Join us in the Fiji Islands to assist in efforts to close the gender gap between men and women! By supporting women in society and giving them access to equal opportunities such as an education, jobs and health care, everyone benefits. Infant mortality rates go down, more children stay in school, incomes increase and the cycle of poverty can be broken. By volunteering on
with GVI, you will join a dedicated team of international volunteers assisting on sustainable and invaluable women’s empowerment initiatives.
Fiji is a developing island nation with the majority of its population living in rural areas on
the two main islands. Households in these areas are typically patriarchal, with women being generally treated as subservient to men. This perception has led to women not being viewed as “breadwinners” and thus less able to access resources and economic self-sufficiency. With 31% of the Fijian population living in poverty, investing in girls can help stop the cycle. An extra year of primary school education can increase a girl's eventual wages by 10-20%, while an extra year of high school adds 15-25%.
Through our empowerment initiatives in Dawasamu, we aim to create gender equality by hosting alternative income workshops, supporting education centres
and schools to improve local literacy rates and educating women on a variety of health topics such as prenatal care to help them take better care of not only themselves but their families as well.
Contribute to impactful
and sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives; visit idyllic traditional Fijian villages and be immersed in the Fijian way of life; exploring all that Fiji has to offer; island hopping; hiking to waterfalls; dolphin watching; scuba diving; snorkelling, traditional ceremonies; relaxing on beautiful beaches; climbing volcanoes; enjoying breath-taking
scenery; meeting inspirational people; making new friends and make a serious difference in the lives of girls and women in the local community.
I worked with GVI as a volunteer every summer from 2006 to 2012 and had the opportunity to take part in most inspiring projects where GVI is promoting community development and sustainable livelihoods. Although GVI has been involved in different projects in different continents, all of them were designed to be holistic and focus on people’s needs and resources. This integrated conception of development caught my attention from the beginning, and has taught me that education sits at the center of all efforts to enhance the resilience of fragile communities all over the world.