PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current restrictions on international travel, Fiji work placements are on hold indefinitely
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 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 goal setting.
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 supported during the placement by Open Colleges trainers who will also attend each project.
ACATA (Action for Children and the Aged) Australia
ACATA Australia is a 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.
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.
No, during work placement you will be part of the student group and homestay accommodation will be organised in Nadi. You may however have friends or family join you prior to the project starting or after it is completed.
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.
You will need to arrange your own travel insurance and provide details of this. Open Colleges only covers your insurance whilst you are undertaking work placement activities.
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.
To ensure your safety we ask students to provide a medical certificate stating they are fit for travel and participating in physical activities. These can involve (but are not limited to):
- Travelling 4 hours + in an aircraft (depending on what state travelling from)
- Working outside in high temperatures and humidity
- Taking part in physical activities with school students and young people such as yoga, zumba, soccer and volleyball (though these could be optional)
- Possibly standing on feet for up to 2 hours plus when health screening (though may be able to sit during some of this)
- Sitting on the ground ideally with legs crossed (kava ceremony)
- Carrying some equipment (up to 5kgs)
- Walking up to 2 to 4 kms a day, mainly in the villages
- Getting in and out of small vans
- Managing fall hazards i.e. uneven pathways, steps, uneven ground, etc.
You will be responsible for getting yourself to and from our central meeting and finishing point each day. Partcipants often walk, catch buses ($1.15 per trip) or share the cost of a taxi ($1 to $5 depending on distance and the numer sharing). ACATA takes responsibility for picking you up at the airport and taking you to your homestay. All transport requirements during project hours will be provided by ACATA. Due to time and day differences in return flights to Australia students are responsible for getting themselves to the airport.
You will complete all work placement hours, providing you successfully complete all required tasks and activities, including: planning and preparation prior to departure, placement during your stay in Fiji and then the evaluation of the project upon your return to Australia. If you are unable to attend any part of the project you will be required to make up the hours, these activities will be negotiated with Open Colleges staff.
- You are strongly advised to buy a local sim card and use a local number to effectively communicate with your family in Australia, your work supervisor or host family. Sim cards are available for free from the Vodafone office at Nadi Airport. A $25 recharge would buy you free local calls and 2GB data for your devices. A call to Australia is only 20 cents per minute when you use the 01 prefix rather than +61
- Alternatively, you may choose to use your own phone plan on data roaming
- Yes, as you will have some free time in the evenings and on weekends. As a major tourist hub and a culturally diverse city of 30,000 people Nadi tourist activities include beaches, island day and weekend trips, a Hindu temple, botanical and orchid gardens, zip lining and mud baths.
- 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 15 and a maximum of 18 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. After enrolling in your course, you'll be sent an email informing you of upcoming project dates and how to apply, if applicable.