2023 Vanuatu – July Open Trip – FULL

Trip ID VN2023
Departure Date 08/July/2023
Estimated Airfare – AKL to Port Vila Return from $900
Trip Cost (accommodation, transport, daily breakfast, build day lunches) $1900
Building Contribution per person $1000
Estimated Total Trip Cost Including Building Contribution $3800

Trip Itinerary

Thanks for your interest in joining Volunteer Build in Vanuatu to build a school classroom for V2 Life in Eratarp, located just outside of Port Vila.  The school was started to respond to the needs of their community.  The school story can be viewed on a short video here.  https://www.facebook.com/v2life/videos/2500468080044225 .

Fly on Saturday 8th of July 2023 from Auckland International Airport to Port Vila International Airport (or meet us in Port Vila on the 8th of July if you arrive earlier in the week for a private holiday before the build). A Volunteer Build team member will meet you at Port Vila International Airport and transfer you to your accommodation. You will have a day to explore Port Vila on Sunday.  Building starts on Monday 10th of July.  On Friday the classroom will be handed over at a dedication ceremony before a fun night at Friday Night Fire.   Your flight back to Auckland departs early on Saturday 15th of 2023, or you can add on a 5 day (4 night) optional package from NZ$400 twin share which includes a 3 day (2 night stay) in beachfront bungalows on Pele Island and 2 nights (Sat and Tues) in Port Vila, before your flights departs early Wednesday 19th July morning.


On this trip, attendees are responsible to arrange their own airfare from Auckland to Port Vila.  You can arrive earlier or stay on longer than the official trip dates at your cost.  A budget amount for airfare is shown as a guide.


Sharing twin rooms in apartments with swimming pool in Port Vila.


Lunches, water and fruit on building days is provided.  There is a supermarket close by and you can self-cater other meals in your apartment kitchen, or join other team members for dinners at local restaurants.


Hired vans.

Building Contribution

NZ$1,000 per person to fund the building materials.


You will need to consult your doctor, however common vaccinations required are Tetanus, Diphtheria, MMR, Hepatitis A, typhoid, seasonal flu vax, chicken pox (unless you have had it). Dengue fever, zika and malaria may be present in Vanuatu at times, so discuss use of DEET based repellent and malaria tablets with your Doctor. Remember it’s not just you who needs protection – it’s the local kids and families you interact with as well. If you do not wish to have vaccinations, then a Volunteer Build trip is not for you. If you are under the age of 18, your parents will be asked to sign a vaccination confirmation form for you before departure.


For NZ passport holders a tourist visa is given on arrival in Port Vila, Vanuatu (no charge).  6 month validity on passports is needed after departure.  For other passport holders you may need to apply for a tourist visa before departure.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory and must include coverage for building and medical evacuation costs.  Volunteer Build offers a policy through Covermore and a personalized quote will be provided after you sign up for the trip.

Trip Guardians

If you are under 18 years old, you will need to travel with a trip guardian who is 18 years or older.  Signed parental consent documentation will be required to travel.

Optional Pele Island Package

We are pleased to offer an optional add on package for those that wish to stay on after the official build trip has been completed from Saturday 15th of July to Wednesday 19th July 2023.  The package includes 2 nights in Port Vila hotels, plus 2 nights/3 days (L, D, B, L, D, B included) on Pele Island, a beautiful island approximately 1 hour drive and 30 minutes boat ride from the north side of Efate.  Cost from $400 pp.

Trip Costs exclude

  1. Return airfares to Port Vila
  2. Vaccinations
  3. Travel insurance premium
  4. Breakfast, Dinners and other meals not specified (budget guide if eating out for lunches approx. $20; dinner approx. $30).
  5. Personal drinks and snacks.
  6. Personal spending money
  7. Return transport to Auckland International Airport
  8. Optional 5 day (4 night) Pele Island package (will be invoiced separately).

Trip signup

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