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South Pacific
Fiji & New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Marine Conservation, Social Justice, Outdoor Leadership, Community Engagement

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From the palm-lined beaches and fertile mountain valleys of Fiji to the majestic mountains of New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Fiji, and New Zealand: two island nations, each with a distinct character, culture, and environment. Informed by Indigenous societies, European colonization, and a remote location deep in the heart of the South Pacific, each location provides a unique insight into the complexities of diverse communities, stewardship of resources, and the importance of having a balanced and harmonious relationship with our environment. 

This program will take you from the palm-lined beaches and fertile mountain valleys of Fiji to the majestic mountains of New Zealand (Aotearoa) you will get to explore marine ecosystems while snorkeling in the waters of Savusavu, and finally finish with a traditional Maori Rites of Passage ceremony,  this program offers a unique opportunity to discover diverse island communities, learn about the importance of environmental conservation, and to cultivate a strong sense of leadership and engagement through outdoor recreation.

Experience the South Pacific
Reflect, Reimagine, Transform

Watch this 3-minute video to get a sense of how a Global Routes experience may change your life.

This 3-week summer program is ideal for students in high school, who are looking for a meaningful international experience with a balance of service, experiential learning, cultural immersion, and adventure.

Highlights

Immerse yourself in a remote Fijian village, living with homestay families, engaging in community projects, and experiencing a way of life vastly different from our own.

Experience the legendary crystal clear waters and rich marine biodiversity off Savusavu as your group snorkels and learns about marine conservation in one of the most renowned dive sites in the world. 

Māori culture and traditions: spend a week in the coastal surfing town of Raglan as you and your group learn about the history and culture of the Maori community, indigenous rights, and take part in traditional rites of passage ceremonies.

Our son's experience was transformational. He gained maturity, confidence and a new perspective on global concerns. He even gained a love of hiking in the mountains. We sincerely thank the staff for that experience.
Susanna, Parent
The decision for our family to work with Global Routes was easy. From the initial communication, which prepared our kids well for their experience, to the top-shelf leaders, to the home base communication, everything about the Global Routes program is polished and professional.
Scott, Parent
My leaders inspired me to fall further into the culture and to take real interest in the places we visited and to recognize just how amazing things truly are.
Lily, Student
Program Details
Dates
Session 1: June 28 - July 19, 2023. Session 2: July 13 - August 3, 2023
Starting/Ending Point
Auckland, New Zealand
Learning Goals
Sustainability, cultural exchange, trekking, leadership, human rights
Service Hours Earned
20-30 hours
Language Requirement
None
Climate
High 84° F, Low 64°F (Fiji). 57°/40° (New Zealand)
Group Size
up to 18 Students, 2-3 U.S. Leaders, local staff
Spaces Available
Enrolling for 2023
Cuisine
Locally grown tropical foods, Indian influenced flavors, hearty NZ cuisine
Program Fee
$7,895
International airfare is not included in the tuition. Roundtrip airfare from New York to Thailand will be between $1,100 and $1,900 typically.
Accommodations
Eco-Lodge, Guest Houses, Homestays, Camping, Hostels

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Your Journey
Days 1 - 10: Orientation, Cultural Exchange in Fijian Village

Immerse yourself in a remote Fijian village, living with homestay families, engaging in community projects, and experiencing a way of life vastly different from our own.

Days 11 - 15: Marine Conservation

Experience the legendary crystal clear waters and rich marine biodiversity off Savusavu as your group snorkels and learns about marine conservation in one of the most renowned dive sites in the world.

Days 16-21: Final Travel in New Zealand (Aotearoa)

The group will travel to New Zealand (Aotearoa) landing in the coastal surfing town of Raglan as you and your group learn about the history and culture of the Maori community, indigenous rights, and take part in traditional ceremonies.

You’ll then work with your group and leaders to truly digest the life-changing experience you’ve encountered, and learn how to take the tools and lessons you’ve gained back to your home-life.

FINANCIAL AID

Over two decades of experience has demonstrated to us that providing financial aid awards increases the diversity of our student body and thus the depth and quality of our programs. Global Routes strives to make our programs accessible to students who otherwise, due to financial reasons, would not have the opportunity to contribute their energy and special gifts to our projects.

We offer aid packages of between 10% and 50% off tuition, which is exclusive of airfare.

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