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					              PO Box 112 387, Auckland 1642
              New Zealand
              P: 0800 44 22 48 ( outside ak )
              P: +64 9 579 4111
              F: +64 9 579 4112
              E: information@habitat.org.nz




        Fiji
Disaster Response
    Volunteer
Information Guide




       2011
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                                                Table of Contents

1. Introduction .......................................................................................................................................3

2. Rebuilding Homes in Fiji ..................................................................................................................3

3. Volunteer Considerations ................................................................................................................4

4. Dates & Team Schedules .................................................................................................................5

5. Travel to Fiji ......................................................................................................................................6

6. Baggage Allowance ..........................................................................................................................6

7. Visas and Passport ..........................................................................................................................6

8. Travel within Fiji................................................................................................................................7

9. Accommodation ...............................................................................................................................7

10. Food .................................................................................................................................................7

11. Insurance ........................................................................................................................................8

12. Packing Suggestions .....................................................................................................................8

13. Tools...............................................................................................................................................10

14. Other Notes....................................................................................................................................10

15. Optional Tourism ..........................................................................................................................10

16. HFHNZ Volunteer Cost..................................................................................................................11

17. Registration Process & Information Required ...........................................................................11

18. Payment Information ....................................................................................................................12

19. Emergency Contacts.....................................................................................................................12

20. Important Tips About Staying In The Villages............................................................................12

21. Some Fijian Phrases You Might Find Useful..............................................................................13

22. Mobile Phone Usage & Currency Exchange ..............................................................................13

23. Country Information......................................................................................................................13

24. Photos............................................................................................................................................14

25. Habitat for Humanity Information................................................................................................14

26. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)...........................................................................................15
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1. Introduction

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Fiji to build
between 45 - 60 new houses on the island of Vanua Levu in northern Fiji. This area took the
brunt of Cyclone Tomas when its destructive forces hit the island in March of this year,
destroying over 500 homes and damaging many more.

There are some 150 additional houses that need building in Vanua Levu and there are a
further 400 homes that need building in the outer islands of Fiji but due to remoteness will
need Fijian government attention. As the project progresses, we are hopeful we can secure
further funding to help build more of these homes.

Thank you for volunteering your much needed time to restore hope to the lives of the Fijians
in urgent need to a decent place to live. You are making a practical difference in the lives of
our Pacific Neighbours.

2. Rebuilding Homes in Fiji

The two villages Habitat intend building in, are on the two northern tips of Vanua Levu. These
villages take approximately 3 ½ hours to get to by 4 wheel drive from the main centre
Savusavu and can take even more time when it‘s been raining.

The 1st site will be in and around the district of Karoko village in the Tunuloa district, this is
located 100 km outside of the main centre Savusavu, along 20 kms of sealed road and 80
kms of unsealed and sometimes has very bad stretches of road. We will build 26 houses in
the Tunuloa district.

The 2nd site will be in and around the Wainigadru village in the Saqani district, this is located
110 km outside of the main centre Savusavu, along 20 kms of sealed road and 90 kms of
unsealed and with again some very bad stretches of road. We will build 20 houses in the
Saqani district.

NOTE: The Fijian Government are currently assessing the areas that need rebuilding, this
may affect the sites that Habitat were originally allocated. It appears that we will build a
smaller number of houses in a greater number of locations. The flow and affect of this is we
will need to be more flexible re our accommodation, i.e. moving regularly, the best way to
achieve this is through the use of tents.

There are medical clinics within 1 ½ hour‘s drive from each village and it is about a 3 ½ hour
drive to the hospital back in Savusavu.
NOTE: Addressing health and safety issues, we hope to recruit a long term cook and
someone with nursing or first aid experience, as volunteers will be somewhat at risk due to
the remote location and distance from medical help.

It has been agreed with the Fijian Government that we will build to the standard Government
housing specifications at 7.5m x 4.8m so that all the villages will have the same size house.
These are open plan timber framed dwellings with weatherboard exterior cladding and
galvanised corrugated iron roofs; they do not require electricity or plumbing.

