Trip Details

Travel to the beautiful and exotic islands of Fiji and take part in tasks designed to support the country’s under-resourced and under-developed schools and teaching staff. Whether you have experience or training in teaching or not, you are certain to gain a huge amount from this volunteer and teaching project.

With both support and guidance from our Teaching Centre you will be able to work in a relaxed environment where you will learn from experienced teachers who are able to thrive despite the limited resources they are able to work with. Not only will you help these teachers in lesson, but you will also assist in extra-curricular activities.

Although English is one of Fiji’s official languages, most of the local children that you work with will be more used to speaking Fijian, or the Fijian Hindi language. Although education is not compulsory in the country, 99% of Fiji’s children do attend elementary school since it became free 8 years ago.

As Fiji continues to become more urbanised, being able to speak in the English language is becoming more and more important. Often being able to speak this language is one of the key factors for those students looking for quality employment, both at home in Fiji and abroad.

The Volunteer Teaching Experience in Fiji will provide volunteers with a unique experience and perspective from among Fiji’s local communities. As you work with indigenous Fijian communities you will have the chance to get fully immersed in the local culture, whilst supporting children in their day-to-day education and helping them to develop and prepare for their future prospects.

As well as the incredible teaching experiences on offer with this project, volunteers will also enjoy island hopping, scuba diving, wildlife watching and exploring. Fiji is a beautiful country that offers endless joys to visitors and locals alike.

Aims & Objectives
The objective is to teach and educate the different age group of children in different levels. The participants educate the children in different ways, as they feel fit.

 

Trip Itinerary

Your TRU Experience
As a volunteer on this project you could teach a range of subjects, including English, Maths, Science and PE. If you have other interested or specialties then you can also arrange extra-curricular activities. Drama, Art and Music, for example, are very popular with the local children.

Volunteer teachers on this project usually start their time by working alongside the local Fijian staff; this helps them to get introduced to the children and culture, whilst also helping you to understand the best ways to communicate with staff and the children you will work with. By assisting in lessons and running fun and interactive tasks – like games and music tasks – you will be able to develop both your confidence and the confidence of the students you will be teaching. In the same way that you will be interested in the local culture, the children will also be keen to learn about you and your life – get ready to ask and answer a lot of questions!

This project is as diverse as it is rewarding. Not only will you gain incredible teaching experience in a beautiful country, but you will have the chance to learn from the other volunteers you work with, and from the local teaching staff too. You will also experience Fijian life, learn some new language, and get the chance to make a big difference in these children’s lives.

Whatever it is that you decide to teach, you can be certain that the impact you have will make a difference to these children for a lifetime.

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