WWF projects are spread over a wide focal area, it's no different in Fiji. As a volunteer you (a lucky bastard) can get to jump between the projects. I did dive surveys, interviews, scientific writing, popular writing, proposal writing, fundraising, hiking, whale counts, cut out fish shapes as décor for a dance in benefit of turtle conservation, graphic design layout, Earth Hour, community engagements, government engagements, celebrity engagements, workshops, workshops and workshops (with people from about 10 nations) and I even got buried in sand to represent the endangered leatherback turtle – that's a story for another day. I was particularly lucky to be involved with a project (which unfortunately for you has since ended) with international travel, so I worked in Tuvalu and the Cook Islands too. Specifically, I worked in implementing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes in the region, to a wide range of stakeholders. I don't think I will ever, in my life, have such a divergent and fulfilling job. The position in Fiji is also unique in that some of the world's major NGOs are all on the same street. You can go have a curry with the head of another NGO, no problem – so you learn about other organizations too.
Make no mistake, some of the work can be challenging, and even worse, sometimes it's not. But I soon realized that all the work was feeding back into and changing my preconceived ideas about conservation, and I had to think, re-assess and mull over things. In more simple terms, I was learning. I was learning about how the world works, about conservation, about the real world and its constraints, about what I wanted to contribute in my career into this world. That's a precious epiphany, and an invaluable gift – and internships helps form that. Doing volunteer work simply leaps your personal and professional development. In four months, you will learn more than any university can squeeze into a year.
And the fun stuff!
Diving, diving, diving!!! If you've never seen an intact coral reef, you've never lived! And there are loads of hikes, and abseils, and white water rafting and fishing and culture stuff to do. You could live here for years and not even come close to seeing and experiencing it all. But for real, the position in Fiji is based within the capital city, Suva. Its a nice place, nice vibe, nice people, FANTASTIC food. But there is plenty of room for travel, and I assure you you'll see things not in any Lonely Planet, and be outdoors and in the wild, but more importantly, you'll experience what I call the real Fiji, away from the strangling tourists and into the heart and soul of a phenomenal country.