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PROJECT NAME: REMOTE ISLAND TEACHING
LOCATION: MANAMANUKA ISLAND RANGES
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
* Please be aware, this project only runs in school term times. The dates for 2023 are as follows:
Term 1: 6th February – 5th May
Term 2: 22nd May – 25th August
Term 3: 11th September – 8th December
Volunteer on a remote island in Fiji, where the views are stunning from every direction. This is an incredible placement where you can experience in depth the authentic Fijian Island way of living. After presentation of your offering (Kava ceremony) you will be welcomed into the community to live as an honoured guest.
The placement is centred around the local public school where approx 100 students from kindergarten through to grade 6 come to learn each day. The school receives very minimal government funding and there are substantial needs in all areas of educational assistance, school resources, community development, infrastructure and vocational support.
The volunteers tasks are varied and acceptance into the program will be based on individual applications. Volunteers will need to be self sufficient and competent enough to see areas of opportunity and to assist as appropriate. This is a challenging and raw experience where you can truly make a positive impact and likely gain an appreciation for the simple things in life.
The role of volunteers will involve working with the remote island school teachers and coordinators to design fun and interactive lessons which enable alternative teaching methods and intercultural learning. As the Fijian school curriculum is very standard, having volunteers provides new ways of viewing the world which benefits the kids by providing alternative ways of thinking.
Volunteers need only to bring a positive attitude and willingness to experience the true Fijian culture. You must be willing to go with the flow. There are many customs which are ingrained within the Fijian culture that you will not change overnight. Volunteers need to be open and accepting of the culture, beliefs and operational systems with a view to help by providing alternative ways of thinking in a constructive non critical way.
This island paradise has extensive views over fringing coral reefs and green-blue tropical seas. It’s a medium sized island (approx 10km in diameter) with cliffs and rolling hills for amazing hikes with views out to surrounding islands where for island hopping or snorkelling. With approx 800 native Fijian inhabitants (some of whom have never seen a car!) Many inhabitant’s work on the local tourist islands. The village’s main source of incomes is handicrafts, pottery and shells, with the local people otherwise relying on subsistence farming and fishing.
- Teach basic English
- Playing games with the children
- Get creative with drawing, making presentations, painting and crafts
- Develop students conversation skills
- Assist with daily chores, and family activities with your hosts
Food & Accommodation
You will live within the large gated school compound where individual family residences exist for the school staff and their families. You’ll normally be provided your own room or sharing with another volunteer. Bedding is usually a mattress on the floor. It’s clean and comfortable, but no frills. The houses are light and airy right next to the ocean but very basic, with normally a living area, sleeping area, kitchen and adjoining bathroom.
Electricity is a luxury on the island and small solar lamps are used for the evenings. This means, tv’s radio’s, fridges etc are limited. You’ll be able to charge your laptop or mobile device no problem. You’ll also have a safe place to store your belongings.
Please note – Many things that we take for granted in our homes are not available on the island and living conditions are very basic. Borehole water is used for washing and toilets and rainwater is used for cooking and drinking. Toilets are western style and waterseal. They need to be filled with a bucket of water to fill the cisten before flushing.
Fresh fruits and vegetables can be quite scarce on the island so it’s recommended to bring a small offering of rice, flour or long lasting vegetables (ie. cabbage) with you along with some snacks for yourself if desired. You will have plenty to eat, but the variety of options will be less than other home stay placements.
Breakfast would normally consist of tea with homemade pancakes, bread and fruit if available. The pancakes are very similar to donuts and very yummy!
Lunch and dinner would mostly consist of fresh fish, chicken, lamb or tinned food. This placement will be difficult for vegetarians who do not eat fish.
*Remote Island Teaching
*Remote Island Construction
- Woman & Children’s Commune
- Orphanage Childcare
- Special Needs School
- Animal Shelter
- Disaster Mngt & First Aid
- Koroipita Construction
1 Week - $395
2 Weeks - $555
3 Weeks - $715
1 Month - $895
2 Months - $1545
3 Months - $2195
1 Day Orientation
24/7 In-Country Support
Project Materials & Equipment
Pre-departure Expert Advice
Preperation Tools & Checklists
Certificate of Completion
Although a beautiful island- it is very remote and there will not be the luxuries you may be used to. This project would suit anyone wishing to get off the beaten track and who doesnt mind going back to basics in terms of food and accomodation.
