Village and Community Partnership
Capturing the essence of Fiji
How do we work?
We’ve gone out into our neighboring villages (and some much further afield) and established partnerships with them. What that means is that we are channeling visitors to the villages, and making sure that the money they earn is properly administered and goes into a fund for the entire village. We offer them help in setting up activities, dealing with visitors, making sure there are basic facilities available (eg paths over muddy grund, access to toilets) and, most importantly, communication with tourists in an age where an internet presence is so important and villages often lack the skills and the technology to participate. Basically, we’re wiring them up.
What are they giving us?
A unique welcome to their way of life.
Each village is different: some have spectacular waterfalls, others perform heart-stopping mekes (dances), one has some strange and intriguing monoliths with ancient indecipherable carvings, another is a major producer of cold pressed virgin coconut oil.
Best of all, these are local people steeped in their own history and traditions, and proud and eager to share that with their visitors – you.
We believe we are the only tourism association in Fiji to have started this initiative. Enjoy it with us.
Who do we work with?
We have a list of 20 interested villages.
We are doing this properly, which means a careful process of consultation with the village chiefs and their Turaga no Koro (elected head man), an agreement on responsibilities and a committment to a shared vision.
Right now you can still arrange village tours and visits through your accommodation provider – but we’re making sure it benefits as many people as possible. As soon as it’s all in place (hopefully during June 2017) we’ll be putting everything up on this website.
And there’s the community.
The Planter’s Club: a long standing icon of Savusavu.
The new walkway skirting the harbour, where you can stroll along the edge of the bay.
It’s a lot…..we’re running to keep up! We’ll post more as soon as we can. Like we said earlier, we’re not a large slick organisation (and you really wouldn’t want us to be as you’ve come all the way here to escape that), and rest assured that there’s already a world of wonder waiting for your visit.