Do we need to get visas for this program?

Australian citizens do not need a visa for entry as a tourist into Fiji. On arrival into Fiji, immigration will issue Australian citizens with a tourist visa for entry into the county. No prior arrangements for Australian citizens are needed.

Will there be a flight leader to this country?

Participants will not be accompanied by a flight leader. Our program staff will greet participants when they arrive at Nadi Airport in Fiji. However, there will be a suggested flight route so students can fly together if they choose to.

How long is the flight to this country?

Fiji is 3.5 hours by air from Brisbane and Sydney, 4 hours by air from Melbourne, and 9 hours by air from Perth.

Does the advertised trip length include international travel time?

The start date listed is when you need to be in Fiji and the departure date listed is the date you will depart Fiji.

Which areas does this program operate in?

This program operates on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu at our Eco Lodge Base in Momi Bay, about 40 minutes from Nadi.

Is your staff certified in First Aid?

Each program will have leaders who are certified in First Aid and CPR. Some of our program leaders are also 
certified as Wilderness First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Wilderness EMTs, or Life Guards.

What is the ratio of Program Leaders to participants?

Schoolies Reimagined maintains a minimum of 1 Program Leader for every 7 participants.

What water will we be drinking?

Schoolies Reimagined uses sterilization techniques to ensure that all drinking water for participants is potable and safe to drink. We ask participants to bring reusable water bottles in order to reduce plastic usage.

Can I bring a cell phone?

Travellers are allowed to bring phones on their Schoolies Reimagined program, but we recommend taking the challenge and disconnecting for a few weeks. We will communicate with parents with a safe arrival email and any other communication if necessary.

What sort of electrical voltage adapters do I need to bring?

Fiji operates at 240 V and uses plug I, the same as in Australia and New Zealand.

What is the weather like?

The weather is an average of 30 degrees Celsius. Rain is likely as it is the start of the wet season.

What will the accommodation on this trip be like?

The Eco Lodge consists of a main house with kitchen and activity space and several small houses that sleep six to eight participants on bunk-beds. Participants share rooms with others of the same gender. Each house has an attached bathroom with solar powered hot water showers, sinks, and flush toilets. There is an infinity-edge swimming pool, soccer field, small weight room, and pool table.

What kind of food will we be eating?

The Eco Lodge has its own resident chef and team of cooking staff. Participants will eat a combination of local Fijian dishes and more western-style dishes. Breakfasts typically include cereal, breads, eggs, crackers, and fruit. Lunches and dinners range from traditional Fijian lovo feasts of chicken, cassava, and dalo (root crops similar to potatoes) to barbeques, pastas, stir fries, curries, salads, and vegetables. Vegetarians can easily be catered for, and most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

What are the bathroom facilities?

Bathrooms are western style toilets with running water while at the Eco Lodge.

How often will I have access to email and phones?

Safe arrival emails will be sent out when participants settle in country. Participants will have the opportunity at least once during the week to check the Internet in town.

How often will I have the chance to do laundry?

Laundry can be washed by hand at any time. It is best to pack without the expectation of doing laundry. Laundry can be sent out once a week for FJ$25-$50 a load depending on weight.

What should I know about safety on this program?

Please visit Smart Traveller for an up to date report on current situations regarding visiting Fiji. Staff will alert participants if any changes to safety occur within the country.

What immunisations do we need to get for this trip?

Please consult with a travel doctor or your family physician for immunisation and other medical recommendations, based on the area(s) where you will be travelling and on your own medical history. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, please visit the following websites for country specific information around immunisations and traveller’s health. Please let us know if you have specific questions.

www.traveldoctor.com.au – The Travel Doctor
www.smartraveller.gov.au – Australian Government Travel Advice
www.cdc.gov – Centre of Disease Control (US)

What is my membership with International SOS?

International SOS is one of the world’s leading providers of medical evacuation and travel services. All travellers traveling with Schoolies Reimagined will have access to International SOS benefits through Rustic Pathways’ membership.

As a member you will have access to International SOS’s extensive travel information database to help you make informed decisions prior to travel. Additionally, all travellers who travel outside their country of residence will have access to medical evacuation support during their program.

Where is the nearest healthcare?

We are a 45-minute drive away from a doctor and public hospital in the town of Nadi; 3 hours from a more advanced private hospital in the capital, Suva, and a 4-hour flight to Western-style care in New Zealand or Australia.

Can Rustic Pathways cater to specific diets on this program?

The Eco lodge can cater to most specific diets including but not limited to vegetarian, vegan, gluten and lactose free, as well as peanut free cooking.

Will mosquitoes and/or other insects be a problem on this trip?

Mosquitos are prevalent in Fiji and participants are expected to bring bug spray. Participants will be provided with a mosquito net over each individual bed.

How much spending money do you recommend I bring?

AUS $100-$200 depending on the number of souvenirs, snacks and ice creams you would like.

What service projects will I work on and how are the projects identified?

Schoolies Reimagined works with local community leaders and organisations to identify and prioritise the needs of each community. This program will focus on various education and infrastructure initiatives.