Big Fiji Explorer & Changemaker

Big Fiji Explorer & Changemaker

During your two weeks of compulsory quarantine, take a deeper look into Fiji’s marine and forest ecosystems and the impact of global climate change issues on the fragile local habitat and the community of Somosomo village that depends on it. Learn about the various global and local indigenous strategies in place to protect, conserve, and restore Fiji’s environment through daily online sessions. Once you’ve cleared the quarantine protocol, we have a busy schedule of fun sightseeing, adventure, and cultural activities to make the most of your Fiji travels. Design, prototype and test a project while in quarantine and deliver the project to Somosomo village during week four of your program.

Students love the friendliness and generosity that surrounds the Fijian culture!

2021 Departure Dates

June 15 – July 14, 2021 Available Enroll Now
Program Profile
  • Country:
  • Department:
    Students
  • Duration:
    30 Days
  • Ages:
    14-18
  • Cost:
    $9,995 plus Airfare
  • Service Hours:
    14
  • At-A-Glance:

    Accomodation Amenities

    Adventure/Physicality

    Educational Activities

    On-Program Travel

Program Profile
  • Country:
  • Department:
    Students
  • Duration:
    30 Days
  • Ages:
    14-18
  • Cost:
    $9,995 plus Airfare
  • Service Hours:
    14
  • At-A-Glance:

    Accomodation Amenities

    Adventure/Physicality

    Educational Activities

    On-Program Travel

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.

Carry-On

A school backpack or similar sized bag is ideal. You will be repacking into smaller bags for the different legs of the trip, so ensure your carry on bag will be sufficient for packing 2-4 days’ worth of items at a time.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Journal and pens
  • Book
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Any relevant Scuba Diving certifications
  • Small backpack or overnight bag (if not already using as carry-on)
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
Checked Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

Clothes

  • Socks (6-8)
  • Underwear (10-12)
  • Pants/capris (2-3)
  • Long service shorts
  • Long skirt (2-3)
  • Tank Tops (3-5)
  • T-shirts (6-8)
  • Long sleeved shirt (2-3)
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (1-2)
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

Toiletries

(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam ear plugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream

Other (Required)

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Reusable facemasks (enough for the full program length)
  • Work gloves
  • Sleeping bag (35 degrees and up)
  • Headlamp/flashlight
Important Reminders
  • Visas for students traveling on U.S. passports will be issued upon arrival. Make sure you check that you are in Fiji on “Holiday” when you fill out the customs and immigration form on the plane.
  • Leggings DO NOT count as long shorts. Long shorts must be loose fitting, like basketball shorts, or cargo shorts.
  • You will be receiving a “sulu,” a traditional Fijian sarong, when you arrive!
  • Students must bring additional hand sanitizer and one disposable mask per day of the program, or three hand-washable masks.