Trip Details

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.

Trip Itinerary

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:

  • Plan activities for the understanding of English.
  • Playing games with the children.
  • Organize dynamic age appropriate activities.
  • Develop students conversation skills.
  • Help children relate to the English language.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Lesson Planning
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Lesson Planning
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Lesson Planning
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Lesson Planning
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Lesson Planning
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Fiji 🙂

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances***

 

Trip Accommodation

Suva is located on the southeast coast of the island Vitti Levu. It is the capital of the country and the largest most cosmopolitan city of Fiji. Suva has an approximate amount of 86,000 inhabitants and works as a harbour city built on the peninsula. The city has a warm rainy tropical weather throughout the year, which keeps the flora fresh, and the temperature in beach-perfect scenery. This town represents the meaning of a multicultural country. It has so many combinations between European, Indian, Asian and Fijian that every single person seems as interesting as the next one. Make sure not to miss the Fiji Museum to learn more about how the beautiful Fiji came to be. The best part of this multicultural aspect is that you can find Chinese, Indian and Italian cuisines in one place!

Accommodation & Food

Participants will stay at our centre in Suva, yet can vary depending on the project, but will be in shared bedrooms on a single gender basis with 4-6 people per room.

Food Arrangements
Three meals, per day are served for the duration of your trip on Monday to Friday two meals per day on the weekends . We serve breakfast and dinner at the normal time during the weekend. Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner are typical Fijian style.There are refrigerators at the accommodation for the participant’s convenience.

Facilities

  • ATM’s: There are many ATM’s near the Suva House centre which is about a 5 to 10 minutes from the house.
  • Local supermarket is a 5 minute walk from the centre.
  • Personal SIM card for your mobile: You can buy at the local shop.
  • The closest city is Suva about a 20 minute ride by car/bus from our Centre.
  • 5 minutes ride to the nearest Health Centre
  • 20 minutes ride to Suva Private Hospital

Sights & Surroundings
Fiji Museum: This museum offers a great journey into Fiji’s historical and cultural evolution.
Suva Municipal Market.
Oceana Center for Arts and Culture:Arts center at the University of the South Pacific which hosts regular live music, dance and theater, art shows and other cultural events.

Trip Country Info

Fiji

Capital: Suva
Language: Fijian
Currency: Fijian Dollar (FJD)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

Country Information
Fiji is an archipelago of 333 sun-kissed, picture perfect islands tucked away in the South Pacific, close to Australia and New Zealand.

It’s famed for its rugged landscape of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and eco-activities from mountain climbing and surfing to soft-coral diving and zip-lining. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain the lion’s share of the population, meaning much of the country is uncrowded.

The 20th century brought about important economic changes in Fiji as well as the maturation of its political system. Fiji developed a major sugar industry and established productive copra milling, tourism and secondary industries.

As the country now diversifies into small-scale industries, the economy is strengthened and revenues provide for expanded public works, infrastructure, health, medical services and education.

The country’s central position in the region has been strengthened by recent developments in sea and air communications and transport. Today, Fiji plays a major role in regional affairs and is recognised as the focal point of the South Pacific.

Fiji is now home to many other races — Indians, Part Europeans, Chinese and other Pacific islanders living in harmony, and keeping their own cultures and identity. Fijians, slightly over 50 per cent of the total population, are essentially members of communities. They live in villages and do things on a communal basis.

Climate
The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. The warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F).

Rainfall is variable, with the warm season experiencing heavier rainfall, especially inland. Winds are moderate, though cyclones occur about once a year (10–12 times per decade).

Culture
Fiji was first settled about three and a half thousand years ago. The original inhabitants are now called “Lapita people” after a distinctive type of fine pottery they produced, remnants of which have been found in practically all the islands of the Pacific, east of New Guinea, though not in eastern Polynesia. Linguistic evidence suggests that they came from northern or central Vanuatu, or possibly the eastern Solomons.

Before long they had moved further on, colonising Rotuma to the north, and Tonga and Samoa to the east. From here, vast distances were crossed to complete the settlement of the Pacific to Hawaii in the north, Rapanui (Easter Island) in the east and Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the south.

Unlike the islands of Polynesia which showed a continuous steadily evolving culture from initial occupation, Fiji appears to have undergone at least two periods of rapid culture change in prehistoric times.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa