Childrens Orphanage Volunteering Fiji
Home Stay Placement | Orphanage Childcare
All year round (Arrivals Sat/Sun preferred)
Nadi & Lautoka
IVI’s orphanage volunteering program allows for suitable applicants an opportunity to assist in the care for orphaned children ranging from new-born up to 20 years of age awaiting adoption. Volunteers serve as a supplement to the existing long term care provided to the children through a credible orphanage.
The orphanage is a home established for over 13 years with a strong local presence for serving the community and providing love, care and support to orphaned children of all ages.
The home was set up particularly for young children that were abandoned or disabled. The orphanage holds up to 25 children in total. Some are children who have been abandoned at birth, usually by young single mums and some are disabled. The Orphanage does however, also look after children who have needed to be taken from their parents by the Department of Social Welfare.
The orphanage receives support from local and international networks some (small) government assistance. The orphanage staff are friendly, caring and receive a very small wage. Volunteers are supervised by the staff and will be involved all the activities necessary in caring for orphaned children and maintaining the household.
Responsible Orphan Care
Orphaned children need to form secure attachments to regular carers. Evidence shows that children who grow up in institutional care live with a deep sense of abandonment which in some cases can be exacerbated by short term interaction with volunteer workers.
This center focuses on attachment of orphans only to long term dedicated carers. Of course, it is only natural that children will form strong bonds with volunteers who show them love, care and attention. This bond may include the false hope of adoption in some cases, hence interaction with short term volunteers is carefully managed to ensure the psychological effects of over-attachment are not detrimental.
The orphanage is an inspirational place full of life, love, color and happiness with a strong social presence and acute understanding of the needs of children and necessary governance and support.
Assist the staff in any way possible. Cooking, feeding, playing, getting the children ready for school, bed-time, garden and grounds maintenance, cleaning etc
Who Can Participate
Prior experience with children is desired and volunteers must be prepared to respect the prayer sessions. All volunteers wanting to participate in this placement are required to submit a police report which clears them for participation in activities with minors.
Enjoy living like a Fiji local. You’ll have your own single or twin share room within private, clean and safe western style homes (see pictures below). You will have a place to store your personal belongings, a private bathroom and toilet (where possible – not all placements include this), a fan and single mattress (if sharing a room). Many home stays include a self contained flat separate from the main residence so you can have your own space. Internet is usually not included with most volunteers purchasing a temporary 3G plan for their own device.
Enjoy integrating into a local Fijian way of life. You’ll have the support and care of living with a real Fijian family. We have a dedicated team on the ground and a network of host families and ground operators in various parts of the country.
Meals are included and served at the host family for breakfast and dinner with lunch on site. A typical day may consist of (subject to variation):
- Breakfast – cereal, bread, butter etc, tea, coffee, milo. Volunteers can make their own eggs should they wish.
- Lunch – Volunteers to prepare their own sandwich. Tuna, cold meat, salad, eggs. Some prefer to take left over dinner from the night before for lunch.
- Dinner – Cooked meal (eg. stews, soups, curries, fish, roast vegetables, taro, sweet potato, bread, rice etc.
It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas. Please note that the Fijian government has recently introduced a volunteer visa which has a cost of $190FJD (approx $100 USD) and carries with it some restrictions (eg. additional paperwork/approval to extend beyond 14 days). This is obtained upon arrival. A standard tourist visa applies for 30 days and is free of charge. It is your choice to advise immigration accordingly.