Tonga 2019 MMC – Private Trip

Trip ID TGMMC19
Departure Date Sat 31st August 2019
Budget Group Airfare – AKL to Tonga Return $760
Trip Cost (accommodation, transport, 3 meals per day, travel insurance, hosting fees) $2450
Building Contribution per person $900
Estimated Total Trip Cost Excluding Building Contribution $3210

Trip Itinerary for Mount College – International Service Trip

Tonga is a beautiful island nation that is in desperate need of help to rebuild homes for families after Tropical Cyclone Gita ripped through Tonga during February 2018.  Over 5 days we will build a family a concrete block house on the island of Eua, just off the coast of Nukualofa.  The trip departs the 31st August 2019 and returns on Tuesday 10th of September 2019.   You will also have the opportunity to go swimming, snorkeling and even whale watching as its the perfect season for humpback whales to migrate.  You may even see a whale from where we stay!

 

Accommodation

Sharing twin/triple hotel in Nukualofa; shared twin/triple room (with ensuite) in lodge on Eua Island with same gender room mate.  1night shared hotel at IBIS Budget Hotel at Auckland Airport on the way home.

Airfares

Based on Air New Zealand group airfare on our trip dates.  Group airfare option available until 29th March 2019.  Sale fares are available from time to time and are of course on a first come first serve basis.  

Catering

3 meals per day on Eua Island and Nukualofa plus water and fruit on building site.  Bring your own snacks.

Transport

Hired vans & boat

Building Contribution

Each person contributes NZ$900 to fund the building materials.

Work you will be doing

No building experience is required on our trips as we teach you everything you need to know.  We will be building a concrete block home (6 metres by 8 metres) so typical work tasks included making mortar and block fill, laying blocks, building trusses and joinery , cutting steel, roofing, all under the watchful eye of our 2 building foremen and project manager.  Everyone works to their own limits and training in tasks is provided.   

Vaccinations

You will need to consult your doctor, however common vaccinations required are Tetanus, Diphtheria, MMR, Hepatitis A, typhoid, flu vax, chicken pox (unless you have had it). Dengue fever and zika are also present at times so DEET-based repellent is recommended. Remember it’s not just you who needs protection – it’s the local kids and families you interact with as well. You will be asked to sign a vaccination confirmation form for you before departure.  Hotels are air conditioned and lodge beds have mosquito nets. 

Visas

No visa required for Tonga for New Zealand and Australian passports however 6 months validity after your arrive back in NZ on your passport is required.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory and must include coverage for volunteer building/manual labour. The cost of our group policy underwritten by Allianz is included in your trip cost assuming no pre existing conditions.  Any pre existing condition premium surcharge will be at your cost.

Trip Guardians

If you are under 18 years old you will need to travel with a trip guardian who is 18 years or older.  

Tonga Excursions

You will have the option to go whale watching (hump back whales).  You may also have the opportunity to swim with the whales.  Approximate cost is TOP300 (approx. NZ$250) and is paid locally.  A swimming beach and snorkeling is a short walk from our accommodation.

Trip Costs exclude

  1. Vaccinations
  2. Any optional excursions (including whale watching)
  3. Meals not specified above
  4. Transport other than what is specified above
  5. Any pre existing surcharge on travel insurance
  6. Personal drinks and snacks
  7. Personal spending money
  8. Return transport to and from Auckland International Airport (being organized by Mount College)

Please note that places are limited on this trip (as limited accommodation on the island) so to secure your place please submit your form now.

Payment

A non refundable deposit of $500 is due on sign up with further payments as per the Trip info sheet.

Trip Itinerary

The team will assemble at Auckland International Airport on Saturday 31st August 2019 where you will depart on your flight to Nukualofa. A Volunteer Build team member will meet you at Tongatapu Airport on arrival, and transfer you to your Nukualofa accommodation. The team will transfer by bus and boat to Eua Island on Monday through to the following Monday to complete the build, and swim with the whales before returning to Nukualofa for one night before heading back to Auckland on your Tuesday evening flight.  FYI Sunday in Tonga is church and rest day.

 

 

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