Vanuatu Open Team

Project Full
March 30, 2016 - April 11, 2016
Participation Fee
What's Included


This is Maranatha’s first volunteer project in Vanuatu. A recent tropical cyclone devastated the country and destroyed as many as 53 Adventist churches —and several schools. Now, Maranatha will be helping with a portion of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s reconstruction efforts. Volunteers are invited to construct three church buildings with Maranatha in Port Vila, Efate. We will be building a reinforced building, designed to withstand 200 mph wind loads. Space is limited, and team selection may be dependent on skill level. For more information, download the information packet above.


Construct Three Church Buildings

Children’s Ministry Program

Peter Koolik,
Project Coordinator
Peter Thomas,
Construction Superintendent
Wednesday, March 30
Arrival in Port Vila (VLI)
Thursday, March 31
Work Day
Saturday, April 2
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, April 3
Work Days
Saturday, April 9
Worship with Local Congregation
Sunday, April 10
Local Excursion
Monday, April 11
Departure from Port Vila (VLI)
ARRIVALPlease plan to arrive in Port Vila, Vanuatu (airport code VLI) on Wednesday, March 30. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREPlease plan to depart from Port Vila (VLI) in the morning of Monday, April 11.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to the city of Port Vila, where you will be met by Maranatha representatives. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is still space on the project.

Because you cross the international dateline, you will most likely need to leave on Monday, March 28, in order to arrive on Wednesday, March 30. Most flights will take an average of 20-30 hours to arrive in Port Vila.

Once you arrive in Port Vila, volunteers will travel together by minibus to the accommodations.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle at

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at


When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.


Vanuatu has many beautiful beaches, rivers, and tropical forests. During the project, volunteers will take at least one day to head to the beach where they’ll have the opportunity to snorkel, swim, and maybe even scuba dive. Transportation to the beach area will be provided, but any additional rentals or excursions will be the responsibility of the volunteers.

Vanuatu Facts & Figures


Port Vila (Efate Island)




French, English, and Bislama


63% Local Languages, 33% Bislama


Tropical. Moderate rainfall from November to April.


Protestant 70%, Catholic 12%


Ni-Vanuatu Vatu

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of intended return.
  • Visa upon arrival – one full page needed for entrance stamp.
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.