interns will be based in Silana Village in the Dawasamu District of Fiji situated among the forests and a mountainous backdrop. You will be working alongside the local community and contributing to development initiatives in the region. The dramatic Fijian landscape is defined by sweeping volcanic hillsides, dense jungle, fresh water waterfalls, extensive beaches and colorful coral reefs.

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Program Highlights
  • Improve your employability by gaining practical experience in the field.
  • Contribute to general community education initiatives.
  • Earn your GVI ILM Leadership Development certificate, a qualification recognised by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).
  • Get involved with education and capacity training with the locals.
  • Develop workshops for the promotion of the sustainability of the community.
If applying for this program to obtain credit from an institution, GVI can supply learning outcomes and support in the application. 

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