An internal conflict that lasted between 1999 and 2003, left its mark on Solomon Islands, which is still struggling to develop. Because of this, there are a number of volunteering options for those interested in lending a helping hand.
A number of programmes are focused on community-development, which involve teaching various skills and advising the locals, so as to increase their chances of finding better employment and improve their lifestyle. Education is also a big issue in the country, fuelled by a shortage of qualified teachers and adequate resources, so people looking to volunteer their teaching skills are in high demand.
The infrastructure of the country is severely underdeveloped and there are a variety of volunteering programmes that deal with road maintenance and construction, as well as building projects. Legal advisers, health care workers, and people with experience in the tourism industry are also sought after for various volunteering programmes. Programmes are available both in the capital region of Honiara an in the numerous rural communities.
There are quite a number of international organisations that place volunteers in Solomon Islands, so if you’re interested about learning more about this South Pacific oasis while providing aid to the locals, contact one for more information about possible projects. You will need to meet a few requirements, such as having a clean criminal record and being over 18 years of age, and pay a certain fee that will cover your lodging and meals.