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Fiji

Medical Placement

This is an amazing and unique medical elective, approved and registered by the Fijian Department of Health and with the agreement of the islands elders, you will provide basic health care to villages in our Wainunu bay area. We have been working in Fiji for over a decade, mostly concentrating on marine conservation in Nukubalavu. You will typically work in the land based clinic for the first week prior to moving to the Medforce Fast Response Boat.

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About Fiji
The Republic of Fiji Islands is the most populous island country in the Pacific, containing 332 volcanic and coral islands of which about a third are inhabited. The Greenforce project is based on one of those islands called Nasonisoni - it is situated just off the larger island of Vanua Levu. Vanua Levu is about 160Km from the largest island in Fiji. It is the second most populated island with major industries being coconut plantations, sugarcane and fishing. The whole area around the island (including Nasonisoni) is popular for its reefs and scuba diving adventures, archaeological sites, kayaking and hiking. Nasonisoni is largely an undeveloped island and has one major village - about 20 minutes by boat from our base. The bures (huts) are located on the beach front and are sheltered by lime, coconut and orange trees. It really is quite a remote and secluded part of this world!

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About Your Placement


There are two stages to your placement and you can choose to spend as much or as little time at each, depending on your preferences and requirements.

Hospital Placement
We aim to install volunteer Medics in multiple clinics in Savusavu and Labasa to assist local staff at the existing clinics, hospitals and/or outposts on the island. As a volunteer Medic we would expect that youd work 5 days a week and live near to the clinic or outpost in either a hostel or one of our home stay accommodations. Youd have full support and supervision from the Doctors and nurses there and would be able to get involved in many aspects of Medicine that you would expect in any UK based clinic, whilst also living on a beautiful south Pacific island!

Expeditions Medicine & Med-boat


This involves helping treat injuries and illnesses sustained by the conservation volunteers, and generally keeping an eye on the health of the camp living in fairly basic conditions in our traditional wooden huts on the crystal white sands opposite where our med boat will be moored. We have now secured approval and registration from the Department of Health, Fiji, and with the agreement of the islands elders, we will provide basic health care, to not only our village, but the initial 8 surrounding villages in our Wainunu bay area. Your medical service will provide a vital and fundamental tool to enable more of the populace Medical care within these villages. Procedures will include checkups, consultancy and any emergency eventualities that maybe needed at the time, also visits from school children, orphanages etc. This will be the first line care facility, it will be a vital, significant and memorable contribution to this remote island community; it will be a life changer.

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Time Off
At our camp, you will be joining our group of conservation volunteers and during your time off there will be plenty of opportunities to join in with their activities.

Diving & dive Training


There is some stunning dive sites in the area and youll have the chance to join the rest of the group with some diving in your time off. If you are already dive qualified, you can join anytime and after a quick refresher dive head out. If you are not qualified and would like to take part in some diving then we can provide the following PADI dive training (subject to start dates and availability). PADI Open Water PADI Advanced Open Water PADI Emergency First Response (EFR)

Generally it takes two weeks at the start of the project to get everyone qualified to EFR level. We also include all the necessary PADI textbooks & PADI registration fees so everyone will leave with their newly acquired PADI qualifications and membership cards.

Local village visits


Sunday is no dive day and you get to spend time with local villages. Sunday activities usually involve going to church, playing with the energetic children, spending time with your adopted families, eating lots of food, drinking kava and finally relaxing. Many volunteers find the time spent in the village the most rewarding of all. Saturday night is party night!! Most nights are themed so remember to bring and crazy and wacky outfits you may think suitable. There are always plenty of beach activities to get involved on Two Mile Beach or head out for a snorkel.

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Essentials
Accommodation
Whilst working with the Expedition Medic and Med-boat, participants live in traditional grass bures. The bures are under palm trees on the beach which overlook the Pacific Ocean - a stunning location. The bures are built by volunteers and locals. The roof is about 2/3 the entire size of each bure which provides ample space and keeps the inner space cool during the day. Windows and doors are also built into each bure so that a fresh breeze can constantly come through. Participants will be required to bring their own mosquito net and sleeping bag. Showers and toilets are basic and are outside. When in clinic you will be staying in our volunteer house or hostels and both have dorm style bedroom, shared bathrooms, basic but clean, fully working showers and toilets.

Meals
The diet is expedition rations based on local produce and designed to support strenuous activities on a daily basis. The food is mainly high in carbohydrates and rich in vegetables. We supply sufficient fresh, locally caught fish and meat with eggs as well to meet protein requirements. Vegetarian and vegans are easily catered for. Participants work on a rota basis to take it in turns to cook - we provide the ingredients and participants provide the manpower and recipes!

Staff
Throughout your stay, you will be supervised by a doctor and assisted by our expedition leaders.

Transportation
We will collect and drop off at the airport on the start / finish dates. We use our own boat for diving, a 21ft V-Shaped hull which is more suitable for the open water diving we do in Fiji. The boat is serviced yearly and is stocked with a supply of O2 for resuscitation in case of emergency.

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Weather
Fiji has a tropical climate and is therefore warm all year round, with daytime temperatures usually between 26C to 31C. The dry seaon is classed as March to November, and the wet season is November to March where brief but heavy downpours are common.

Fast Facts
Location: South Pacific Population: 800,000 Currency: 1 pound = 2.8 Fijian Dollars Time: 11 hours ahead of GMT Capital: Suva Fijian Flag: The Union Jack represents Fiji's links to Britain. The light blue base symbolizes the Pacific Ocean. The dove in the coat of arms symbolizes peace. Two symbols of the emblem represent Fiji's colonial past. The golden lion holding a coconut represents Britain, as does the red cross of St George of England in the middle of the emblem.

Visa
On arrival in Nadi visas will be issued at the immigration desk. Please be sure to ask for a 90-day visa, there is no charge. When you fill out your immigration form, the purpose of your visit is Tourism.

Flights
The arrival and departure airport is Labasa or Savu Savu (dependent on your start date) You are responsible for booking your own flights/transport to the start point of the expedition (at the in-country airport). Information and advice about booking flights will be provided upon booking but please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance. Do not forget to upload your flights details on your personal pages before you go! Call us if you have any questions or need any advice.

Insurance
As a member of the British Governments FCO "Know Before You Go" programme we insist you have repatriation and medical insurance. So please check that your insurance will return you to your home country in the case of any type of emergency. We also recommend your policy includes cancellation cover. If you intend to dive, it must insure you to dive down to 30m.

Medical
We require all participants to send to us a letter from their doctor confirming you are fit to participate. Full details including any inoculations required, are provided on your personal web page, once you have booked.

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Kit
Upon booking you will be provided with a recommend kit list. You will also have a kit briefing before you go out on expedition and you are welcome to call us with any kit related queries before you go!

Spending Money
Even though you will be provided with food and accommodation in-country, you will need money to do your own travelling if you wish and other social events we organise. There will be plenty of things do. Depending on the duration of your stay, we advise you to budget for $40 $80 or 30-40 a week.

CRB Check
As of August 2010 all volunteers must complete a CRB check in order to participate in any Gapforce project. Forms will be provided upon booking and must be completed before you go.

Contact Us Now!
To book your place or for more information please do not hesitate to contact one of our Greenforce Advisors on 020

7384 3028 or info@gapforce.org

We look forward to welcoming you in Fiji!

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