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Volunteer Nutrition Projects in Fiji

Nutrition in Fiji

Projects Abroad Fiji has developed a health and wellness programme working with village communities in Fiji in order to tackle some of the main health issues that have resulted from poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle.

Diabetes prevalence among adults in the Pacific region is amongst the highest in the world, according to the World Health Organisation. There has also been a huge increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a result of poor diet, in particular diabetes and heart disease.

The Nutrition project is based in villages near to Nadi, which is on the west coast of Viti Levu. No experience is needed for the Nutrition project, except an interest in healthy living, so you can get involved as part of a gap year, career break or extended holiday.

Volunteering in Fiji on the Nutrition Project

The Nutrition project takes a holistic approach to tackling all aspects of NCDs, to include identifying health issues, education and empowering people to take better care of themselves and their families.

Every volunteer will be involved in the health screening process, targeting the four key modifiable behavioural risk factors (tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and the harmful use of alcohol), which increase the risk of developing NCDs.

Volunteers on this placement will have the chance to conduct workshops on diet and nutrition, run exercise classes and give healthy cooking demonstrations to the local villagers.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Fiji Nutrition Management Plan.

Your Role as a Volunteer on the Nutrition Project

As a volunteer on the Nutrition project you will be able to help people from the rural communities in Fiji who do not have easy access to healthcare and health education. You will receive training when you arrive and be fully supported by our in country team. As this is an on-going project, you will have the opportunity to work on existing cases, as well as being assigned your own individual cases.

Volunteers can specify their personal interests and concentrate their efforts on any of the following areas:

  • Health screening
  • Analysis, presentation and action planning
  • Implementation and monitoring of action plan
  • Action plan activities
  • Secondary screening / action plan activities
  • Review of screening and action plan / action plan activities
  • Implementation of reviewed action plan / action plan activities
  • Reviewed action plan activities
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