UCL Study Abroad is delighted to announce a new partnership with Think Pacific to offer volunteering opportunities to UCL students in Fiji!
Launching in 2018/19, students from UCL will have the chance to volunteer with Think Pacific in rural Fijian schools, implementing education, health and
sports development initiatives in partnership with the Fijian Ministry
of Education, Ministry of Health & Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Volunteers will undertake a multifaceted timetable, which will include assisting local teachers within rural primary or secondary schools, organising one to one tuition for students highlighted for additional support, assisting to establish kindergarten programmes, advancing extra-curricular activities and sustainable youth clubs, providing advocacy in areas of health and hygiene, nutrition or environmental issues as well as implementing grass roots sports development initiatives, which include introducing daily PE classes, coaching children’s team and sports outreach.
About Think Pacific
In partnership with the Fijian Government, Think Pacific has been delivering volunteering projects in Fiji since 2009. Over the last eight years, over 3000 participants have joined the volunteer teams, with large numbers of students joining the programme from UK universities.
Watch the video below to find out more about Think Pacific:
The cost of the one-month programme is £1295. Students are encouraged to fundraise over the course of the year to reach this target. Think Pacific will provide resources and guidance to participants to assist in this effort. The programme fee does not cover flight costs, but eligible participants are encouraged to apply to the Global Experience Bursary for additional support. Please note that the Global Experience Bursary will only provide a contribution to your costs.
How to apply
To apply, you will have to complete a short online application. Following submission of the online application, Think Pacific will contact you to arrange a phone call so one of the team can have a chat with you about your application and discuss the programme in greater depth.
Think Pacific at UCL
Think Pacific held two information sessions for students in November. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the presentation here.
Aslam Bin Norhan from Psychology and Language Sciences participated in the programme over the summer of 2018. Watch his testimonial and hear about his experiences in Fiji below:
This is our first international volunteering partnership, but we anticipate that we will add to this in future. In the meantime, if you are considering an alternative international volunteering opportunity, the Volunteering Service has some advice and useful links
to get you started.