Make your Holiday count #Vinakafiji
Vinaka Fiji volunteering experiences gives you the opportunity to combine your holiday with a way to genuinely 'give back' and lend a hand to Fiji's Yasawa Islanders.
Anyone who can give some time and effort can really dig in and make a difference. Run by the Vinaka Fiji Yasawa Trust Foundation, the experiences have been developed to help the people of the Yasawa Islands achieve access to the basic necessities of life. This includes helping them secure water, power, education and health care. There is also a focus on marine conservation.
The 'Vinaka Fiji' communities
Despite the natural beauty of the Yasawas, the 27 villages dotted throughout the islands are living below world standards of health and poverty. The people that call these islands home live far from the 'paradise' that first meets the eye. They struggle with severe shortages of clean drinking water, little to no health care, poor nutrition, a lack of educational support and supplies, inadequate power and no sustainable way for life for the future.
Who is Vinaka Fiji?
The Vinaka Fiji Yasawa Trust Foundation was set up in 2010 to help villages in the Yasawa Islands establish access to basic needs and amenities through fundraising and volunteering programs. The Trust works directly with Yasawa Island communities so villagers are active in determining their own needs and participate in the planning and implementation of projects. All areas of development are designed to have low environmental impact, with sustainability a key to the future.
Yasawa Islands Holidays involvement
Yasawa Islands Holidays is a major sponsor of Vinaka Fiji. The Yasawas were largely isolated from Fiji's tourism industry until we took our maiden voyage into the islands in 2002. The team at Yasawa Islands Holidays worked closely with the local village Ratus (chiefs) to ensure the arrival of tourists would be beneficial, not detrimental, to the islanders' way of life.
It soon became clear that something needed to be put in place to assist these villages and help travellers give something back to the islanders who welcome them so warmly. So, we helped to set up Vinaka Fiji. The name 'Vinaka Fiji' was chosen to reflect Yasawa Islands Holidays and our tourists saying 'thank you' ('vinaka') for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful islands.
Since the start of Vinaka Fiji, we have donated in excess of $60,000 per annum to the cause.
We continue to donate FJ$10 for every booking of 4 nights or more to Vinaka Fiji and offer our support in many more ways.
How to book
Talk to the Yasawa Islands Holidays team about booking a volunteering experience.
How you can help
Volunteering is a huge help, but also a really big commitment and not something that everyone is able to do. You can also lend a hand through secure online donations.