Volunteer Nutrition Projects in Fiji
- Placement locations: Nadi
- Role: To work within local village communities addressing the main health issues facing the people of Fiji
- Types of placements: Community-based
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Projects Abroad Fiji has developed a Nutrition, Health and Wellness programme working with village communities in Fiji in order to tackle some of the main health issues that have resulted from poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle.
The prevalence of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), in particular diabetes and heart disease, amongst adults in the Pacific Region is one of the highest in the world, according to the World Health Organisation. These diseases cause up to 80% of all deaths in Fiji, therefore this project adopts a practical hands-on approach that focuses on working directly with the Fijian people at a grass roots level.
This project is based in villages near to Nadi, which is on the west coast of Viti Levu. No experience is needed for the Nutrition project, except an interest in healthy living and making a real difference, so you can get involved as part of a gap year, career break or extended holiday. This project may also interest pre-medical students who are looking to gain experience in an alternative field of medicine.
Volunteering in Fiji on the Nutrition Project
The Nutrition project takes a holistic approach to tackling all aspects of NCDs, to include identifying health issues, education and empowering people to take better care of themselves and their families.
Every volunteer will be involved in the health screening process, targeting the four key modifiable behavioural risk factors (tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and the harmful use of alcohol), which increase the risk of developing NCDs. Based on the results you will devise a 21-day health and wellness challenge programme, to meet the needs of the individuals.
Volunteers on this placement will have the chance to conduct workshops on diet and nutrition, run exercise classes and give healthy cooking demonstrations to the local villagers.
Your Role as a Volunteer on the Nutrition Project
As a volunteer on the Nutrition project you will be able to help people from the rural communities in Fiji who do not have easy access to healthcare and health education. The main focus of the project is to assist villages competing for a nutrition award. Our local staff have chosen three low-income communities to participate: Saravi, Nakavu, and Navakai.
During your time abroad, you will work closely with these villages, helping each one follow a set of procedures to reach their goal of improved health and wellness. Each step below represents a weekly visit by interns and staff:
- Health screening
- Analysis, presentation, and action planning
- Implementation and monitoring of action plan
- Action plan activities
- Secondary screening / action plan activities
- Review of screening and action plan / action plan activities
- Implementation of reviewed action plan / action plan activities
- Reviewed action plan activities
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.