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Complete your work placement in Fiji!

Open Colleges have partnered with Action for Children and the Aged (ACATA) Australia to offer students of the Diploma of Counselling the opportunity to complete their required work placement hours in 2019 over the course of 2 weeks in Fiji.

You’ll volunteer in Fijian communities by conducting public health screenings, promoting healthy eating habits and physical activity through basic counselling and providing outreach counselling on smaller Fijian islands.

Next project dates will be from the Monday 4th March 2019 to Friday 15th March 2019​.​

Please note the Expression of Interest form must be received by Monday 14th January 2019.

The project

Diploma of Counselling students now have the opportunity to participate in a work placement experience of 160 hours in Fiji.

You will be participating as volunteers in Fijian communities in programs coordinated by ACATA Australia. You will be supervised by an approved Workplace Supervisor and assessed during the placement by an Open Colleges Workplace Assessor who will also attend each project.

ACATA (Action for Children and the Aged) Australia

ACATA (Action for Children and the Aged) Australia is a leading leading registered charity and non-profit organisation in health literacy and behaviour change programs in Fiji.

ACATA has a strong network and trusted reputation: working in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Diabetes Fiji, Corporate, Town Councils & Health NGOs (local & international) to deliver innovative, evidence based behaviour change programs in schools, villages & communities.

Register your interest now

Frequently asked questions
  • Yes, you may want to extend your stay, however, you will be responsible for your own accommodation and travel arrangements before or after work placement. Your homestay is for a total of 14 nights only.

  • No, this will be organised by ACATA for the period of work placement. You will be placed with an Indo-Fijian family who will provide you with homestyle accommodation within 5km of the project location and nutritional Fijian Indian food at a cost of $1150. This is payable to ACATA on the due date to confirm your position in the project. You may however choose to stay in a hotel on the weekends which you will be responsible for booking and paying for.

  • During work placement you will be part of the student group and accommodation will be organised in Nadi.

  • Students are responsible for booking their own flights to and from Fiji. ACATA will organise for you to be picked up on arrival and taken to your designated homestay.

  • Your passport must have at least 6 months currency after your scheduled departure date from Fiji.

  • If you are travelling on an Australian Passport, you do not require a visa to enter Fiji.
    If travelling on another passport, please refer to the Fiji High Commission website.
  • Yes, you will need to arrange your own travel insurance. Open Colleges only covers your insurance whilst you are undertaking work placement activities.
  • Yes, you will be required to pay the full cost of your homestay accommodation ($1150 for two weeks which also includes a project t-shirt) on the due date to confirm your place on the project.
  • This is optional. There is no vaccination certificate required for direct travel from Australia. However, it is best to check with your local doctor. Due to moderate risk or the presence of some diseases, vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Influenza are recommended.
  • Yes, you will complete 160 hours of work placement, providing you successfully complete all requires tasks and activities, including: planning and preparation prior to departure, placement during your stay in Fiji and then review and evaluation of the project upon your return to Australia.
  • Nadi is one of the largest towns and most visitors’ first stop on Fiji, Nadi is a culturally diverse city of 30,000. Nadi Beach is a wide strand, perfect for lazing in the sun and watching sunsets. Nearby Natadola Beach is Fiji’s most spectacular and is popular for swimming and body surfing. Options for evening trips to nearby beach. Other places to visit in Nadi include Sri Siva Subramaniya, the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere, the Sleeping Giant orchid gardens, mud pool and Waqadra Botanical Gardens.

    There are a huge range of tours and activities in close proximity to Nadi, allowing you to explore the nearby Yasawas and Mamanucas. For some adventure try scuba diving, snorkelling or hiking, or head to Denarau Island, which is a bus ride away and experience the glamour of top rated hotels in the world. Nadi has a good selection of shops selling clothing, books, jewellery and souvenirs. This is also a good place to stock up on electronic items such as memory cards for digital cameras.

    As a major tourist hub, Nadi offers a wide range of places to eat and drink, no matter your tastes or budget. You’ll find a mix of traditional Fijian, Indian, Chinese and Western dishes, and a vast array of affordable eateries downtown.

Please note: Open Colleges requires a minimum of 12 successful applicants for the project to go ahead. Applicants’ places are not secured until they have received confirmation of the outcome of their Expression of Interest submissions. If maximum spots are filled, students may be asked to postpone application to the next available intake date, if there is one. Program is subject to change at any time and may be discontinued for future intakes. Eligibility criteria applies – please download Expression of Interest form for more information.