Contribute to the good health of the locals of Fiji. Because they mostly live in villages, they have little or no knowledge of hygiene or of a balanced and nutritious diet. This leads to a wide range of diseases, like high blood sugar, cholesterol, hypertension etc.
This healthcare education initiative is in its infancy and requires the skills of both established medical and healthcare professionals and those who are interested in teaching basic first-aid and personal hygiene. Come and make a difference while enjoying the “home to happiness” islands!
If you’re interested in educating simple hygiene techniques, you are welcome to join the Healthcare Education project. Medical professionals who can offer guidance on the project’s development would be immensely valuable, however it is not imperative that participants have a medical background to join. As a participant of this project, you can support to run healthcare campaigns in local schools around Sigatoka, actively teach the importance of basic hygiene – emphasize brushing teeth correctly, washing hands and general body cleanliness.
Many of the daily routines that we carry out without thinking are not common practices with the children you will meet, but starting simple education early can go a long way for immediate and future healthcare.
If you have a medical background, check-up clinics for local children and adults can be organized with your help.
During the first half of the day in the morning, a local doctor will meet you and explain to you all the various medical aspects as well as the medical needs of the local community. Later you will then be taken to the local government schools and take part in awareness campaign, health and hygiene teaching to the children of various ages, first aid teaching, and many more health and medical related programs which will be conducted for the children everyday.
Once a month, in alliance with the local team of doctors, a general health check-up camp will be organized by us for the benefit of villagers. Free medicines and treatment will be made available to all.
The work plan will be confirmed again every Friday. This is not an internship, but you will get work experience on this project. The program can be changed depending on requirements and local conditions. The working time will be around 5 to 6 hours a day. Your weekends and evenings are free, leaving you time for relaxing, travelling and sightseeing.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD:
Your accommodation may vary depending on project, but it will be in a form of a pleasant and cosy volunteer centre, with other volunteers, all contributing to keeping the home neat and tidy. You’ll share a dorm-style room with it’s own bathroom. During the week you will be provided with three meals a day, and over weekends 2 meals a day. These will consist of traditional Fijian style dishes.
Wi-Fi / Internet: There is Wi-Fi on site, so you’ll be able to keep up with emails with friends and family back home.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT
- An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience this amazing culture first-hand!
- New language skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
- The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
- An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
- An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
- Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
- Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
- And best of all … an unforgettable experience!