Fiji Journalism

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1. In Brief

The Fijian archipelago lies scattered lazily in the achingly blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, bathed in the radiant Antipodean sunlight. Its towns and villages are veritable melting pots of cultural influences – see multicoloured Hindu temples perched next to relics of the traditional indigenous spirit houses with their lingering sense of an ancient magic.

Its irresistible shores are fringed with picture-perfect palm trees, and the azure waters that surround the islands are inhabited by an astonishing array of marine creatures; over 1,200 species of fish including clown fish, trigger fish, blue tangs, 12 species of whales and dolphin, anemones, soft coral and much more. 

Enjoy fragrant sun drenched days and balmy exotic nights – try a Fijian beach party for whirling fire dancers, traditional dancing and delectable food cooked in a rustic underground oven. Fiji will enchant you with its infectious, chilled out "Fiji time" lifestyle and its heavenly beaches – the perfect paradise location for your Frontier adventure!

  

  

 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit this irresistible tropical paradise
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Experience how a newspaper or magazine is run

FAST FACTS

Location Suva, Fiji
Activities National news gathering
Researching
Lifestyle articles
Reporting on important environmental, financial, business, political, domestic & sporting news
Transport Airport pickup and internal ground transfers subject to start date, alternatively volunteers make their own way from the airport to Suva (pick up can be arranged at an additional cost)
Accommodation Homestay or upgrade to shared hostel

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation (hostel upgrades available at extra cost)
Two meals per day
Local orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
Airport pickup subject to start date
In-country transfers subject to start date

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will work closely with the other newspaper staff reporters and will be substantially involved in the intricate day to day running of either a significant English newspaper in Suva, or for a group of six magazines (2 published) which specialise in sports, fashion, weddings and travel. You may cover activities ranging from national news gathering, researching and reporting on important environmental, financial, business, political, travel, human interest stories, domestic and sporting news.

You will be encouraged to bring your own creativity and perspective to the articles you contribute to, whilst also constantly learning from professionals working alongside you. You will have the choice of either concentrating on a particular aspect of the newspaper you are interested in or work across many different elements. Wherever your goals lie, whether purely in journalism or even editing, production or advertising, this assignment has something for you. As well as all this, you will discover more about this exotic destination and its people through your work and involvement in the project.

Please note that we highly recommend you bring your own laptop to get the most out of this project, as spare computers at either of the placements can be a rarity!

Sample Itinerary*

7:00 a.m. – Breakfast at the volunteer house, prepared by the  Fijian family!

8:00 a.m. – Volunteers travel to either a magazine or newspaper offices on foot or by taxi where the day usually begins with a staff meeting where assignments for the day are given out.

1:00 p.m. – Volunteers break for a packed lunch or lunch can be purchased in town at one of the many exciting food outlets in Suva!

2:00 p.m.  -  Volunteer work at the magazine or newspaper continues for the afternoon.

5:00 p.m. – The working day comes to an end. Volunteers are free to catch up on anything, plan for the next day’s work and socialise.

6:30 p.m. – Dinner at the Volunteer house prepared by Fijian family.

7:00 p.m. - Socialising, kava ceremony, cinema, night out in Suva or weekend away!

*This itinerary should only be considered as an example of the kind of activities and timescales to expect.  Actual itineraries may vary depending on the season and the requirements of the project.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

This depends on your arrival date.  

An airport pick-up service is offered to volunteers arriving on the first and third Monday of the month only for volunteers whose flights land before 2:30pm local time.

All other volunteers must make their own way to Suva. We will provide you with easy to follow instructions prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey.

If you are arriving into Fiji before the first Monday of the month but wish to travel to the project site with the main deployment group on the first Monday of the month, the overland arrival meeting point is at Nadi international airport arrivals hall. Please make sure that your intended arrival/travel plans have been arranged and confirmed with the project field staff a minimum of 1 week before your project start date.

If you are an independent traveller arriving on any other date you are welcome to join the project on any Monday, (please discuss your intended arrival date and duration of stay with our travel advisers), and please be aware that you will need to organise your own transfer between Nadi and Suva and first night hostel accommodation in Suva at a cost of US$52/$40. Again, you must confirm you're exact arrival time/date with in country staff at least 1 week before arrival.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Your home in Fiji will be a comfortable and welcoming homestay with an hospitable Fijian family or, if you choose to upgrade, in a simple and comfortable lodge near the centre of Suva, where you will be in a single sex dorm with access to a kitchen, TV, garden, sun deck, laundry service (10 FJD for 1 bag), cold showers, linen and please note that house rules apply (an extra cost of US$126 a week applies for hostel accommodation). You will need to bring your own eating utensils or you can hire them for a FJ$10 deposit.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You'll be able to sample Fijian home-cooked meals which will be prepared for you by your host family. Some local dishes to look forward to include taro, breadfruit, sweet potato, cassava, dahl soup and rotis. A delicious Fijian speciality is a lovo feast, which is a meal cooked in a hole in the ground – unusual but very tasty.