A traditional method of cooking for larger meals, which is still used today, is the ―lovo‖ which
is an earth oven—a fire made in a pit in the ground lined with heat-resistant stones. It closely
resembles the NZ Maori ―hangi‖ where the stones are hot, food, wrapped in (banana) leaves,
is placed in a shallow pit, covered with soil or sacking and banana leaves and left to cook
before being removed and contents eaten.
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3. Volunteer Considerations

We envisage that this project will take up to 4 – 5 months.

We will be working with Habitat Fiji which will consist of approximately 3 – 5 Fijian Staff and
3 – 5 locals working with you at any given time. We estimate that you will be building 2
houses per week to completion.

Volunteers will fly fortnightly from Auckland to Nadi and will then proceed to fly to Savusavu
on the Island of Vanua Levu.

Team sizes will be a maximum of 8 Kiwi volunteers, this is governed by the villages only
having the capacity for smaller numbers and secondly the size of the inter island planes used
is usually for 8 passengers only.

Both skilled and unskilled volunteers are welcome, although ideally we need as many skilled
NZ tradespersons (mainly Builders and carpenters) to go to Fiji to ensure we build to best
practice standards and pass on skills as part of our Habitat model. Each Kiwi tradesperson
can be accompanied by a Kiwi unskilled volunteer, at ideally a 1 to 1 ratio;. It is also very
helpful to have ―handymen‖ (includes handy ladies) who have had some construction
experience.

Volunteers need to be reasonably fit and healthy. Anyone with existing medical conditions
should check with their personal Doctor to ensure participation will not adversely affect their
health and wellbeing. Volunteers should check with their local NZ Travel Doctor regarding
vaccinations required and any health precautions to be taken.

Volunteers need to be willing to ―rough it‖; this trip is not for the faint hearted. One quarter of
the island of Vanua Levu does not even have any roads but we will ensure we are working in
those areas that do. Mattresses will be supplied, showers are cold water, there are bugs and
mosquitoes and it can be hot during the day.

You will be asked to fill out our online Registration form, if you have not completed this
already please go to http://www.habitat.org.nz/index.php/pi_pageid/359. For previous Habitat
volunteers, through one of our global village trips, or if you recently were involved with
Project Samoa Hope, there are a few simple questions that we require as legal
documentation. You will not have to fill out the entire form unless your previous details have
changed.

We will not be-able to confirm your booking, until this form has been received and up to date.

There will be one NZ Team Leader, chosen per team of 08 persons. Volunteers must be
willing to accept the Habitat Staff and Team Leader‘s leadership and comply with all
reasonable instructions relative to work, health and safety, team relationships and cultural
considerations.

Volunteers must be willing and able to pay their own way. Details of costs are provided in
Section 15 found on page 10 of this document.

Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 70.
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4. Dates & Team Schedules

We estimate we will require 64 volunteers from November – March 2011. We are seeking to
increase this number should we secure further funding to build more new houses.

We will send teams every 2 weeks for a 2 week period, therefore Incoming and outgoing
teams will only meet when the truck brings in the new team.

We will break mid-December to mid-January 2011.

Please see below travel dates. The dates shown are also identified by a Team Number.
Please indicate to us on the online registration form which Team you would like to participate
in. Please give us your 1st and 2nd choice, we will try our best to comply with everyone‘s first
choice, but this may not always be possible.


                 Air NZ Dates            Air NZ Auckland to Nadi   Air NZ Nadi to Auckland   Team


Team    Depart to Fiji   Return to NZ   Depart      Arrive         Depart       Arrive       size
 T01
 T02
 T03    Tue 9/11/10      Tue 23/11/10   07.15 am    10.20 am       11.20 am     02.25 pm      8
 T04
 T05    Sat 4/12/10      Sat 18/12/10   09.15 am    12.20 pm       11.20 am     02.25 pm      8
 T06
 T07    Sat 15/01/11     Sat 29/01/11   07.15 am    10.20 am       01.20 pm     04.25 pm      8
 T08    Sat 29/01/11     Sat 12/02/11   09.15 am    12.20 pm       01.20 pm     04.25 pm      8
 T09    Sat 12/02/11     Sat 26/02/11   09.15 am    12.20 pm       01.20 pm     04.25 pm      8
 T10    Sat 26/02/11     Sun 13/03/11   09.15 am    12.20 pm       04.55 pm     07.55 pm      8
 T11    Sat 12/03/11     Sat 26/03/11   09.15 am    12.20 pm       01.20 pm     04.25 pm      8
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We will commence bookings for all of these Teams right through to end of March 2011.

