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Volunteer with Children in Fiji

Volunteer with and teach children in communities around the Pacific island nation of Fiji

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Volunteering

Program Focus

Teaching

2 weeks from

£1,145.00

Code: FJYW0289P
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Program Information

Discover the Yasawas when you travel to Fiji and volunteer supporting under-resourced local schools and teachers. Assist with teaching and extra-curricular games and activities, supporting local children's educational and personal development. Enjoy island hopping, hiking, scuba diving, dolphin watching and exploring the local waterfalls and beaches in your free time.
Overview
Project Life
Project Details
Free Time
The Team
Dates & Costs

Overview

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.

Highlights include…

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!

Testimonials

"After my first visit to Fiji, I had to return, the country, culture and people have found their way into my heart."

- Steve Catewell, (United Kingdom)

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Students

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Parents

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Life

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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Details

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.

Locally trained teachers are in need of assistance to provide the necessary levels of education to enable local children to hope for a better future. English language skills help provide a link between different ethnic communities as well as being required for a well-paid job. Our teaching and childcare projects provide additional resources to teachers in need.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Life on the Internship

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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Program Details

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.

Locally trained teachers are in need of assistance to provide the necessary levels of education to enable local children to hope for a better future. English language skills help provide a link between different ethnic communities as well as being required for a well-paid job. Our teaching and childcare projects provide additional resources to teachers in need.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Life

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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Details

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.

Locally trained teachers are in need of assistance to provide the necessary levels of education to enable local children to hope for a better future. English language skills help provide a link between different ethnic communities as well as being required for a well-paid job. Our teaching and childcare projects provide additional resources to teachers in need.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Free Time

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.

The Team

Lauren Bird
Operations Manager

Meet Lauren, Our Operations Manager in Fiji. ‘Laurence’ as she’s known in Fiji was amongst our first ever group of volunteers on our Fiji project when it started.

What does she enjoy doing when she’s not working? ”I like to relax and go swimming, or spend time in Silana village, drinking tea with the local families that we’ve come to know, spending time playing with the kids or just sitting round the kava bowl listening to Fijian music.”

What does Lauren think volunteers bring to the project? “The volunteers are the eyes and ears in the classroom every day, enabling us to gather a wealth of information on every single pupil. Some of the best ideas for improving our program have come from volunteers too.

Katie Drakeford
Base Manager

Meet Katie, our Base Manager in Yasawa. She worked for British Colombia’s Ministry of Forestry before volunteering with us in Fiji, her favourite place in the world, and staying on as a staff member.

Katie’s highlights since working for GVI? “Having a chance to learn and experience so many new things and find what I’m passionate about. Also seeing the way volunteers are so positively affected and changed by their experience here – it’s amazing. I also love the opportunities I get to contribute to research projects and to work with the communities.”

What does Katie have to say about volunteers in Yasawa? “The majority of volunteers come with skills and knowledge that greatly contribute to the success and maintenance of the projects. We continuously get new perspectives on our work, which is crucial to our development.”

Daniel Lund
Country Director

Meet Dan, our Country Director in Fiji. A former freelance journalist and travel writer for the Penguin Rough Guide, Dan is quite the outdoorsman. When not working, he enjoys the amazing diving around Fiji, working on his underwater photography and exploring Viti levu on his dirt bike.

What does Dan think volunteers bring to the table? “They both power and define the projects.  Every day we have volunteers teaching and interacting with a few hundred children, volunteer divers surveying reefs and collecting data, hands fixing rainwater harvesting systems and planting vegetables, as well as cooking, cleaning and generally running our little villages.”

Dan’s favourite part of his job? The motivational aspect. “I enjoy visiting the communities we’ve impacted and hearing the villagers talk about the experience they’ve had with our volunteers and projects – this is usually the most significant motivational aspect of my job.”

Emma Miller
Country Expert

Meet Emma, our fiery American redhead. She’s been a diving addict since age 12, which, combined with her studies in sociology and environmental studies, made volunteering on our Seychelles Marine Conservation project perfect for her. “I loved GVI’s combination of diving, marine research, conservation and sustainable tourism”. Obviously we couldn’t let her get away.

‘M&M’ as she’s also known (she’s an addict) makes a mean jalapeño margarita and is often likened to Robin from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ “Only with fabulous red hair!” Our favourite story about M&M – which we have on video – is a monkey stealing her banana in Indonesia, climbing onto her shoulder and proceeding to pee on her whilst eating said banana.

What does Emma love about being at HQ? “During the day everyone is hardworking, committed, and creative.  On the weekends we all get along well and spend our time exploring Cape Town and everything it has to offer!”

James McKie
Country Expert

Meet James, HQ’s social officer. He’s often likened to a minion from ‘Despicable Me’ “It must be because I’m sweet and work so hard…” He decided to join GVI because of our dedication to sustainability, numerous achievements and fantastic reviews. “It was a no-brainer!”

One of James’ claims to fame is that he played golf with Henry Cooper – the only person to ever knock out Mohamed Ali. “I obviously had to let him win”. He also knows everything there is to know about Fiji, eev.ra.thang.

A great story about James is the one about the Man Overboard alarm… Everyone in his group came rushing over, super relieved to find that it wasn’t him, it had just been a practise alarm. “I’m still confused about why, out of an entyre boat load of people, they assumed it was me who had gone overboard…”

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Our Impact

Location

Fiji Islands

Our programs here are based in two stunning locations. One in the Yasawa Islands, a chain of rugged islands, known for their white sand beaches and crystal clear lagoons. A 5-hour journey from the mainland, our base is on Nanuya Lai Lai Island, on the edge of a picturesque blue lagoon. The second is in the Dawasamu District on Viti Levu, remote and known for its proximity to Moon Reef and its resident pod of Spinner Dolphins. Based in the villages of Silana and Natalei, this is a perfect location to experience true Fijian life, in an amazing region defined by dense jungle, volcanic mountainsides and the tribal culture of Tailevu Province.

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