The luscious forests and mountainous backdrop of the Dawasamu District and the stunning white sandy beaches of the Yasawas make volunteering in Fiji a truly stunning and unique experience.
At both of our project sites this program aims to support under-resourced local schools and teachers assisting with teaching, games and activities both inside the class and out.
Working with indigenous Fijian communities, we provide the opportunity to become fully immersed in local Fijian culture whilst supporting local children through their education and improving their future prospects.
Teaching children and seeing them progress, exploring Fiji to see beautiful sights, island hopping, hiking to waterfalls, dolphin watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, traditional ceremonies, beautiful beaches, climbing volcanoes, enjoying breathtaking scenery, meeting inspirational people, making lifelong friends, loving Fiji!
We are always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to join our team. This project offers qualifying and high-performing volunteers the chance to stay on the project for a longer duration on a GVI Scholarship free of charge and as part of the staff team in the field. If you would like to work towards a field career and make the very most of your time abroad, you might want to work towards a place on a GVI Scholarship. Successful scholars may find themselves offered full time employment with GVI, and many of our current staff have come through this route. Contact us for more information! Please note, the awarding of scholarships is at the sole discretion of GVI and may be offered immediately after the completion of your program or at a later date.
GVI is real volunteering
With this program running in two separate sites, you might be able to request your location of choice. However our projects are constantly evolving according to the needs on the ground at any given time and our Country Expert will be able to advise which project requires the most assistance at the time of your booking. All the information displayed here will give you an overall feel for the project, but you should be prepared for any changes in the field when you travel. An evolving project means that we can constantly meet the needs and requirements of our partners, who dictate the work that we do. The way it should be.
Morning assembly usually marks the beginning of the day followed by a teachers' meeting to discuss the plan for the day. The rest of the school day will be spent focusing on teaching, organising and running activities and providing assistance to other teachers.
You will stay in basic dormitory accommodation with a communal kitchen and work area and living space to relax with fellow volunteers. In the evenings the team will gather to eat and share stories, meals are cooked by teams on a rotational basis.
For weekends you will be spoilt for choice in this beautiful exotic location. Snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking and island hopping are just some of your options to explore.
Our local partners, the community and local council have specifically requested our assistance with English language teaching, mathematics, sports education and arts.
As local teachers are under-resourced there is an immediate need to provide them with assistance and additional English language resources.
In assisting teachers with lessons, you will help improve the education of disadvantaged Fijian children.
How this project makes a difference:
Locally trained teachers are in need of assistance to provide the necessary levels of education to enable local children to have access to greater future opportunities. English language skills help provide a link between different ethnic communities, as well as increasing employment. Our teaching and childcare projects provide additional resources to teachers in need.
After my first visit to Fiji, I had to return, the country, culture and people have found their way into my heart.
I just recently returned home from our education project in Fiji. I knew that this was going to be an adventure that I would never forget buy what I didn't know was how it would change my life. After living in Fiji for over a month I realized just how easy my life was compared to the Fijian people's. They truly do not have anything they do not need and are surprisingly the most welcoming, polite and friendly people I've ever met. Once I returned home I made a decision that I was going to come as close to living like their life style as I possibly could. 1 week after my arrival back home I had sold half of my wardrobe and nearly all of my possessions. With this money I received from selling my possessions, I decided I will use it to pay off my remaining debt, so that I will be able to continue traveling the world and helping children in different cultures/countries. The reason I'm writing you is to,thank you for the opportunity you've giving me to experience this completely new and exciting time in my life. Before I left for Fiji I didn't really know what I wanted to do with my life, now I have a strong sense of direction. I firmly stand behind GVI and every thing it stands for, Again thank you for this life changing opportunity. I hope you consider my request and regardless of the outcome I WILL be involved with GVI for many years to come!
Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.
Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with GVI. Our field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Fiji!
Optional Side Trips
Fiji is a beautiful and exotic destination where you will find picturesque beaches, world class dive sites, and Fiji’s famous culture of hospitality and warmth. As an island nation, many of your potential activities are water based!
Starting locally, in the Yasawas you could try island hopping around the 20 volcanic islands. These remote islands are characterised by white beaches, crystal blue lagoons and dramatic rugged hills, some with summits 600m above sea level. In Dawasamu, just a short boat ride away you can visit the famous pod of dolphins that reside all year round on Moon Reef or hike into forests and swim in hidden waterfalls.
In the water, if not on our expedition and not dive qualified, enrol in a scuba diving course to the dive the various world class sites in Fiji, home to abundant marine life, colourful corals and steep drop-offs. Get lucky with your dive, and visibility can exceed a massive 40m. But if you want to experience this closer to the surface you can snorkel in the crystal clear Pacific Ocean. And for some simple good old fashioned swimming, visit the Sawa-I-Lau limestone caves off the north coast of Nacula Island, one of the most famous natural attractions in Fiji.
Further Travelling Opportunities
A little further afield, the possibilities just keep on coming. Explore the town of Nadi with its bustling market, nearby hot springs at Sabeto or get a feel for the local atmosphere at a rugby match. Fiji’s capital city, Suva, is a city known for its relaxed atmosphere, energetic nightlife, large farmers market and atmospheric port. Here you can visit the Fiji Museum where you can find ancient tribal artefacts, one of the best exhibitions on tribal art in the Pacific, or read up on Fiji’s cannibal past. From Pacific Harbour, join a river safari into the heart of Fiji or dive with bull sharks in Bega Lagoon, one of the world’s most famous shark dives.
Staying on dry land, you might consider a trip to Sigatoka National Park where you’ll find a miniature desert of rolling sand dunes or a more relaxing option would be the Coral Coast and the Kula Eco Park, Fiji’s only wildlife park.
Build Your Program
- Pre-departure support and discounted services
- 24-hour emergency phone
- Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
- Arrival orientation
- Long term experienced staff
- Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
- All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
- Welcome meeting
- Location orientation
- All necessary project training by experienced staff
- All necessary project equipment and materials
- 24-hour in-country support
What's Not Included
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Personal kit
- Additional drinks and gratuities
- Extra local excursions
- International and domestic airport taxes