Vanuatu 2020 – July Open Trip

Trip ID VNVB2020
Departure Date 11/Jul/2020
Estimated Airfare – AKL to Port Vila Return from $900
Trip Cost (accommodation, transport, daily breakfast, build day lunches) $1800
Building Contribution per person $900
Estimated Total Trip Cost Including Building Contribution $3600

Trip Itinerary

Thanks for your interest in joining Volunteer Build in Vanuatu to build a teachers house for V2 Life in Eratarp, located just outside of Port Vila.  The school is run by YWAM (Youth with a Mission).  V2 Life started Teouma Christian Academy to respond to the needs of their community.  The school story can be viewed on a short video here. .  Note the NZ teachers in the video are volunteers; the Ni-van teachers are paid staff.  The school has some classrooms but don’t have housing for local teachers – without teachers the students can’t learn, hence the need for teacher housing.

The team will assemble at Auckland International Airport on Saturday 11th July 2020 where you will depart on your flight to Port Vila. A Volunteer Build team member will meet you at Port Vila International Airport on arrival, and transfer you to your accommodation. You will have a day to explore Port Vila on Sunday.  Building starts on Monday.  On Friday the keys to the completed teachers house will be handed over at a dedication ceremony before a fun night at Friday Night Fire.  After tools have been packed up, its a free day on Saturday for some well deserved R & R.  Your flight back to Auckland departs early on Sunday 19th July 2020.


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 a 3 star resort (restaurant and swimming pool) in Port Vila.


Daily breakfast is included along with lunches, water and fruit on building days. 


Hired vans & pick up truck

Building Contribution

NZ$900 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 are also present in Vanuatu so DEET based repellent and malaria tablets are recommended. Remember it’s not just you who needs protection – it’s the local kids and families you interact with as well. If you don’t want to vaccinate 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 holder’s tourist visa given on arrival in Port Vila, Vanuatu (no charge).  6 month validity on passport is needed after 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 sign up.  Budget approx. $150.

Trip Guardians

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

Trip Costs exclude

  1. Return airfares to Port Vila
  2. Vaccinations
  3. Travel insurance premium
  4. Dinners and other meals not specified (lunches approx. $20; dinner approx. $30)
  5. Personal drinks and snacks. 
  6. Personal spending money
  7. Return transport to Auckland International Airport


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