Volunteering in Fiji: After a few months of negotiation we are now offering volunteering in FIJI as our newest destination. This has many great advantages including inexpensive airfares (book early), short flights, a tropical island experience and of course a full range of specialist, GP, nursing and student placements. Fiji certainly has its challenges medically so here lies an opportunity to assist one of our closest and friendliest Pacific Islands neighbours.
Fiji is a tropical, friendly yet unusual place to spend some time on a volunteer project or work experience placement. Our voluntary projects in Fiji are a world away from the luxury tourist resorts which form many people’s perception of the islands. Fiji is without a doubt a beautiful place, with secluded white beaches, snorkelling, scuba diving, and fishing. Whether you are riding horses and enjoying the abundant fruits of the rainforests and coconut groves, hiking up extinct volcanoes, or sliding down natural rock water slides, you can’t help but feel you have travelled to a place preserved from the chaos of our modern world. The Fijian people are among the friendliest people you will ever meet, and their traditional song, dance, and cuisine will enchant you. We have new projects based on the second largest island of Vanua Levu. You will be working in the poorer areas which are most in need of help. Immerse yourself in the culture and learn to live on ‘Fiji time’ are an essential part of the experience of island life.
Volunteering in Fiji for Medical Professionals
The clinics provide primary health care and GPs, nurses, dentists, health educations and nutritionists are very welcome. The public hospitals welcome medical specialists, including ophthalmologists, dentists, paediatricians, OBGYN’s, general surgeons, plastic surgeons, cardiologists, nurse practitioners and anaesthetists. There are limited places available for students and medical electives.
Many health problems, such as skin diseases and cataracts that would otherwise be permanently debilitating are relatively simple to cure at the clinic. Through the generosity of medical professionals the clinic offers free medical care in a modern medical facility to rural Fijians. Patients come to the clinic which is located on Fiji’s second largest island, from all over the island (population of approximately 200,000) as well as from the mainland and nearby islands of Taveuni, Kiowa, and Rabi. The population that can be reached by the clinic is in the hundreds of thousands. Although the Fijian government works diligently to provide free medical care, specialized care is often not available or accessible, either geographically or financially. The result is many suffer acutely from debilitating, but treatable skin diseases, blindness, heart disease, various injuries, tooth decay, and more.
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