Program Details

Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (ANTH/ECOL/FANR/GEOG/INTL 4271/6271) 3 credits
Location:
Nadi, Fiji
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
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 Viti Levu, 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.

Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (ANTH/ECOL/FANR/GEOG/INTL 4271/6271) 3 credits

Setting Description:
We spend our first few days in the multi-cultural city of Nadi with lectures, cultural events, and local field trips in collaboration with the University of Fiji. A typical itinerary includes guided tours of Viti Levu to learn about cultural Indo-Fijian and indigenous Fijian heritages, and eco- and sustainable tourism development efforts on the coastline. We then travel by boat to the remote offshore islands in the Yasawa chain for 4 days, where we combine an overnight homestay with 3 nights at a resort to experience first-hand Fijian village small island life, traditions, subsistence knowledge, and island 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, kayaking, and optional scuba diving, and also to spend time in Fijian villages and participate in traditional Fijian celebrations.
Cost:
$795 Program cost includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, insurance, in-country ground transportation, and virtually all meals. Tuition (HOPE applies and out-of-state or non-UGA students pay in-state tuition) and airfare (optional group rate available) are additional. Students departing directly from the U.S. leave on June 3 and arrive in Fiji on June 5. Students on one of the Maymester Australia and/or New Zealand programs fly directly to Fiji at the conclusion of their

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