UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Fiji Ecotourism and Sustainability 2018
Program Fee: $795 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: May 30 – June 6, 2018
Credits: 3 credit hours during UGA's Summer semester (details below)
Application deadline: March 19, 2018 — But admissions are rolling, so apply now!
Please note: Group airfare will be available for students participating in this program AND a Maymester Australia and New Zealand program. If there are a significant number of students participating in this Fiji program and the Summer Australia: Global Health program, flights will be arranged for that combination as well. Other students will arrange their own flights to arrive in Fiji at the designated time.
Fiji is an exotic, beautiful, and fascinating country with unique cultural traditions and recently named the world’s happiest country! We explore the highland jungle, coastline, islands, reefs, and villages of Viti Levu, Fiji, focusing on the various ways in which culture has impacted these environments. Particular attention is given to contemporary eco-tourism, issues in biodiversity, and indigenous intellectual property and other rights that impact conservation and natural resource management.
This program is open to all students from UGA and from other institutions (non-UGA students pay in-state tuition), and no prior knowledge is assumed, but is specifically designed to fit with our Maymester Australia and New Zealand programs. Fiji is an easy and often cheap stopover traveling on a ticket to or from the U.S. and the programs begin as soon as the Maymester programs conclude.
We spend our first few days in the multi-cultural city of Nadi with lectures, cultural events, and local field trips in collaboration with the University of Fiji. A typical itinerary includes guided tours of Viti Levu to learn about cultural Indo-Fijian and indigenous Fijian heritages, and eco- and sustainable tourism development efforts on the coastline. We then travel by boat to the remote offshore islands in the Yasawa chain for 4 days, where we combine an overnight homestay with 3 nights at a resort to experience first-hand Fijian village small island life, traditions, subsistence knowledge, and island tourism development while also exploring coral reefs and wildlife.
During our time in Fiji there will also be opportunities for such other activities as hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking, and also to spend time in Fijian villages and participate in traditional Fijian celebrations with food and dancing.
Field Studies in Sustainable Development: Service-learning (FANR 4273S/6273S)
The 4000 level courses are for undergraduate students and 6000 level courses are for graduates and honors students.
Click here for sample itinerary.
In Nadi students stay at Sky Lodge, a Fijian hotel in one of the nation's major cities. After leaving Nadi, students will stay on a remote island for the duration of the program at both an rustic resort and village. All meals are provided during this program.
Program Fee: $795
Program fee includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, insurance, in-country ground/sea transportation, and 100% of meals. The program fee does not include
airfare, UGA (Summer) tuition, or UGA fees. For Georgia residents attending a Georgia school, HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships apply to tuition costs as you would normally expect. Out-of-state UGA undergraduate students and non-UGA transient undergraduate students pay in-state tuition rates. Please refer to the UGA Bursar's website
for the most up to date tuition and fees.
Participants should also take into consideration personal spending money and other expenses like trip cancellation insurance for airfare tickets, which we strongly encourage.
Please provide information about your accommodation needs by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 6 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations.