Basics: Food, Water, Shelter, Money

Food & Water

Breakfast will be eaten at our hotel before we head for the worksite each day; there will be a lunch break every day at the worksite. The evening meals will be eaten at restaurants in Suva once we’re back for the day and cleaned up a bit- get ready for some delicious Fijian cuisine: sweet potato, coconut, fish, curries, and lots of veggies! (Just do a google image search for Fijian food- you’ll be very excited!) If you have any special dietary needs, please let me know ASAP so that provisions can be made to assure your needs are met.

Hydration is very important on GV builds- make sure to bring a reusable water bottle! Safe drinking water will be available at all times on-site and with meals. Some participants choose to bring electrolyte drink powders (Gatorade, Powerade) to add to the water, or gels (the kind used by runners). You’ll be sweating a lot!

Shelter

We’ll be staying in modest hotels during our stay in Fiji. Our first night will be spent in Nadi, and the rest of our nights in Suva. You will share a hotel room with a team member of the same sex. Our hotel does have electricity, hot water, and A/C (woohoo!), but please keep in mind that our accommodations may not have all of the luxuries of the hotels you may be used to (e.g. elevators, high-speed internet, etc.). Make sure that you are able to carry your suitcase up a flight of stairs if you need to! Internet access is available for purchase at our hotel. Hotel names and addresses will be sent to you in an email before your departure; if you have any questions, please email me.

Valuables such as electronics or expensive jewelry are best left at home.

The electrical voltage in Fiji is 200 – 240 volts (V). Fiji uses three pin “Type I” power outlets identical to those found in Australia and New Zealand. You will need to bring an adapter if you wish to use an appliance with a different plug. Here’s a picture: http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeI.htm

Money

Your trip cost covers your housing, transportation, food, insurance, and cultural activities for the dates of the trip; the only money you need to bring is for any personal souvenirs or extra purchases you may wish to make. Amounts will vary widely from person to person; in general, $100-200 should be more than enough. (Per Habitat policy, alcohol cannot be covered by trip funds, so if you wish to have a beer with dinner, you will need to pay for that separately.) Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and it is up to the individual to determine whether to leave a gratuity.

Legal tender in Fiji is the Fiji Dollar (FJD). As of March 2016, the exchange rate was approximately 1 FJD = $0.48 USD.

Many international banks have branches around the main centres, and will change money. Banks commonly available include Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Westpac, Bank South Pacific (BSP) and Bank of Baroda.

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