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Fiji Work Placement Experience

Fiji Work Placement Experience

Make a difference in the Fijian community
Make a difference in the Fijian community

/ Fiji Work Placement Experience

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current restrictions on international travel, Fiji work placements are on hold indefinitely


Open Colleges, together with Action for Children and the Aged (ACATA) Australia, have been working hard to promote change in Fijian communities

Action for Children and the Aged (ACATA) Australia is a registered charity and NGO advocating Health & Wellness in Fiji through villages, schools, corporate and communities. Open Colleges have partnered with ACATA to offer students the opportunity to complete some of their required work placement hours over the course of two weeks in Fiji.

What it means to the people of Fiji

We have partnered with ACATA – a leading registered charity and non-profit organisation in health literacy and behaviour change programs in Fiji – to offer students in our Diploma of Community Services course the opportunity to complete a two-week work placement in Fiji.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of our students and the program has already had fantastic success to-date, positively impacting the lives of over 1,000 Fijians per project!


How does it work?

The program is open to students in the Diploma of Community Services course.

Students will travel to Fiji to participate in a range of community services, education and engagement activities including physical activity and healthy eating, providing support and information workshops to carers, supporting teachers in a special education school, and working with clients participating in community activities. Living in homestay arrangements, students enjoy an immersive experience working with a diverse mixture of clients and service providers.

It's a great way for students to build their skills in a real-life setting and give back to the communities that need our help the most.

Want to learn more?

Speak to one of our Enrolment Consultants about this incredible initiative today by calling 1300 030 335.

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. 

From the blog

Ready to make a change in the world

3,718kms from the safety and comfort of her own Whitsundays home, Lucy found herself finally living the dream that she had held for most of her life – making a real difference in the world.

Her journey began nearly two years ago, when she came across Open Colleges’ online Diploma of Community Services, which went on to lead her all the way to the warm sun and sea-kissed shores of Fiji.

“I was in a time in my life where I just felt I really didn’t know where I was going,” she said, adding “I felt that I had a lot to give, and I didn’t feel I had much in my life to give it to, until I came across community services. I thought it would be an opportunity to give back and make a difference,” she said.

In a couple of hours, she was enrolled. In less than two years, she would find herself standing on the shores of Fiji as part of a two-week Open Colleges’ community services work placement with Open Colleges and ACATA Australia.

Returning from her work placement, Lucy was inspired. She arrived on Australian soil with one module left in her Diploma, and more committed to a career in community services than ever before.

“When I walked away (from Fiji), other than it being one of the most rewarding experiences in my life, I found that it really reinforced that yes, I do want to work in community services,” she said.

“I got a feel of what it was like. In good ways and in bad. Community services isn’t always going to be easy. It can also be a struggle and be overwhelming. But it can change lives and be so rewarding at the same time. My work placement showed me that I really do want to work on projects, helping disadvantaged communities within Australia. I want to do what I can to make a difference in people’s lives. You really can make such a difference,” she added.

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