Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 2-4
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection Yes

Program & Schedule

The introduction week is organized for you to prepare yourself better for the coming weeks where you will be more engaged with the local communities. Your program will be spent in Port Vila where you will learn about the culture of Vanuatu, go on a city tour and visit a few interesting locations where you will learn more about Vanuatu. You will also learn the local language and get the experience of cooking a typical Melanesian meal. You will do one day picnic to the Blue lagoon. Friday is for you to explore the surroundings and visit your projects for the following weeks.

Aims & Objectives

To expose you to the real culture of Vanuatu and make you prepare for the upcoming projects and the ways of living in the country.

Schedule

Monday

  • Welcome and introduction to the program and collection of important documents
  • City tour of Port Vila

Tuesday

  • Learn the basics of Bislama in the language class and weaving class
  • Mele cascades waterfall

Wednesday

  • Learn to cook traditional Melanesian dishes
  • Learn Ni-Vanuatu Culture in Secret garden

Thursday

  • One day trip picnic at  Blue lagoon.

Friday

  • Visit to the placement of your choice
  • Prepare for first placement activities
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

Participants below 18 require parental consent and participants above 65 require medical clearance to take part in this program.

Living & Location

Port Vila is the harborside capital and main hub of Vanuatu, on Efate island. Its small downtown is home to colorful market stalls selling produce and local handicrafts. The National Museum of Vanuatu Cultural Centre, displays artifacts such as slit gong drums and outrigger canoes. The town is a base for diving and trips to Mele Cascades, a multi-tiered waterfall with rock pools in a rainforest.

A beautiful villa located very close to the beach. A home away from home.

Food Arrangements

You will be served with authentic cuisine which consists mainly of Chicken dishes, such as cheese curry and coconut milk. Coconut curry, dhal (lentils), fish curry, saffron rice, fresh tropical fruits, and ladob is eaten either as a savory dish or as a dessert.

Facilities

ATMs: There are ATM's around our centers. The closest one to our residence is about a 15 minute walk from the house.

Shop: The closest local supermarket is a 10 minute walk from the centre.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

There are many sights and surroundings which you can explore during your time in Vanuatu.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                The Republic of Vanuatu        

Population:        approx. 286,429

Capital:        Port Vila

Language:        Bislama

Currency:        Vanuatu Vatu (VUV)

Time zone:        VUT (UTC +11)

Country Information

Vanuatu consists of 83 islands located about 800kms west of Fiji and 2,250kms northeast of Sydney. Until the explorers and missionaries arrived around the 15th century, Vanuatu had been home to Melanesians for over 3,500 years. It now has a Westminster parliamentary style of democracy since its independence on 30th July 1980, after more than 70 years of rule by Great Britain and France. Its original name given by Capt James Cook in 1774 was New Hebrides and the legal system is based on British law. The population is 95% indigenous “Ni-Vanuatu” of Melanesian descent.

Vanuatu for many years already has been a financial centre, without any personal or corporate taxes nor any tax treaties with foreign countries. On all goods and services a Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 12.5%.There are exports of copra, manganese, hardwood and beef, whilst Tanna Island is famous for its excellent coffee grown there.

Climate

Vanuatu has a tropical climate in most areas with subtropical conditions at some of the most

southern islands.

Average temperatures range from 25 C in winter to 29C in summer; please note the seasons are

directly opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere, and Dec – March is also the cyclone season with hot and rainy conditions throughout.

Culture

The culture of Vanuatu has been mainly influenced due to colonization by the British and the French. Even though the national language of Vanuatu is Bislama, due to the impact of colonization both English and French languages are also considered as official languages.

In terms of religion, Christianity is still the major religion in Vanuatu and the majority of the Christians adhere to the Presbyterian church in Vanuatu. The culture of Vanuatu is also diverse across different regions and particularly in the central region, Melanesian values also dominate.

Gastronomy

Since Vanuatu is an island nation, usage of coconut milk in main dishes is very frequent. In addition, tropical fruits such as pineapple, papaya, mangoes etc. are available throughout the year. You will also be able to taste a variety of cuisine prepared using fish.