Volunteers must commit to participate for a two week period. This can be extended in
increments of 2 weeks at a time but logistics and costs will need to be worked out before
your trip begins on an individual basis. There is a possibility that you can change your plans
once in Fiji but this could cost up to NZ$400 due to set transport times and lack of airline
booking flexibility.

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Devie Milward on 09 579-4111 extension 209 and
let her know. She can inform you of other considerations and arrange your return flight
schedule which will coincide with one of the later teams departing.

We have pre booked the above schedule for 8 persons only, so if you do wish to stay longer
then please give us as much notice in New Zealand as you can, travelling on precise dates is
subject to availability of flights and seating space as such are made available to us by Air
New Zealand and Pacific Sun. We do not have much flexibility.

If you wish to stay on in Fiji for some R&R please refer to page 10, under ‗Optional Tourism‘
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5. Travel to Fiji

Air New Zealand is making a significant contribution by way of assisting HFHNZ disaster
response volunteers with discounted prices on return flights from Auckland to Nadi. Airfares
for all NZ Volunteers will be arranged through the HFHNZ National Support Centre (NSC).
We appreciate the outstanding support provided by Air New Zealand.

Volunteers travelling to Auckland from elsewhere in New Zealand, to catch the Auckland to
Nadi flight, are offered a $100 round trip ticket by Air NZ from any centre which Air NZ
operates from. This is to be arranged and paid for through our Habitat office.

We have looked into two options to travel to the Island of Vanua Levu from Nadi: By ship or
by plane: It has been concluded that flying is our best option for the following reasons:

By ship is less expensive but this is very time consuming, you have to drive to Suva, which
takes up to 3 ½ hours and then wait until the evening sailing which subsequently takes 12
hours to travel by boat to Vanua Levu.

By plane takes only 1 hour, this is more expensive but we met with Pacific Sun, the main
inter Island carrier based in Nadi and they have given Habitat a special discounted fare in
recognition of the humanitarian aspect. We appreciate the outstanding support provided by
Pacific Sun.


6. Baggage Allowance

For your check in baggage, you many take only 1 piece‘ max weight 23kg ( 50 lbs). Anything
over this and you will have to pay extra weight charges. Pacific Sun is normally 15kg but has
issued a waiver of 8kg per bag matching Air New Zealand‘s 23kg.

For your Cabin Baggage, you may take one piece with a maximum weight of 7kg (15lbs) and
maximum total dimensions (length + width + height) of 115cm (45").

Of course every volunteer, especially tradespersons, wants to take many extra tools.
Unfortunately, despite our wish that you could do this, it is not possible given the
airlines weight restrictions.


7. Visas and Passport

Holders of New Zealand Passports are granted a Visitor Visa valid for 4 months on arrival
into the Fiji Islands. Extensions to these visas up to 6 months on condition that they hold a
outward ticket and sufficient funds to facilitate duration of stay, and also valid passport (valid
for 6 months – check your passport expiry date) beyond the intended period of stay in Fiji.

Before you travel overseas ensure your passport is in good order and is travel fit. If your
passport is damaged or not valid you may be denied boarding on to your flight by Border
officials. Ensure your passport:

       Has not expired.
       Is not within six months of expiry.
       Is not damaged, defaced or excessively worn (any one of these can mean your
       passport is invalid for travel).
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8. Travel within Fiji

Once you arrive in Nadi, you will catch a connecting flight to the Island of Vanua Levu on a
Pacific Sun airline that will be already pre-booked.

