Week 4: Tonga Youth Center

Week 4: Tonga Youth Center

Oct 4 - Oct 11

Postponed - Tonga: Youth Center

Tonga is COVID-free. Entry to Tonga is severely restricted, and only travelers specifically approved by the Tongan Government are allowed to return on periodic repatriation flights, so the trip is postponed until further notice.


In January 2014, Cyclone Ian made landfall in Tonga, causing widespread destruction in the Ha’apai Islands. The cyclone was one of the most powerful tropical storms to strike the Pacific nation. As a result, the Ha'apai Youth Congress (HYC) Center was completely destroyed.

HYC is the only youth organization in the Ha’apai group of islands and has been in existence for 26 years. They have asked Surf For Life to help in the building of a new multi-purpose community conference center that will serve as a meeting place for youth and a communal space to have ceremonies, assemblies and conferences. This space will also provide an opportunity to generate additional income for the youth by renting out the facility. 

Surf For Life funds help support the building of the youth center. Volunteers will work side-by-side with community members, guided by a construction foreman, to help in the various stages of construction.

Project Details

  • Project: Youth Center
  • Project Location: Ha’apai Island
  • Type of Trip: General Volunteer 
  • Minimum Fundraising Commitment: $2,850 ($350 non-refundable registration fee included in this amount)
  • Note: This is a Monday to Monday trip. There is a 60 day cancellation policy for this trip.

Each week requires a minimum of 5 volunteers to run the trip.  Registration fees are non-refundable. To read our cancellation policy, please click here.