Nadi, Yawasa Islands, Botaira Resort, Soso village
Fiji is an exotic, beautiful, and fascinating nation with unique cultural traditions; it is also often named the world’s happiest country. Our program focuses on the intersection of sustainable tourism development with service-learning, focusing specifically on a remote island resort and Fijian village. Service-learning has become a cornerstone of higher education and students graduating with an international experience in service-learning strongly improve their chances of finding employment related to their field.
After arriving in the multi-cultural city of Nadi, the following morning we travel by boat to a remote offshore island in the Yasawa chain. Here we combine a village homestay with a resort stay to experience first-hand Fijian village small island life, traditions, subsistence knowledge, and island tourism development.
A significant part of the program are a range of citizen science and service-learning projects to be undertaken in the village and resort. These projects range from ecotourism business ventures to water and environmental conservation to coral reef monitoring. During our time in Fiji there will also be opportunities for other activities such as hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and optional scuba diving, and to participate in traditional Fijian village celebrations including a sevu-sevu.
The program is open to all students from UGA and from other institutions (non-UGA students pay in-state tuition), and no prior knowledge is assumed, but is specifically designed to fit with our Maymester Australia and New Zealand program. Fiji is an easy and often low-cost stopover traveling on a ticket to or from the U.S. and the programs begin as soon as the Maymester programs conclude. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and or/download the Sample Itinerary for more information. Click here to inquire and/or apply now.