A Habitat staff member will meet you at the airport with a Habitat sign held up for the
volunteers. You will then be accompanied by them to the village, by means of local transport
or hired transport depending on your team size. This will take approximately 4 hours, along
20 kms of sealed road and 80 kms of unsealed road.

If any volunteer wishes to undertake some sightseeing or tourism on the weekends with
tourism operators out of Savusavu, there is a local bus that goes into Savusavu, a 4 hour
journey each way.

The bus leaves the village 5am and arrives in Savusavu 11am
The bus leaves Savusavu 1pm and arrives back in the village 7pm

If you wish to stay on in Fiji for some R&R please refer to page 10, under ‗Optional Tourism‘.


9. Accommodation

There will be 2 large 6 man tents supplied with 2 Tarpaulins.

There will be most likely cold bucket showers.

There will be separate sleeping arrangements for men and woman unless you would like to
make separate arrangements once in the village.

The local Fijians use hurricane lamps (an oil lamp or candlestick with a glass dome to keep
the flame from being blown out).

There will be a secure place for any valuables.

Bring your togs and snorkels. You may be close to the sea or fresh water pools depending
on the area that you are building in.

If any volunteer wishes to stay at a Hotel or backpackers in Savusavu on the weekend, this is
at your own cost, you can take the local bus and the Habitat Fijian staff will be more than
happy to help you with this.

10. Food

Meals will be provided and cooked on site by a paid Fijian cook. You will be eating tinned
meat, especially corned beef, some fresh fish and there will be plenty of fresh fruit &
vegetables such as Cassava (the local root vegetable like a firm potato ), Mangos, Dahl and
the village children will be happy to source you a coconut or two from the trees. Food will be
plentiful.

You will be supplied fresh bottles of water to last you for the 2 weeks.
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If you have any special dietary requirements you need to inform us; every effort will be made
to accommodate such but there may be extra costs involved, and some items may not be
able to be met.

There is no means for refrigeration meaning perishable food is limited, there may be days
when you are eating mostly canned food and rice etc.
Time permitting we will arrange a brief visit to Savusavu to shop for refreshments snacks and
purchase local SIM cards, if you get a chance we recommend that you bring in your own
favourite snacks from NZ or if you get the chance stock up on arrival in Nadi.

        For snacks we suggest:
        Nothing Perishable
        Sachets of cordial to add to your water for some variety
        Muesli / snack bars
        Dried fruit
        Dried noodles
        Tinned fruit (can be cooled down in the river)
        Biscuits (not chocolate as they will melt)
        Packets of chips


Alcohol is prohibited in the village; there will be opportunities to try kava if you wish. It is not
wise to drink any local Fijian home brew as this is not pasteurised and can result in severe
alcohol poisoning. In extreme cases this could lead to death.

There are some smaller shops in the village about 1 & ½ hours away but they only stock the
basics and it is likely they won‗t meet your needs. If given the chance we would strongly
suggest you buy what you need for your fortnightly stay in the village, before you get there
and then stock up again on the weekend in Savusavu if you wish.

If any Volunteer wishes to undertake tourism or visit Savusavu or other locations on the
weekends, all meals (food and drinks) not taken in the village home base are at personal
cost and are not included in the HFHNZ Volunteer Cost.

11. Insurance

Volunteers are required to arrange and separately pay for their own travel insurance. You will
need this to cover potential losses on the trip, whether bags, cash, cards, personal
belongings or other. This cost is not part of the HFHNZ Volunteer Cost.

Volunteers are automatically signed up for the HFH International‘s nominated medical
insurer, Chubb Medex. This cost is included in the HFHNZ Volunteer Cost noted below,
based on a two week trip to Fiji. Longer stays will be charged at $5 per day.


