Shark Conservation in Fiji
Short-term Projects for 16-19 Year Olds
- Placement location: Coral Coast, Viti Levu
- Types of placement: Diving and conservation work
- Accommodation: Same sex dormitories
- Age Requirements: 16-19 years old
If you are interested in joining a Shark Conservation project and want to live on one of the most beautiful islands in the world then this project is perfect for you.
When you arrive at the coral coast, you will be welcomed by our staff who will give you a full induction to the project. Here you will get to meet the other volunteers in the group and be given your itinerary for the Shark Conservation programme. All volunteers will live in same sex dormitories that accommodate 4-6 people in each dorm.
The first week of your programme will focus on your dive course. Those with no prior certification will do the PADI Open Water course. Those who already have their Open Water certification will do their Advanced Open Water. All volunteers will also take part in a Shark Conservation Diver Course.
Week two will focus more on the scientific research, such as observing the scientists catch and tag juvenile sharks, helping with mangrove reforestation, beach clean-ups with school children and participating in a shark survey dive. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to go on the incredible shark feed dive.
The Fiji Shark Conservation Project and our partner dive organisation, Beqa Adventure Divers are at the forefront of shark protection in Fiji. Their safety record on shark dives is 100%. There have been no shark related accidents or injuries to any divers on their shark dive trips.
The Projects Abroad Fiji Conservation Manager is also a professionally trained, experienced shark wrangler, having trained and worked in the Bahamas under the guidance of some of the most experienced shark experts in the world.
After your two weeks, you will return home with a universally recognised diving qualification and some incredible stories to tell. In addition to the conservation work, you will take part in various social activities such as movie nights, cultural visits, a BBQ, and more.
The weekly schedule for the Shark project runs from Monday to Friday. On the weekend you will have the chance to trek to a nearby waterfall, try your hand at paddle boarding, or just kick back and relax on the beach. In the event of adverse weather conditions, courses and activities may need to be altered.
All volunteers should arrive in Fiji no later than 9am Sunday morning and depart on the Saturday, two weeks after your arrival.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Every year, thousands of Short-term Special volunteers actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work. If you want to know more about their achievements, read our 2016 Short-term Specials Impact Report.