Like many other South Pacific island nations, Tonga faces several obstacles, such as weather moods and isolation, which impede its growth and development. Because of this, there a variety of volunteering programmes available to foreigners wishing to lend a helping hand.
Volunteering programmes in Tonga range from community development to environmental projects. Community friendly projects include developing the locals’ skill base, helping with construction projects, or volunteering as a teacher. Health care professionals can also find a wide variety of volunteering programmes. Proficiency in English is needed for the majority of these programmes, and past experience or other skills are also highly appreciated. For environment-oriented programmes, volunteering agencies usually employ the services of specialized volunteers, such as botanists or people with a degree in marine biology.
Your volunteering programme fee covers lodging, usually with a local family, meals, general orientation, and ongoing support. Sometimes, Tongan language classes or various courses, such as diving, or snorkelling, are also included in the cost. Other excursions and activities, as well as insurances, visas, and airplane tickets are not included in the fee and you will be required to take care of them on your own.
There are also a variety of international and highly renowned volunteering agencies, such as the Peace Corps, servicing the country of Tonga, so you should check them out to see what other programmes they might have to offer. Keep in mind that these types of projects are usually long term, even up to two years.