12. Packing Suggestions


General Clothing:
      Rain gear / Coat / Shoes
      Hat / sunglasses / Long sleeve shirt / sweatshirt or light jacket
      Sandals / Jandals or flip flops for shower
      Casual for relaxing in evenings & to wear around Fiji when not working.
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    A nicer shirt and shorts or long pants for the evenings
    Ladies need to dress modestly, please try and cover up your shoulders and wear
    clothes to your knees. Skirts and Lava lava‗s are a preference in the village.
    Underclothing and socks for at least 5 days
    Swim suit & towel, snorkel gear, goggles


Work Clothing:
   Work boots for building site / gumboots / or old sandshoes
   Work clothes – Plenty of old clothing.
   Men: Shorts or long pants, short sleeve cotton shirts or t-shirts
   Women: may work in pants below the knee, or in skirts, short sleeve cotton shirts or
   t-shirts, but no sleeveless shirts, singlet or tank tops.
   Bring a Lava Lava to cover up as needed (available in Fiji). In some villages it might
   be inappropriate to wear pants into someone‘s house. It might be nice to purchase a
   Lava Lava from the local community.


Church Attire:
   Sandals or dress shoes
   Men: Long pants, or short sleeve cotton shirt with collar (tie optional)
   Women: Dress or long skirt and blouse, (skirt should be mid-calf length or longer)

Personal Items:


    High protection Sunscreen
    Deet mosquito repellent (other repellents often fail to work). Keep applied at all
    times ( no malaria but there are other bugs )
    Flashlight / Headlamps are recommended.
    Toiletries (no electrical outlets in bathrooms)
    An old towel or two (they dry faster) and washcloth
    Bedding (2 sheets, and an extra one for cover or use as a light blanket)
    Small pillow and pillow case ( maybe travel pillow to free up some space )
    Earplugs are important for sleeping.
    Reading material/journal/writing materials/Bible/devotional material.
    Book or two to read and your iPod.
    Board games and playing cards as there will not be any television.
    Camera with back up memory card and batteries
    Snacks
    Cash for personal spending funds
    Credit Card – there are ATM machines in Savusavu.

First Aid:
    Prescription / personal medicines. ( Please remember to inform your team leader of
    any ailments and allergies you many have )
    Diarrhoea medication (Imodium or other) & gastrolyte, barocca
    Prickly heat powder (if you find you get heat rashes.)
    Small first aid kit, including antibiotic ointment and plenty of plasters. Even minor
    wounds must be medicated and covered to avoid infection.
    Bring cloth style plasters that stay on sweaty skin.
    Anti-fungal powder (body fungal infections are common).
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       Anti-itch cream for bites.
       Betadyne (iodine)
       Antiseptic hand sanitizer – small bottle can be carried everywhere you go
       Make sure you have had your relevant inoculations.
       It is very important to understand and be graceful and very flexible towards the ‗Fijian
       Way‘ of doing things.

   Gifts and Toys:
   The children really don‗t have anything so you may wish to bring simple toys, balls, books
   etc. (team 3 built them a see-saw) You may also want to leave behind some of your work
   clothes or some tools, they would really appreciate them.


13. Tools

It is highly recommended that you bring the following tools:
         Measuring tape (5.0m)
         Ruler and Pencil
         Quality hand saw
         Claw Hammer or two
         Spirit Level
         A tool belt
         Gloves

You may also wish to bring:
     No.3 Stanley wood plainer
     Nail punch (50mm&75mm nails)
     Mitre square
     Bevel gauge
     40mm or 50mm wood chisel
     Pinch bar
     Flat and star screw driver
     Putty knife and scraper

We do not require volunteers to bring any electrical tools as the Fiji village does not have the
capacity to use them. We hope to have a petrol driven concrete mixer and a post hole borer
on site for your use.


14. Other Notes

       There will be a lock box for your valuables in the village. A volunteer left his camera
       on a table in Nadi and on his return it was gone, so please keep your possessions
       safe and hidden especially in Nadi the village is a lot safer.
       It is the rainy season so be prepared for mud, you will wash your clothes in buckets,
       so be prepared for the dirt.
       The Fijian Villagers and Habitat builders have morning prayers every day.
       Do it the Fijian Way and most of all have fun.
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15. Optional Tourism

At the conclusion of the building trip to Fiji, some Volunteers may choose to stay longer and
tour the country or see the local sights.

We will fly you back to Nadi on the main Island of Viti Levu with the rest of your team and
then you can commence your pre-arranged R & R from there on. Ideally this should all be
arranged before travel to Fiji, thus we will have pre-booked your return flights with Air New
Zealand and there will not be additional costs providing your departure date suited the
seating class allocated to the Habitat fares.

