All volunteer projects in Fiji begin with an Introduction week packed full of exciting adventures, cultural excursions and interactions.
There’s no denying that Fiji is beautiful but it’s a sad fact that 25%of the population lives below the poverty line. Education can be a way out of this poverty. But for some children in Fiji this isn’t an option if they’re poor, disadvantaged or disabled. Even if they do go to school, their chances are hampered by large class sizes, poor equipment and a lack of qualified teachers. The large class sizes make it difficult for teachers to give one-to-one attention to those who need it most; this is why your help will be invaluable. You’ll help these children to get the start in life that they need.
Working alongside experienced professionals you will support disadvantaged children aged 4 to 5 in the island of Vitti Levu. At Kindergarten learning is more informal – it happens through play, games and songs. You’ll get the chance to encourage children to learn and grow creatively. From helping them to learn English and communication skills to confidence and independence, you’ll make a real difference all while having fun.
As you spend time teaching the local children, you will be embraced by and become an important part of the local community. The children will enjoy learning about you, your life and your interests. The children you’ll meet are warm and affectionate; they’ll welcome you into their lives.
This experience is not just for those who want to be teachers – as long as you have energy, passion and a commitment to improving the lives of young children!
Your TRU Experience
You’ll gain enormous satisfaction from helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you have made a difference to them. All the time you’ll be learning new skills, increasing your confidence – and you’ll come back with a greater understanding of a different culture and invaluable personal and professional development.
By volunteering you’ll make a real difference to the lives of these young children in a short space of time. the way you’ll experience moments that will stay with you for the rest of your life. A truly unforgettable experience.
Throughout the kindergarten project, your main activity will be to teach basic English to the children on a daily basis. The kindergarten project runs Monday to Friday. Weekend days are free to explore the many exciting attractions around the islands of Fiji – perhaps a spot of souvenir shopping or a relaxing weekend spent on postcard-perfect beaches.
Throughout the week, your project objectives and activities will be to:
From Monday to Friday the daily structure is the same. You will spend your mornings teaching at the local kindergarten. After breaking for lunch, you will then have time to prepare the lessons, activities and other plans for the next day before everyone meets at 5.30pm for a group dinner.
Daily itinerary (Monday to Friday)
9:00-11:30 Teaching at Local Kindergarten
13:00-15:00 Prepare lessons for next day