Volunteer with Children in Fiji

Empower Fijian kids to find new opportunities through serving as a teacher's assistant.

Program overview

The aim of this community project is to support under-resourced local schools and teachers through the provision of volunteer assistance with teaching, games and activities both in and out of the classroom. This opportunity allows volunteers to build up a bond with the local children and community members while being fully immersed in Fijian culture.

Locally trained teachers are in need of assistance to provide the necessary levels of education to enable local children in order for them to have access to a wider range of opportunities post schooling. English language skills help provide a link between different ethnic communities, as well as increasing employment. Our assistance has been specifically requested by local partners, the community and local council and we endeavour to provide them with the assistance they most need.

This expedition requires a full time commitment. Depending on your length of stay volunteers can expect to have a few free weekends to explore the surround islands and local sights.

Where you'll stay

During your project dates your accommodation and food are included in the project cost. The base is located on the in the Dawasamu District on the east coast of Viti Levi Island. Accommodation is basic and you will be sharing in mixed dorm rooms with bunkbeds. There is limited running water. Food is basic (rice, pasta, potatoes with fresh veg orders once a week). Volunteers take turns preparing the daily meals in the communal kitchen. There is limited mobile reception.

Activities & Training

Things to do

Volunteers are welcome to organize side trips for their free time or pre or post their project experience. All associated costs and travel expenses are not included in the project fee and need to be factored into the volunteer's own budget. Fiji is a beautiful and exotic destination with picturesque white sand beaches, world class dive sites, and Fiji’s famous culture of hospitality and warmth. As an island nation, many activities are water based! Starting locally, just a short boat ride volunteers can visit the famous pod of dolphins residing all year round on Moon Reef, hike into forests and swim in hidden waterfalls and visit one of Fiji’s famous island resorts.

With many local dive shops in the area, volunteers can complete their PADI Open Water course and take advantage of the endless diving opportunities available.

Fiji’s capital city, Suva, is only a few hours from all our project sites, known for its relaxed atmosphere, energetic nightlife, large farmers market and atmospheric port. The old historical capital of Fiji, Levuka, makes for an interesting day trip and is accessible by ferry and small boat and located on the nearby Ovalau Island.

Orientation and Training

Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.

Good to know

Application requirements

All volunteers are encouraged to learn more about local history, culture and customs before travelling. All training will be taught in the field.

This expedition requires a full time commitment. Depending on your length of stay volunteers can expect to have a few free weekends to explore the surround islands and local sights.

Volunteers need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives. Volunteers need to be physically fit and healthy as they will be hiking long distances daily. As a result of the basic living conditions volunteers need to be flexible and able to work well in teams and people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Volunteers will need to be fluent in English.

Volunteers need to submit a criminal check not older than a year by the time of the project start date

Health and safety

The nearest emergency medical facilities are located in Korovou Town (40 minutes away from base by car). For major emergencies volunteers are taken to Suva Private Hospital in Suva. We have emergency procedures for all foreseeable events, the staff are first aid trained and you will receive a safety briefing on arrival.

Please note we cannot provide specific medical advice. Please consult your primary care provider (doctor, GP, etc.) or visit a travel clinic for further information.

Volunteers are asked to be forthcoming about any health issues before you begin the program as failure to do so may have serious consequences for the individual, the staff and other volunteers, including possible removal from the project.

Logistics

All the most relevant and up todate in formation can be found in our field manual.

Volunteers meet on the project start date at 06:30 am at Nadi Bay Resort, Martintar, Fiji.

We recommend flights are booked for the day before the project start date and we suggest volunteers stay at one of the following accommodation options:

Aquarius Fiji (Program Meeting point)
17 Wasawasa Road.
www.aquariusfiji.com.
Tel: +679 9922672

Smugglers Cove Wasawasa Road.
www.smugglersbeachfiji.com
Tel:+679 6726578

Nadi Bay Resort Wailoaloa Road, Martintar.
www.fijinadibayhotel.com
Tel: +679 672 3599

Bluewater Lodge (must book directly)
Newtown Beach
Email: bluewaterfiji@connect.com.fj
Phone: Tel: +679672 8858

At the end of the project volunteers will be transferred back to Nadi and we recommend departure flights are not booked before 12:30 that day.

Additional Information

VISA'S:
In order for you to enter the country with the correct visa for your volunteering duration it is very important that you take into account the following requirements:

For volunteers intending on staying in Fiji for less than three months :
When entering the country please state that you are volunteering with us. You will be issued a temporary 14 day visa that we will then convert into a Limited Authority to Work visa. To do this we will need you to provide a staff member at your welcome meeting with:
- Your Passport
- Proof of your departure flight (scheduled for departure in under 3 months time)
-$190 Fijian Dollars (105USD)
- Hard copy of your Criminal Record Check (translated into English)

For volunteers or interns intending on staying in Fiji for more than three months:
When entering the country please state that you are volunteering with us. You will be issued a temporary 14 day visa that we will then convert into a Short Term Work visa. To do this we will need you to provide a staff member at your welcome meeting with:
- Your Passport
-Proof of your departure flight (scheduled for departure in under 6 months time)
- Hard copy of your Criminal Record Check (translated into English)
-$670 Fjiian Dollars (364USD)

Please be aware that due to immigration requirements for volunteers, failure to adhere to any of the above requirements may restrict your ability to take part in our program or significantly reduce your time in country.