If you are in the lodge you will prepare your own breakfast and dinner each day using supplies purchased for you by the in country staff.

HOW WILL I GET TO WORK?

Transport from your accommodation to your place of work each day will be by local bus, taxi (cost not included) or foot. 

4. The reviews

FABULOUS JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP  | 20 Nov 2015
I went to Fiji for a Media and Journalism Internship and it was fabulous. I lived in Suva for two...

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FIJI JOURNALISM PLACEMENT  | 24 Sep 2015
I only had a really small amount of time towards the end of my summer holidays and I really wante...

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THIS EXPERIENCE WILL SERVE ME WELL  | 15 Dec 2014
The best part of my internship was the opportunity to meet new people. Everyone at the Fiji Times...

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LOVING MY PLACEMENT AT THE MAGAZINE  | 4 Jul 2014
“Everything is going great!   The home stay family are fantastic and the place...

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I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND FRONTIER PROJECTS  | 13 May 2014
I took part in the Journalism Project and Teaching Project, both of which I loved.   ...

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HAD AN AMAZING TIME IN FIJI  | 24 Apr 2014
Had an amazing time in Fiji, met some amazing people and have some brilliant memories to take bac...

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FRIENDSHIP, CULTURE AND EXPERIENCE IN FIJI  | 15 Jan 2014
I decided to take part in the volunteer abroad journalism project because, having graduated from ...

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I DIDN'T WANT TO GO HOME!  | 24 Oct 2013
My name is Phoebe, I am 21 and I have recently returned from a four week project in Fiji, volunte...

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INTERVIEWING STARS IN FIJI  | 25 Jul 2012
I have been working for the Fiji sun for 3 days now and have already had a rich and exciting expe...

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A REAL FIJI EXPERIENCE  | 18 Jul 2012
Bula! I volunteered for four weeks on the Journalism Internship project at the Fiji Sun newspaper...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you can enjoy the spectacular scenery and beautiful beaches and go snorkelling in the clear blue waters of Pacific harbour, just a bus ride away. Whatever you do you'll be amazed at the Pacific Islanders' tremendous hospitality and culture. You'll quickly make friends as you play rugby, netball, and other sports with the villagers.

You can take part in traditional ceremonies, learn Fijian cooking, and learn how to weave hats in the local style, visit the hot springs or take a scuba diving course. There is also the opportunity to trek in the nearby rainforest, and bathe in natural waterfall lagoons. Please note that these activities cost extra and we encourage you to book them direct with local providers helping to support the local economy. 

Nausautoka Village Visit – Day / Weekend Trip

If you want to experience the real rural peaceful and humbling side of Fiji, outside of the City, then Frontier Fiji have a new optional once in a life time cultural excursion available for you!

Visit Nasautoka village, roughly 2 hours north of Suva, where the local community will welcome you with open arms and big smiles, including a traditional performance of a village song and dance! Be treated to the Fijian way of life; experience how they live totally self sufficiently, off the land that surrounds them.

This village trip is available as a day excursion or a weekend trip. A minumum of 4 volunteers need to book for a day trip to be scheduled. This can be booked with your Project Coordinator in country.

A day trip pragramme will include a selection of the following:

Traditional village song and dance

Bamboo Rafting across the Rewa River – don't forget to bring your swimming trunks!

A mountain hike / trek to a spectacular view– walking boots essential

Traditional prawn fishing in the Rewa River

Followed by the traditional Lovo / Bamboo cooking of the prawns – where a Fijian feast will subsequently be laid out for you to indulge! (at extra cost)

Home-stay option (for weekend trip – at extra cost)

Volunteers can book this experience directly with their homestay family or enquire with Frontier's in country Project Coordinator. Volunteers should expect to pay approximately 65FJD for a 2 day experience

Modern conveniences

Suva

  • Banks / ATMs; ANZ bank, Westpac bank
  • Bars / cafes
  • Bureau de Change
  • Cinema
  • Dentist
  • Department store
  • Hospital
  • Internet cafe
  • Laundry services
  • Mobile phone shop
  • Pay phones
  • Pharmacy
  • Post office
  • Supermarkets
  • Traditional markets and cafes
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

4 weeks US$2,745

5 weeks US$3,145

6 weeks US$3,545

7 weeks US$3,995

8 weeks US$4,395

9 weeks US$4,695

10 weeks US$4,995

11 weeks US$5,295

12 weeks US$5,595

20 weeks US$8,045

Extra week US$445

US$126 / $100 per week extra to upgrade to hostel accommodation

DEPARTURE DATES

First and third Monday of the month. 

Alternative dates available on request.

DURATION

4 weeks and longer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Basic accommodation (hostel upgrade available at extra cost)
  • Two meals per day
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup
  • Airport pickup subject to start date
  • In-country transfers subject to start date

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nadi (NAN)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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