What happens if a program is cancelled?
If a program session is cancelled due to low enrollment, participants will be notified in advance. A refund will be applied to your account or, if participant decides, a credit can be applied towards the next available session. In the case that the program is cancelled, it is advisable that you purchase travel/trip insurance protection to cover for the flight portion of your travel plans.
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Where are JCT4Education students from?
All over the world! JCT4Education is proud of hosting the FIJI SAT and Service Immersion Project with an international and multicultural background. We take great pride in the diversity of our students and life experiences. (Click here to see an interactive map)
What service projects will I work on and how are the projects identified?
Rustic Pathways works with local community leaders and organizations to identify and prioritize the needs of each community.
What costs are not included in this program?
Personal gifts, Internet, phone calls, and snacks are not included. All other costs (accommodation, meals, in-country transportation, and activities) are included.
Can Rustic Pathways cater to specific diets on this program?
The Eco lodge can cater to most specific diets including but not limited to vegetarian, vegan, gluten and lactose free, as well as peanut free cooking.
What is my membership with HX Global?
HX Global is one of the world’s leading providers of medical evacuation and travel services. All students will have access to HX Global benefits through Rustic Pathways’ membership.
As a member you will have access to HX Global’s extensive travel information database to help you make informed decisions prior to travel. Additionally, all travelers who travel outside their country of residence will have access to medical evacuation support during their program. For more information please visit our HX Global webpage.
What immunizations do we need to get for this trip?
Please consult with a travel doctor or your family physician for immunization and other medical recommendations, based on the area(s) where you will be traveling and on your own medical history. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, please visit the HX Global and Centers for Disease Control websites for country specific information around immunizations and traveler’s health. Please let us know if you have specific questions.
How often will I have the chance to do laundry?
Laundry can be washed by hand at any time. It is best to pack without the expectation of doing laundry. Laundry can be sent out once a week for $25-$50 a load depending on weight.
How often will I have access to email and phones?
Students can call home in the morning of a program before class start and the program departs for the day’s activities. Local phone cards typically offer the best rates (about $5 for 15mins) and students can purchase these when in Fiji. Students are not allowed to use cell phones during scheduled program activities.
Safe arrival emails will be sent out when students settle in country. Students will have the opportunity at least once a week to check the Internet in town.
What kind of food will we be eating?
The Eco Lodge has its own resident chef and team of cooking staff. Participants will eat a combination of local Fijian dishes and more western-style dishes. Breakfasts typically include cereal, breads, eggs, crackers, and fruit. Lunches and dinners range from traditional Fijian lovo feasts of chicken, cassava, and dalo (root crops similar to potatoes) to barbeques, pastas, stir fries, curries, salads, and vegetables. Vegetarians can easily be catered for, and most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
What will the accommodation on this trip be like?
The Eco Lodge consists of a main house with kitchen and activity space and several small houses that sleep six to eight participants on bunk-beds. Participants share rooms with others of the same gender and one same-sex staff member. Each house has an attached bathroom with solar powered hot water showers, sinks, and flush toilets. There is an infinity-edge swimming pool, soccer field, small weight room, and pool table.
What is the weather like?
The weather is an average of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Mornings and evenings tend to be a little cooler so a light jacket is advisable. Rain is not likely but can occur.
What sort of electrical voltage adapters do I need to bring?
Fiji operates at 240 V and uses plug I, the same as in Australia and New Zealand. You will just need a plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances.
Can I bring a cell phone?
Participants are allowed to bring phones on their Rustic Pathways program, but must abide by our cell phone policy. Participants will not be allowed to use their phones during group activities, nor at any other time where it is disruptive to the group dynamic. If participants are unable to abide by this policy, disciplinary action may be taken.
What water will we be drinking?
Rustic Pathways uses sterilization techniques to ensure that all drinking water for participants is potable and safe to drink. We ask participants to bring reusable water bottles in order to reduce plastic usage.
Is your staff certified on First Aid?
The program will have leaders who are certified in First Aid and CPR. Some of our program leaders are also certified as Wilderness First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Wilderness EMTs, or Life Guards.
Which areas does this program operate in?
This program operates on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu. This program will be focused in Momi Bay.
How long is the flight to Fiji?
Fiji is 10 hours by air from Los Angeles.
Will there be a flight leader to Fiji?
A staff member will accompany participants on the group flight to Fiji from Los Angeles. Participants will meet their staff members at the departure gate in Los Angeles. Our program staff will greet participants when they arrive at the Nadi Airport in Fiji.
Do we need to get visas for the program?
US citizens do not need a visa for entry as a tourist into Fiji. On arrival into Fiji, immigration will issue US citizens with a tourist visa for entry into the county. No prior arrangements for US citizens are needed. If you are not a US citizen click here.
Will the tips and tricks they learn in SAT class hurt their math skills for University?
No. SAT classes focus on careful analysis of questions and determining the best method for solving the problems. Our strategies will make the student a stronger University student.
Should my son/daughter wait to take their higher level math courses in Junior year before studying for the SAT?
No. The mathematical concepts tested on the SAT are basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry. Most of what students learn in SAT class is reviewing content they already learned but have forgotten or re-teaching content in which they have weaknesses.
Can I request a roommate?
Yes. Both students will have to contact the program coordinators to make the request in writing.
How will the recently announced SAT changes affect my son or daughter’s test preparation?
Since the redesigned SAT will not launch until spring of 2016 most students will not be affected by the changes.
For those students who will be taking the test in spring of 2016 or later, the SAT strategies and content they will learn in class will be the same strategies and content they will need to do well on the redesigned SAT.
Many of the strategies they will learn in class, such as prediction and finding evidence for their answer, will be even more valuable on the redesigned test.