Volunteers may also choose to undertake some tourism on a weekend between building
working weeks; all costs of any tourism are not included in the HFHNZ Volunteer Fee.

Fijians generally do not work on Saturday or Sunday. HFHNZ are looking at ways to facilitate
building on Saturday should there be a lot of rain mid-week, such that we may work on a
Saturday to catch up on work, this is subject to permission being granted by the local Village
leaders.

Sunday is very special to Fijians, and NZ Volunteers regardless of varying personal beliefs,
should expect to attend the local Church as a matter of courtesy to the Fijians. No work is to
be undertaken at all on a Sunday, which is the Fijian way. Please respect this.



16. HFHNZ Volunteer Cost

   The HFHNZ Volunteer Cost for a standard two week trip to Fiji is $1,900. This is payable
    to HFHNZ before you travel to Fiji. The purpose of this HFHNZ Volunteer Cost is to cover
    all expenses associated with your working trip. Habitat asks all Volunteers to pay their
    own way, so that Habitat funds can be used for building homes, purchasing of tools,
    equipment and for project management related expenses.
   This HFHNZ Volunteer Cost covers a two week trip to Fiji, and includes:
        Return international airfare Auckland to Nadi on Air New Zealand
        Return Domestic airfare Nadi to Savusavu on Pacific Sun
        Fiji airport Departure Tax when returning to NZ
        Accommodation at the village
        Three meals per day at the village or lunch at worksite
        Medical insurance with Chubb Medex
        Airport transfers and work related transportation in Fiji
        Administration charge for HFHNZ arranging documentation, processing, scheduling
          and medical insurance.
        Habitat t-shirts (it is important to be recognised as a Habitat Volunteer by the Fijian
          villages where you will be building homes).
   The HFHNZ Volunteer Cost excludes inoculations, medications, travel insurance and any
   tourism. Travel by Air NZ from elsewhere in NZ at $100 is payable as an extra.
   The HFHNZ Volunteer Cost is a tax deductible donation; a receipt will be issued to you.



17. Registration Process & Information Required

   All interested people wanting to Volunteer for rebuilding homes with HFHNZ in Fiji, need
   to fill out our online registration form. Please consider this as very important. We do not
   know most of you, or your level of expertise and there are issues of risk mitigation,
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  personal and team security, health and safety, medical insurance and other reasons. This
  is all for your personal safety as well as that of your team members and the Fijian
  community. We trust you understand.

  The following items require completion and sending in to us.

   1) Complete online Registration form.
   2) Go to http://www.habitat.org.nz/index.php/pi_pageid/359 , ‗register now‘
   3) A Photocopy of your Passport inside front cover page, with photo & details
      ( scanned image by email is our preferred option )
   4) A personal CV ( please include any relevant building qualifications )

Contact:
  Devie Milward, Pacific Regional Volunteer Coordinator
  Habitat for Humanity NZ – National Support Centre
  Level 1, Tower 2, 646 Great South Rd. Ellerslie, Auckland.

   PO Box 112387, Auckland 1642
   Ph: 09-579-4111 ext 209                  Fax: 09-579-4112
   Email: DMilward@habitat.org.nz           Visit our website: www.habitat.org.nz



18. Payment Information

   The easiest payment method is to go to our website, http://www.habitat.org.nz/donate
   click on the button which says ―Disaster Response in Fiji‖ under Fiji: Cyclone Tomas.
   Click on ‗Pay your Fiji Disaster Volunteer Cost‘
   Please complete all sections, and in the drop down box at the bottom which gives you
   choices of where to give your donation, please select ―Fiji Disaster Volunteer Cost‖.
   In the box that states ‘if other, please specify:‘ please include:

           Your team name ( if applicable )
           Your first and Last Name
           Your length of stay if other than 2 weeks.
           Whether you require a domestic flight in NZ to get to Auckland

   If you are unable to pay by credit card in the above manner, please call our office on
   09-579-4111 ext 209 and speak to Devie Milward about other payment options.


