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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:
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Program Type: Field Study, Internship Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteer Abroad
Program Description:
Fiji Coral Reef Ecology and Conservation Internship (short-term)
Develop your professional leadership skills while working on coral reef ecology and conservation initiatives in Caqalai, Fiji. Over 40% of all coral species can be found in Fiji. This internship, which also gives you a formal qualification in leadership, provides the perfect opportunity to assist in coral reef preservation and conservation initiatives. Explore the island of Caqalai where you will have the opportunity to work on protecting its unique coral reef ecosystem.
Fiji Marine Conservation
Project Focus
Very few people are aware that the first of over 2000 coral species appeared over 500 million years ago. It is difficult to comprehend that in as little as the next thirty years, all discovered corals could be gone. There has never been a more important time for global conversation around the stagnation of the coral population and the issue is not something that is going to go away without decisive action. On this program, you will have the unique opportunity to work on protecting the coral reef ecosystem on Caqalai island, as well as participating in local conservation initiatives, as coordinated by our team on the ground, in conjunction with local partnerships. We work closely with the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network and other local NGOs in order to help facilitate the best ways to assist the community in achieving their sustainability goals.

This program contains a combination of diving and snorkeling expeditions, with extensive training provided by our team of scientists, research divers, dive instructors, and members of the local community. Expect to engage with presentations and workshops with a focus on coral reef ecology and other marine life forms, as you expand your knowledge around the topic and learn as much as possible during your time with the GVI team. Earn your GVI ILM Leadership Development certificate, a qualification recognised by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). This not only enhances your experience in the field but sets you up to apply for jobs within the conservation sector upon completion of the program.

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Fiji is an archipelago of over 300 islands located in the Pacific Ocean. This destination offers more than the classic island paradise experience. Yes, it has long stretches of pearly white beaches lined with palm trees and a warm, clear and blue-tinted sea. But its waters are home to nearly half of the world's known coral species. This makes for endlessly fascinating diving and snorkelling experiences among its polychromatic underwater wonderlands. The country is also a leader in sustainability and ecotourism, effectively managing its natural resources and economically benefiting from this investment. By volunteering in Fiji, you’ll be able to experience the natural abundance of Pacific environments while learning how to best preserve them.

Program Highlights
  • Travel to one of the most exotic locations in the world, as you immerse yourself in the enchanting South Pacific Ocean.
  • Assist with coral reef research, data tracking and sharing with local partners.
  • Earn your GVI ILM Leadership Development certificate, a qualification recognised by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).
  • If staying 8 weeks or longer you will complete your Biological Survey Techniques training and qualification.
  • Engage and learn from locals on the small island of Caqalai, along with your fellow international volunteers.
  • Kickstart your career in marine conservation with hands on, practical experience in the field.
  • Participate in daily dives and snorkeling expeditions, submerging yourself into the vast, blue waters of Fiji.
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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