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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

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 their required work placement hours in 2018 over the course of 2 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 five of our courses 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 Counselling, Diploma of Community Services, Certificate IV in Youth Work, Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) and the Certificate IV in Disability.

Students will travel to Fiji to educate locals about health and wellness in a variety of settings. Depending on their chosen course, they will either focus on promoting healthy eating habits and physical activity through health screenings, basic counselling and community development initiatives, or they will be supporting teachers in a special education school, providing support and information workshops to carers and supporting clients participating in community activities.

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.

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.

Courses that offer workplacement in Fiji

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

The disability sector continues to grow, and working with people with disability can be a rewarding and worthwhile career.

Diploma of Counselling

Open Colleges’ CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling will train you in the most current and effective counselling ...

Diploma of Community Services

Get qualified to work in community services helping the people who need it the most and supporting them to build better live...

Certificate IV in Youth Work

Get the skills you need to make a positive impact on the lives of children and teenagers, with Open Colleges’ CHC40413...

Certificate IV in Disability

The CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability will give you the advanced care and leadership skills you need to move i...

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