19. Emergency Contacts

Devie Dalziel: - Pacific Region Volunteer Coordinator - ddalziel@habitat.org.nz
+64 9 579-4111 ext 209         +64 21 890 281

Lou Maea: Pacific Region Manager - lmaea@habitat.org.nz
+ 64 9 579-4111 ext 211     +64 27 283 9224


20. Important Tips about Staying in the Villages

Dress modestly; women must not wear halter tops or bare shoulders.

Always remove your shoes before entering their house or other buildings.
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If other villagers ask you to eat or accompany them, politely note that you are with your host
and would love to visit them at some other time. Remember, Fijians will, out of custom,
always ask you to eat with them or share whatever they have.

Speak softly. Raised voices are interpreted as expressing anger.

Show respect, but be cautious with praise. If you show too much liking for an object, then the
Fijians will feel obliged to give it to you as a gift, whether they can afford to or not.

The Fijians are mostly Methodist / Seven Day Adventist and do not drink alcohol.

You do not work on Sundays due to the Fijian Religious customs.


21. Some Fijian phrases you may find useful

English                       Fijian                  Pronunciation

Hello (casual)                Bula                    (Boo-lah)
Hello (formal)                Ni sa bula              (Nee Sah Boo-lah)
Good morning                  Ni sa yadra             (Nee Sah Yarn-drah)
Goodbye (informal)            Moce                    (Mow-they)
Please                        Kerekere                (Cayraycayray)
Thank you/good                Vinaka                  (vee-nakha)
Yes                           Io                      (ee-oh)
No                            Sega                    (Seng-gah)
Eat                           Kana                    (kah-nah)
Lady/woman                    Marama                  (Mmah-raam-mah)
Man                           Turaga                  (Too-rang-gah)
Child                         Gone                    (Ngo-ne)
House                         Vale/bure               (Val-lay/Boo-ray)
One                           Dua                     (Doo-ah)
Two                           Rua                     (Rooh-ah)
Drink                         Gunu                    (Ngoo-noo)
Food                          Kakana                  (Kar-car-nah)
Church                        Vale ni lotu            (Vah-ley nee low-too)
Shop/Store                    Sitoa                   (See-toh-ah)


22. Mobile Phone Usage & Currency Exchange

Cell phone usage in the village will be relatively limited. Reception is typically poor and often
dependent on your type of mobile phone. If you do wish to use a cell phone whilst in Fiji we
recommend that you buy a local SIM card for a decent price from a Telco agent in Savusavu.

The local currency is the Fiji Dollar (FJD). You can exchange your money at Nadi Airport,
there are ATM‘s in Savusavu or you can purchase the Fijian Dollar before you leave NZ.


23. Country Information
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  A search on Google will bring up many interesting and informative websites to introduce
  you to Fiji, its people and culture.
  One such helpful website is http://www.fijiguide.com
  HFHNZ has a Fijian staff member acting as our Volunteer Coordinator in Fiji. They will
  pick you up at the airport, deliver you to the village and assist you with any and all cultural
  and language understandings necessary during your stay in Fiji.
  The Wet Season is Between November and March.


24. Photos

Please be respectful when taking photos of Fijian people. Please ask for their permission
first.

We are always very grateful to receive your photos. If you have any photos, please send
them to us on a CD, we will be sure to upload them on our facebook page or you can do this
yourself by going to the following link http://www.facebook.com/pages/Habitat-for-Humanity-
New-Zealand/206932501046?v=photos#!/album.php?aid=282449&id=206932501046


25. Habitat for Humanity Information

The vision of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is the elimination of poverty
housing worldwide. Operating internationally in over 90 countries, since 1976 HFHI has
housed over 350,000 families and is now housing families at the rate of 65,000 per annum,
with a goal of housing 100,000 per annum by 2013. HFHI also operates in Disaster Relief
focusing primarily on emergency and long term shelter plus water and sanitation.

