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FIJI 2023

Trip Cost: $4,299
Anticipated Dates:
Fiji June: June 10 – June 24
Fiji July: July 8 – July 22



Fiji is known for its beautiful beaches, lush vegetation, and rich cultural traditions. However, in recent years, Fiji has experienced the devastating effects of climate change. In 2016, the northeast corner of Viti Levu was severely hit by Cyclone Winston, damaging homes, roads, crops, and coral reefs. Youthlinc now works in the small village of Narikoso located in Mataso District in the Province of Ra (about 1 hour from Rakiraki, Fiji). This village was directly hit by Cyclone Winston and is still recovering years later. There are approximately 180 villagers who are primarily subsistence farmers growing bananas, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, corn, cucumber, beans, and root crops.

One of our main projects is to build bathrooms onto existing homes to improve sanitation. Currently, 3-4 families share a bathroom facility with a toilet and shower. Last year, the Youthlinc team funded 8 bathrooms and we will continue to build more bathrooms every year. We couldn’t have the impact we do without the guidance of our In-Country Coordinators, Shahana Didar from the Rotary Club of Suva Peninsula Sunset and Pastor Tomasi Tokalauvere, who have been instrumental in coordinating everything from transportation to construction materials. But don’t worry, we don’t only work hard, we take time to play by visiting Voli Voil beach and snorkeling on Nanauira Island.

Read the details about our 2019 Team Projects

In-country Coordinator


Sylvia Jessen

I was introduced to Youthlinc in 2015. I went on my first Youthlinc trip in 2016 to Kenya. I was hooked and went to Kenya 3 more times. In total I have been on 11 trips, 4 of which were to Fiji. Youthlinc provides a very unique service experience that will change your perspective of what makes life comfortable and acceptable.

I am a mother of 4 and Oma of 13. Many members of my immediate and extended family have been on Youthlinc trips. I am looking forward to share the Youthlinc experience with you all!

Kate Gehmlich


 My name is Kate Gehmlich, and I’m a pre-medical student at Weber State University! I have been to Thailand (2019) and Rwanda (2021) with Youthlinc, and I can’t wait to do more! I’m so excited to be the ATL for Fiji June, and we’re going to have such a blast!

Easton Bowring


This is Easton Bowring and I will be team leading the Fiji July team. I’ve been involved with Youthlinc for quite some time. I went on my first trip as a humanitarian to Peru in 2015 and returned the following year as an alum in 2016. In 2017 I served as the assistant team leader to Kenya. Each of these trips brought new adventures and experience that I will treasure forever. In 2021 I had the opportunity to serve as a member of the Annual Benefit Committee. My original plan was to go to Fiji in 2021 as a mentor, but due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to go. I’m looking forward to being able to go this year to learn and grow with the community there. I’ve loved my involvement with Youthlinc and hope to create a fun environment and team in order to allow each participant to have a unique experience of their own. I recently graduated from SUU and am now working full time. In my limited amount of spare time, I love being outside, playing pickleball, doing random DIY projects and traveling.

Sammi Snyder

Hi! My name is Sammi Snyder. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Utah studying Biology and Psychology. I first got involved with Youthlinc in 2019. I went to Peru in the summer of 2021 and fell in love with the program. I went to Vietnam last summer and am so excited to be going to Fiji as an Assistant Team Leader this year!

I am also a Real Life Intern at Evergreen Jr. High. I volunteer at Primary Children’s Hospital and coach gymnastics. When I’m not working or at school, you can find me playing guitar, hanging out with friends, listening to music, reading, or camping with family. I’m so excited for this service year and cannot wait to get

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