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Wildcrafted Volunteering

Fiji

Student Volunteer Coral Gardening

Snorkelling on local coral reefs to help save the reef system after cyclone Winson and a mass, global coral bleaching epidemic.
From: £850
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Key Activities Include:
  • Volunteering coral gardening on the reef

  • Snorkeling

  • Camping

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding

  • Kayaking

"I was instantly made to feel welcome and at home. My Island Spirit adventure was truly unique and genuine, and totally unforgettable. I could not have asked for a better trip than the one provided by Island Spirit and I would love to come again." 
Eddie Kirby
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Where we will take you

Route Map

Airport
Landmarks Visited On This Trip
Brief Itinerary
  • Week One: Reef based volunteering helping to save a reef by planting coral
  • Week Two: Reef based volunteering helping to save a reef by planting coral
  • Week Three: Reef based volunteering helping to save a reef by planting coral
  • Week Four: island based relaxation, Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, camping and dune walk
Taste Of The Island

Locally cooked dishes made by the village you will stay with including:
Dalo and cassava
Bele, a local spinach;
Fresh fish cooked in coconut milk;
Roast chicken
earth oven roasts, 'lovo'
Crab,
Lobster
And even Octopus!

You will also eat some western dishes on your trip. All food is generally not spicy and portions are big!

Prices And Availability
  • Start Date
    Price
    Availability
  • 15/05/2017
    £850
    Available
  • 12/06/2017
    £850
    Available
  • 10/07/2017
    £850
    Available
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Included/Excluded
Included:
  • All tuition and guides on the volunteering project
  • Management of your £200 donation
  • Orientation and briefing at each project location
  • 24 hour dedicated guide on each project
  • All project equipment
  • Collection from the airport and chaperoned to Taveuni and sister islands
  • Domestic travel
  • Seven days at the end of the trip to unwind and discover the beauty of these stunning islands
  • Snorkeling
  • Sea kayaking
  • Jungle and dune hiking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Authentic Fijian homestay
  • A shared tent
  • Three hearty meals per day
  • Local beach lodge and bure accommodation
  • 24 hour on island support from the Director, Kirsty
  • General liability insurance
Excluded:
  • £200 per student to be fundraised and split between the projects
  • International airfare - between £850 - £1200
  • Snacks
  • Vaccinations
  • Diving
  • Extra activities and transport for them
  • If not arriving on the arrival or departure date, airport transfers
  • Visas
Accommodation Details
Activities
  • Camping in two person tents on the beach or very close by
  • Snorkeling in shallow reef as part of your volunteering and rustic escape afterwards
Detailed Itinerary
Helpful Information

Flights

We have just been doing loads of research on your behalf and found well priced return flights for all three dates:
May – 1 stop £998 | 2 stops £822 | 3 stops £780 |
June – 1 stop £998 | 2 stops £822 |
July –  1 stop £1040 | 2 stops 840 |

More about your volunteering

You will help produce a special snorkeling area to view the “super corals” that give us hope that coral reefs can survive into the future.

This unique volunteering trip is one of the first of its kind in Fiji to specialise in coral gardening.

Island Spirit has been coral gardening different locations in Fiji for four years and Dr. Bowden-Kerby has been gardening corals in Fiji for over twenty years. He is also a lead consultant on successful reef restoration projects in the Caribbean.

While colleagues of his in Florida and Hawaii are working in labs to develop fast-growing, bleaching resistant corals, Austin has taken a more direct and quickly scalable field approach: he harvests small branches from “super-corals” that have survived major bleaching events, and transplants them into hand chosen and specially located, sheltered nurseries where they grow quickly into “mother corals”.

These corals are then trimmed regularly to create second-generation bleaching-resistant “seed corals” for transplanting back to the reefs, to create diverse reef patches that can better withstand increasing ocean temperatures, creating, as he calls it “Reefs of Hope”.

A new and especially exciting aspect of Austin’s reef gardening approach, which we will be implementing, is that his restored patches of adapted corals serve to attract coral larvae which drift in from up-current reefs, accelerating natural reef recovery processes.

This is thought to be because wild spawned larvae use the scent of living corals as a signal to settle out of the water column. Newly settled corals start out as a single polyp, and they must acquire their symbiotic micro algae from the environment in order to survive.

Because the super corals transplanted to the reef contain bleaching resistant “super” algae, and because these super algae constantly leak out of the corals into the environment, the super algae have a very high chance of being taken in by the newly settled corals. Therefore, in an area that has suffered large-scale bleaching or storm damage, newly settled corals of diverse species can become super corals by acquiring super algae, simply by association with transplanted super corals!

So, by manually seeding a battered reef with small colonies of second generation super corals, both reef recovery and adaptation to a warming climate is greatly accelerated. History will be made on this voyage as we witness the formation and implementation of a workable “Reefs of Hope” strategy for Fiji’s reefs, the first of its kind in the South Pacific.

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