HFHI is currently responding to multiple disasters in the Asia Pacific region, inclusive floods
in Manila, Philippines, typhoon damage in central Vietnam (330,000 homes destroyed) and
earthquake damage in Padang, Indonesia, Haiti and Chile. HFHI has had considerable
experience in recent years in Disaster Response, namely after the South Asia tsunami of
December 2004, the Pakistan earthquake of 2005, Yogyakarta earthquake of 2006, and
Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar 2008, and more recently, 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and Chile,
and of course the tsunami which struck Samoa last year. Over 600 NZ Volunteers assisted
in building 89 Fale in Samoa between November 2009 and June 2010. Visit www.habitat.org
for more information about HFHI.

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand (HFH NZ) is the national organisation which supports
the housing of families through twelve Affiliates located from Northland to Invercargill. A
National Support Centre (NSC) office is located in Auckland which supports the financial,
marketing, fundraising, administration, global volunteer teams, and provides support and
leadership to the Affiliates. Habitat NZ started in 1993 and has housed 355 families to date.
HFH NZ plays a leadership role in mentoring housing operations throughout the Pacific
Islands, through other Habitat organisations (Fiji) or in partnership with local housing
organisations in other countries.

HFH NZ seeks to be the primary NGO supporting the Pacific communities in partnership with
the NZ Government and other NGO‘s, for the repair and construction of emergency and long
term shelter inclusive of water and sanitation.
Visit www.habitat.org.nz for more information about HFH NZ.
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26. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  What inoculations do I need for Fiji?
  Please go see your local GP or Travel Doctor, and get appropriate advice on inoculations
  and medications. If you have existing medical conditions, please ensure you get your
  Doctors permission to go to Fiji. We understand there is no risk of Malaria in Fiji but
  please obtain your Doctor‘s advice for the recommended inoculations.

  Is Medical Insurance Required?
  Yes. HFHI require all international Volunteers to take our medical insurance with Medex.
  We have a serious commitment to risk management and assume everyone will be willing
  to comply. Enclosed are details of this required insurance. You need to arrange separate
  travel insurance for everything else like baggage loss and other potential things that may
  happen, at your own cost.

  Is Travel Insurance Required?
  No, this is entirely up to you. However we strongly recommend you obtain such anytime
  you travel overseas, including Fiji. Habitat can take no responsibility for protection of your
  personal property, and any loss you may occur Habitat will not be responsible for.

  How will I fit in with Habitat’s Christian emphasis, if I am not a Christian?
  Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organisation who believes in demonstrating love to our
  neighbours. We are ―non-proselytising‖ but do believe in loving people through our actions
  and words. People of all faiths and no faith may join us in the cause of addressing poverty
  housing and in this disaster reconstruction programme in Fiji, but are asked to respect the
  values of the organisation, especially when relating to other team members and the
  people of Fiji. Fiji is also a strong Christian nation and if you go there you are asked to
  show respect to their ways at all times.

  I just want to go to Fiji to help. Is all this paperwork necessary?
  Yes. There are legal, medical, health and safety and risk mitigation issues involved. You
  need to thoroughly complete our online Registration Form and Waiver. If information is
  lacking we cannot let you go to Fiji under our oversight. Please complete our online form,
  so that we know your level of experience, your preferred dates of travel, and provide us
  with a few contacts for us to obtain a verbal reference.

  Do I need to take any tools?
  Yes, we certainly do need you to take hand held tools, however please be mindful that of
  your 23kg limit for 1 checked bag on both air New Zealand and Pacific Sun. Refer to our
  list of tools on page 10 of this manual. Habitat New Zealand are supplying other tools and
  equipment such as: petrol driven concrete mixer, petrol driven post hole borer, electric
  skill saws, electric planer (run off petrol driven generators) etc. Please note; we do not
  require volunteers to bring any electrical tools as Fiji does not have the capacity to use
  them.

  Can I stay and work in Fiji for a longer period than two weeks?
  Yes as long as you stay for 2 weekly increments at a time. We would appreciate this
  immensely, for those of you that can do this. There will be a cost involved (food, etc), and
  we are happy to work this through with you on an individual scenario basis. You will need
  to prearrange this with Devie Dalziel beforehand.
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