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Fiji Journalism

Bring your creativity and initiative to a major English magazine in Suva and learn all the essential skills needed for a budding journalist.

Prices from $295

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 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
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)
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.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will work closely with the magazine staff and will be substantially involved in the day to day running of a significant English magazine in Suva. You may cover activities ranging from national news gathering, researching and reporting on important environmental, financial, business, political, personal interest, 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 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!

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Sample Itinerary*

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

8:00 a.m. – Volunteers travel to the magazine 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 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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

An airport pick-up service is offered to volunteers arriving on the first Monday of the month only, whose flights land before 2:30pm local time. All other volunteers must make their own way to the project site. 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.

 

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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 $102 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. 

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Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

THIS EXPERIENCE WILL SERVE ME WELL  | 13 Aug 2018
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  | 25 Jul 2018
“Everything is going great!   The home stay family are fantastic and the place...

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I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND FRONTIER PROJECTS  | 11 Jul 2018
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  | 4 Jul 2018
Had an amazing time in Fiji, met some amazing people and have some brilliant memories to take bac...

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AWESOME TIME  | 17 Jun 2018
Had an awesome time on a really well organised project by an organization that made ever...

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EXCEEDED ALL MY EXPECTATIONS  | 3 Jun 2018
I have had the best four weeks of my life. The Frontier staff made me feel so welcome from the st...

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Once in a lifetime experience turns into new life!  | 15 May 2018
Arriving into Nadi airport, the first thing to hit was obviously the heat! Over 30 hours of trave...

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More than just a Tourist  | 29 Apr 2018
Arriving in Fiji I was greeted with a very warm welcome, both from the group of musicians playing...

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FABULOUS JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP  | 1 Apr 2018
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  | 18 Mar 2018
I only had a really small amount of time towards the end of my summer holidays and I really wante...

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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

COSTS

4 weeks $1,295

5 weeks $1,645

6 weeks $1,895

7 weeks $2,145

8 weeks $2,395

9 weeks $2,595

10 weeks $2,845

11 weeks $3,045

12 weeks $3,245

20 weeks $4,945

Extra week $295

Christmas week $295

$102 / $100 per week extra to upgrade to hostel accommodation

DEPARTURE DATES

First Monday of the month. 

Alternative dates available on request.

DURATION

4 weeks and longer  

CHRISTMAS OFFER

This project is available for the special price of $255 per week over the Christmas period.  Placements starting on the 24th or 31st of December 2018 are eligible for this price, subject to availability.  Please apply using the orange button below and then tell your volunteer advisor that you wish to take part over Christmas.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)

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
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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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