Make the Pacific Ocean and the green, tropical island of Caqalai your new backyard. As a participant, you will be working with Caqalai’s local communities helping them with the collection of plastic pollution, as well as conducting educational programs. Your main role within the program is the collection of data needed for research by our partners. We work closely with the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network and other community partners to ensure that the impact of this program is both relevant and useful for the wider community.
If you’re passionate about eradicating plastic pollution and want to support local communities in dealing with this escalating problem, then this is the perfect program for you. When you join you will be volunteering on Caqalai Island in Fiji. This is a picturesque but tiny island, only 14 acres, located in the Lomaiviti group of Islands. Plastic pollution is starting to have a visible and marked effect on the people, and the marine ecosystem of this idyllic island paradise.
At Caqalai you will be able to take part in marine cleanup initiatives. In doing so you will make a difference to the level of plastic pollution locally, whilst increasing awareness of this global issue. This program also directly addresses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 – Life Below Water. This is done to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.
Our diving base is perfectly situated to be able to take a dive and conduct ocean floor clean-ups, as well as beach clean-ups, depending on the needs of the program. This allows you to get extra time outdoors in the Fijian sunshine, while being a pollution warrior. Stretch your legs with a walk along the beach and collect the plastic pollution that would otherwise make its way into the ocean, there endangering the fragile balance of life below the water.
Many Fijian communities rely on these resources for food, income and sometimes even building materials, and because of this it is imperative that they are protected and used sustainably. Plastic pollution seriously threatens this relationship and over recent years plastic, and its effect on ocean life, have become a growing concern for the local community. This is why we have partnered with local organisations to take steps to combat the plastic problem. By taking part in this program you will be having a direct positive impact on the remote communities on this tiny island.
Vinaka Vaka Levu! (Thank you very much)