The Gold Residential Project offers Gold Award Participants unique experiences that truly broaden horizons and challenges their outlook. At the heart of the Gold Residential Project is the undertaking of purposeful experience with people who are not their usual companions, working towards a common goal! Adding to this, the young people should also be outside of their usual place of residence, often in an unfamiliar environment.
Help with community service projects while based in Fiji at a private eco-lodge. Projects may include tutoring at a local school or could take more of a construction approach. Among the meaningful work, you will be treated to beautiful beaches and rainforests, exploring them via snorkelling, zip-lining and kayaking. Our local staff will educate you in the culture, history and food of the area as you make new friends and challenge yourself. Combine a trip to Fiji and your Gold Award, you wont regret it!
Your Infuse Leaders will be eagerly awaiting your arrival in Fiji and will then take you to your private eco-lodge, the place you will call home for the next week. Get to know your group and local staff during an orientation outlining your days ahead. Experience a local welcome, during a formal sevu sevu ceremony. Participating in this traditional welcome will give you your first glimpse of the culture as you begin to build your understanding of the area. There is no welcome quite like a kava welcome. Guitars and traditional Fijian songs serenading you during sunset will have you falling in love with the place in no time.
This morning you will be given the opportunity to attend church with the locals as Sunday is a ceremonial day in Fijian culture. This day of rest gathers the whole village, so if you wish to join for a morning of singing and respectful thanks, you will borrow some traditional Fijian clothing and experience the villagers delight as they give thanks for the beautiful environment in which they live.
This afternoon you will trade the singing for high-flying zip lining through the canopies of the rainforest. Travel among the trees from platform to platform reaching speeds of 50km/h, your adrenaline pumping as you fly outside of your comfort zone.
Typically taking part in two projects each day, get ready to test yourself across a range of areas. You can expect to spend time in local schools where you might tutor students in English, be involved in sporting events, facilitate art and music classes or teach computer literacy classes to young adults. You might help a neighbour repair their roof or build a kitchen or take part in environmental projects to protect the stunning and fragile ecosystems of the area. It’s important to be open to all service project activities, keeping in mind that you will be addressing the most prominent needs of the area at the time.
Your afternoons and evenings will be spent enjoying the beauty of Fiji and all it has to offer. Activities on this trip include:
Beaches – enjoy the divine white sand beaches
Hot mud pools – Relax in warm hot pools and cover yourself in mud where warm water flows beneath the ground
Momi Historical Gunsite – this spot gives an outstanding view of the waters and nearby islands
Sigatoka sand dunes – hike over enormous sand dunes for rewarding coastal views
Local markets / retail shops – this is an opportunity to buy souvenirs that may include Fijian handicrafts
Enjoy the sun, swim in the tropical waters and snorkel Fiji’s famous underwater world, as you spend a full day island-hopping around the Mamanuca island group. You will be living the boat life from around 8:30am to 5:00pm.
To make the most of your final morning in Fiji, you will see the stunning Momi Bay coastline from your kayak, giving you one last opportunity to swim in the beautiful water. After lunch, your farewells begin as you chat through your amazing week as a group, bidding a Fijian goodbye to your local staff and program leaders. Moce (goodbye) from Fiji, come back soon!