Vorovoro Island, Mali Island

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Bridge the Gap: Vorovoro (BTG) is a small, U.S.-based company that works with the Mali tribe in northern Fiji to identify sustainable and culturally sensitive ways to diversify its livelihood. BTG then seeks to pair those goals with colleges, universities and individual travelers who, through study-abroad programs and voluntourism, can have a mutually beneficial experience with the people of Vorovoro and Mali.

BTG has established a five-year successful relationship with Auburn University and is now ready to add additional college/university relationships as well as the voluntourism component. For the first time, Vorovoro will be open to select visitors in 2018 through BTG’s Open Island project. The island will offer cultural immersion experiences to a maximum of 35 volunteer-tourists per night during July, August and September of 2018. The minimum stay is one week with comfortable camping-style accommodations in traditional bures surrounded by the island’s lush and threatened landscape, hospitality and cuisine.

Bridge the Gap: Vorovoro is the result of a unique longstanding friendship between our Director, Jenny Cahill and Chief Tui Mali, his family and other members of Mali district, that developed when she spent time on the tiny island of Vorovoro in northern Fiji. As the Fijians shared their dreams and goals, Jenny realized these were achievable if a few progress-stalling gaps were bridged. “I came to understand clearly that with the proper investment of time, education, and training, there was no reason why this dynamic and motivated community couldn’t reach its goals,” she says of how Bridge the Gap: Vorovoro began. It was through the development of a close personal relationship, built on mutual trust and respect, that Bridge the Gap’s mission and business model were solidified, and a unique partnership was born.

Bridge the Gap leverages the community’s skills, ingenuity and work ethic in strategic partnerships that support community goals. It also develops culturally rich and hugely enjoyable educational and tourism experiences focused on preserving and promoting local traditions, culture and the environment.
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  • Visiting Vorovoro has been one of the most impactful and meaningful experiences of my life. While there, I was my best self. I not only learned a new culture, but an entirely new way of thinking about...  more »
  • Initially I only booked 1 week on Vorovoro, but I ended up staying 3 months!! Why? The people are amazing - you are on holiday, living on a tropical island with amazingly blue seas, snorkelling, sunse...  more »
  • Need a outboard boat to reach to island. Very shallow water for couple of meters
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