All of the available Fiji volunteer projects begin with an introductory week that includes exciting adventures, cultural excursions and the opportunity for travellers to immerse themselves in the local culture.
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.
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.