UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Fiji Ecotourism and Sustainability 2021
Program Fee: $895 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: June 9 – June 16, 2021
Credits: 3 credit hours during UGA's Summer semester (details below)
Application deadline: March 19, 2021 — 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 Serua and Naiseuseu, 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.
Students will be split into three different groups of 15 students with one faculty member and one Teacher's Assistant. We will all come together on our first day in the multi-cultural city of Nadi with an orientation and meet and greet of the faculty The next day we will split into our different small groups for the week. Students will get to stay at 3 different types of locations: a Fijian resort, a small family run rustic eco-resort, and a homestay at a Fijian village (Serua or Naiseuseu). We stay at each location for about 1-2 nights. This program combines the resort, eco-resort and overnight homestay at the village to study and experience first-hand Fijian village small island life, traditions, subsistence knowledge, and island eco-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. Be sure to come in with an open mind to experience a new culture and step out of your comfort zone in each location if you would like to get the most out of this incredible program!
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.
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In Nadi students stay at Tanoa International Hotel, a Fijian hotel in one of the nation's major cities. After leaving Nadi, students will stay at The Pearl, a small Fijian resort, then a minimalistic eco-resort called Lawaki, and a homestay at a Fijian village. About 95% of meals are provided during this program.
Program Fee: $895
Program fee includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, insurance, in-country ground/sea transportation, and about 95% 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.
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