The Mission at Natuvu Creek: Fiji

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Learn about our Fiji Program

(This program is currently not accepting any applications)

Students will have the opportunity to live on the shoreline of this beautiful island while assisting and serving daily at the Mission at Natuvu Creek. Students will work in the local schools in rural areas of Fiji, assist the locals with building and renovation projects, and in general serve the community in any way that is asked of them.

Program Dates

June 5th, 2020 - July 3rd, 2020

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Tuition: $1,745 per unit

Room & Board: $2,280

Program Specific Costs:

  • Visa: $85

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines 

Completed IP Document Submission Form, including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 17, 2020
  • Health Clearance Form: due April 10, 2020
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): due April 24, 2020

Course Requirements

5 unit minimum requirement. Students must take both NASC 492 and HUM 295.

Course Offerings 

NASC 492 Selected Topics: Global and Community Health (4)

  • This course provides an introduction to community health with a particular emphasis on those health issues relevant to Fiji. It is designed to be accessible and relevant to students of a broad range of majors and thus assumes no specific disciplinary background; rather it emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary examination of the complex issues that affect health and wellness in Fijian society. During the multi-disciplinary approach to the study of community health, students will examine the set of social, cultural, biological, and economic issues most central to shaping health and quality of life in Fiji and will identify parallels and differences between these same issues in the United States. Through class discussions, experiential learning, and focused reflections, students will explore relevant community and health issues in Fiji as well as understand the opportunities and difficulties in implementing solutions for these issues. Students will put course content into practice in a community health setting by actively participating in the services offered by the Mission at Natuvu Creek in Fiji. These services include medical services, health and wellness education to local communities, working in local schools, and/or various community outreach projects. Through these community interactions, students will not only engage more effectively with course content but will also gain an understanding of how cultural differences can shape policy and practice when crafting solutions to global public health issues.

HUM 295 Enriching the International Experience (1)

  • This course is designed to enrich the student's international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience. Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only.

Faculty in Residence

Dr. Donna Nofziger Plank

Associate Professor of Biology, Natural Science Division, Seaver College

Office Location: RAC 126

Office Hours: Coming Soon 



Last Updated: 11.13.19