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Fiji Medical Course Credit Internship

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Fiji Medical Course Credit Internship

Embarking on an internship abroad is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable practical skills and course credit in one’s field of study while experiencing full immersion in a novel culture.

Prices from US$2,495

A multitude of Frontier volunteers and interns are University or College students undertaking academic study. Why not make the most of your time abroad by adding volunteer experience to your resume as well as gaining academic course credit in your field of study. This internship will give you the opportunity to gain relevant work experience that will not only enable you to stand out to prospective employers but will also save you time and money; after all, a minimum of 4 weeks spent volunteering during your summer vacation works out a lot cheaper than another semester at College!

So how does it work? Volunteers can arrange with their academic institution to gain transferrable course credit by participating in our field programmes. Our research team both in our London Headquarters and overseas field staff will liaise with your academic course supervisors on your behalf to ensure that your participation contributes to your academic performance and confers course credits. Further to this, we are able to sign supporting documentation, verify your participation and provide mentoring and in-country support. To sum up, Frontier will be there for you every step of the way!

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.

Fiji's 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 clownfish, triggerfish, blue tangs, 10 species of shark, 12 species of whales, dolphins, turtles, anemones, soft coral and much more.

Enjoy fragrant sun drenched days and warm nights of delectable food cooked in a traditional underground oven. Fiji will enchant you with its infectious, chilled out "Fiji time" lifestyle, its heavenly beaches and surrounding mountains of rainforest– the perfect paradise location for your Frontier adventure! 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • We will tailor your internship to fulfill university/college requirements for independent study or course credit for your field of study 
  • 24/7 supervision and mentoring 
  • Direct liaison between with your mentor and university or college tutor
  • Your mentor can also provide a College reference at the end of your internship

It is possible to gain Course Credits in the following fields of study:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Coaching 
  • Coral Reef Conservation 
  • Community Health
  • Conservation Biology
  • Construction
  • Ecology
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Healthcare
  • Health Education
  • Journalism
  • Languages
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Mammal Conservation
  • Medical Placements
  • Teaching
  • Tropical Forest Conservation 
  • Tropical Wildlife Conservation 
  • Wildlife Management

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Intermediate level of English
  • Introduction to your Course Supervisor
  • Criminal background check (DBS)
  • Medical form

FAST FACTS

Location Viti Levu, Fiji
Activities Shadow doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in the field
Raise awareness within communities of critical medical and health related issues
Assist with medical outreach programmes addressing family planning and HIV/AIDS
Assist with patient care and record vital signs 
Work in hospital laboratories, assist with medical administration
Transport Airport pickup (subject to arrival date)
Accommodation Homestay (hostel upgrade available at extra cost)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

 

Before you go

Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

 

In-country Airport pickup & transfer to Suva (subject to arrival date)
Two meals per day
Basic accommodation (hostel upgrade available at extra cost)
Local orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
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?

This is a fantastic opportunity for medical students and those interested in the medical field to develop hands-on experience and learn about the running of community hospitals and medical clinics in Fiji.

As a Frontier medical volunteer you will spend your time undertaking a variety of different tasks under the mentorship of medical and healthcare professionals from a private hospital on the outskirts of Suva City. 

The hospital where you will be placed consists of a specialist skin clinic, rehabilitation wards for spinal injury and strokes, a physiotherapy centre and a prosthetics workshop. You will have the opportunity to observe the work done in each of these areas and, depending on your interest and experience, you may have the opportunity to specialise.  

Depending on the ward your work could include things like: assisting chronic patients in day to day living, helping patients in their rehabilitation and physiotherapy programmes, taking out-patient details and giving wellness talks in the specialist skin clinic, accompanying nurses on patient home visits to assess disability needs, or training patients to use new prosthetic limbs. 

You will be shadowing doctors, nurses or other healthcare workers as they go about delivering services in the local health clinic. You may also be assisting with medical screening programmes, preparing dressings, assisting with drips and eliminations, raising local awareness, and recording vital signs. 

Along with assisting patients, there will also be the opportunity to accompany doctors and nurses on outreach programmes visiting rural and disadvantaged areas. This could include assisting with skin disease screening at an orphanage or jail, visiting a disabled patient at home for an assessment, or conducting a T.B screening in rural disadvantaged areas of the island or outer islands. The types of outreach and locations vary each month. 

By assisting in the care of patients and contributing to the hospital's outreach work, volunteers can make a real difference to the care of sick people in Fiji and contribute to promoting health awareness amongst the general population. 

Your placement will be tailor-made for you and will reflect your previous work experience, interests, and skills while taking into account the changing needs and priorities of the clinic areas to which you are attached. We recommend staying for at least four weeks to allow you to gain the most comprehensive experience and make a lasting impact. 

You will be offered a warm Fijian style welcome by your new colleagues who will be keen to greet enthusiastic and eager volunteers. You will be warmly embraced and then rushed off your feet! The key to your success will depend on how much you are willing to contribute and how hard you are able to work. With an open mind and flexible attitude you will enjoy an experience to remember, make friends for life, and gain valuable work experience on important health-related programmes. 

All placements are dependent upon the submission of an up-to-date CV and proof of medical qualifications and medical work experience.

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.

 

If you are an independent traveller arriving on any other date you are welcome to join the project on any Monday, (please discuss your intended arrival date and duration of stay with our travel advisers, especially if you need to book a dive training course, to confirm availability), and please be aware that you will need to organise your own transfer between Nadi and Suva and first night hostel accommodation in Suva at a cost of US$42/$40. 

 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Your home in Fiji will be a comfortable and welcoming homestay with a hospitable Fijian family giving you a true sense of the Fijian culture and way of life. Your family will welcome you as one of their own, and your evenings will be filled with hide-n-go-seek or movie nights with the children, and interesting conversations over kava with your older siblings and host parents.

While most volunteers reflect on their homestay experience as one of the most meaningful aspects of their project, you can also opt to stay in a simple and comfortable lodge near the centre of Suva for an additional cost of US$102 a week. Here 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, and linen.

 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

In the homestay, you'll be able to sample Fijian home-cooked meals which will be prepared for you by your host family. A common breakfast is toast with butter and tea with milk, though some volunteers will purchase eggs, rolled oats, fresh fruit, or coffee to complement their breakfast. Common dinners include vegetable curry with rice, lamb sausage with chips, fried noodles with vegetables, and stewed ro ro with tuna and cassava. 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. Suva is easy to navigate, and on a beautiful day you’ll find yourself purposefully taking the longer route in order to stroll along the breathtaking sea wall or catch glimpses of Suva harbor from higher points around the city.

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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)

A breakdown of costs:

Transport to and from Nasautoka village FJD25 / 9GBP / 15USD (minimum 4 person)

Village Donation FJD10 / 3.50GBP / 6.50USD

Fijian Feast Lunch FJD10 FJD10 / 3.50GBP / 6.50USD

A day out for no more than FJD45 – a unique experience at a bargain price!

Home-stay option of FJD20 per night – this way you will get to do all the activities available over two days, or more!

 

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 US$2,495

5 weeks US$2,845

6 weeks US$3,145

7 weeks US$3,495

8 weeks US$3,845

9 weeks US$4,095

10 weeks US$4,295

12 weeks US$4,795

20 weeks US$6,795

Extra weeks US$395

DEPARTURE DATES

First and third Monday of every month

DURATION

4 weeks and longer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Airport pickup & transfer to Suva (subject to start dates)
  • Two meals per day
  • Accommodation (hostel upgrade available at extra cost)
  • Local orientation
  • Project briefing
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up
  • 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.

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