Internship with Children in Fiji

Make a lasting impact on a student's life through teaching English and other life skills in Fiji.

Program overview

Interns will be based initially at our main base in the Dawasamu District on the east coast of Viti Levi Island. The traditional villages, dense jungle, mountains, and beautiful coastline of the area makes a truly amazing environment in which to live and work.

Working in local rural schools and also in surrounding communities depending on the requirements at the time, applicants focus on providing educational activities and supporting classroom activities. Due to the long duration of the internship project, applicants will have the opportunity to really make a huge different in the early developmental stages of these local children's lives.

After the 12 week training phase conducted on our volunteer project sites, successful candidates will start a 12-week work placement with a partner organisation or assist the field team in the operation and management of our own projects. With both pathways, applicants work alongside professional teams, gaining valuable experience throughout.

This internship offers the opportunity to gain additional qualifications and experience in a teaching environment, offering a fantastic starting point for developing a career in education.

This internship 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 and Training

Things to do

Applicants 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, applicants 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.

Applicants need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives. Applicants 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.

Applicants will need to be fluent in English.

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.

Applicants 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

Applicants 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 applicants 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.

AFSNext seal of approval

This program is implemented by a trusted organization within the AFSNext partnership community and has our full endorsement. While not managed or operated by AFS, it maintains the same exceptional quality standards, which are set by a network of experienced international non-profits operating within the international education field.