Safety is a good question, and a matter we take very seriously. The Fijian Islands were actually chosen as our destination because of the security of the location.
VESA staff members meet the designated Group Flight at the arrival hall of the airport, where they are accompanied to our hostel and then on to the village. Our VESA staff members are with the volunteers in the tiny village overnight and the whole group stay in the same village together. There are two to three volunteers per home stay. Our directors and staff are very familiar with the village and villagers and all homes have been checked and provided with bedding etc for our group.
The students are supervised and accompanied on all volunteer work, activities, overnight accommodation and in country transportation by a VESA rep.
As with all our programs, safety of our participants is our #1 priority.
We are aware that for some of our participants this may be their first experience abroad or even away from their families. Should you have any queries or need any assistance while on program there will always be someone nearby to help and you should not hesitate to ask any question at all. We are definitely there to make our volunteers have the best possible experience.
VESA closely monitors all political, civil and environmental situations in Fiji. Should we deem that the area is unsafe for travel we will readjust the program accordingly.
Please visit your government’s travel website for further information on travelling conditions throughout the South Pacific.