This project also allows you to fully integrate yourself into the local community and to really feel like you’re part of the family. You can go to church, explore the island with the kids and eat with your host family. This would suit anyone who wishes to get out of their comfort zone and truly experience a different culture.
- Accommodation (Home Stays – Sharing with other volunteers)
- 2 meals p/day (Breakfast & Dinner)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea daily
- Full day orientation & training + cultural sightseeing
- In country 24/7 coordination & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
No specific orientation is offered on this project due to the remote location. If you did want to get to know your environment a bit more before you start your project, you could book an extra night on the mainland and join an orientation in one of our other locations.
The Volunteer Center placements have a 1 day orientation or you can choose to do a dedicated orientation week to get you familiar with the Fijian culture. Orientation is hosted in either Suva or the Coral Coast depending on where you’ve chosen to stay. It begins on the first Monday morning of your volunteer program and includes an Introduction to Fiji, culture and customs, local excursions, cooking and art, rules and expectations, safety, introduction to the project and placement.
Included in the cost is an arrival airport transfer from Nadi airport to the marina if heading to the islands directly. In most cases however, you’ll stay with a home stay in Nadi or Lautoka for 1 or 2 nights before making your way to the island.
The cost of transfers from the marina to/from the island are not included however we get you the locals discount which brings the cost from approx US$110 return down to approx US$40 return.
There are 2 ferry trips to/from the island daily departing from Port Denerau each day;
- Departing Ferrys – 9:15am and 3:00pm
- Returning Ferrys – 10:15am and 4:00pm
You will generally teach from around 8am to 4pm each day (this can vary), and will need to create lesson plans for each of your classes, which you can share and discuss with the local teacher.
Generally you will be:
- Planning lessons
- Helping with morning chores before school
- Doing drawing and crafts
- Basic conversation lessons
- Basic phrases, animals, colours, greetings, transport, food, etc
- Playground games
- Teaching through singing, dance and music
You are located on a proper Fijian remote island in the Manamunca island range. Island hopping to local tourist resort islands is the most likely past time for volunteers in this region. This is truly a unique placement as foreigners are not allowed to visit the island without express consent from the island chief. As part of the volunteer arrival you must bring Yaqona (Cava) as an offering to the chief.
The following documents are required 33 days prior to project start date (so the local team can get approval):
- Police Clearance
- Passport page
- Vaccination Card
- Local Customs – We will help you source some Yaqona (approx US$15) for “sevusevu”. This is the traditional way of going to the village. Yaqona (Kava) is taken and presented to the village chief to get his blessings for you to stay on the island.
- Medical – A resident nurse and health centre is located on the island. For emergency, helicopters can get to the island and to Lautoka hospital within an hour
- Dress – A dress code will apply mainly to females when in around the villiage. They will need to wear dresses or long skirts or “sulu”
- School Holidays – Alternative options exist during school holidays in April, August, November, December
Fiji is an archipelago of 333 tropical islands. It’s one of the most developed Pacific Island economies however, a chronic lack in investment and under-employment pose obstacles to sustainable and equitable economic growth in Fiji.
More than 250,000 people in the Fiji islands live in poverty and many more Fijians live on or just above the poverty line. Efficient delivery in health care, in education, in work opportunities and other social services are incredibly difficult in Fiji.
A great disparity exists between the working class communities and the multi-national owned tourism resorts which represent approx 25% of Fiji’s Gross domestic product. Sadly, much of the wealth generated from this sector does not filter down to the local communities.
IVI have a well established program in Fiji build by local Fijian’s with in depth understanding of the local needs. We have a have a variety of skilled and non skilled volunteering options for anyone seeking to live like a local far away from the trendy monotonous tourist resorts.
Fiji enjoys a hot and humid climate year round. Average temperatures range from 25°C to 33°C.
May to October is considered one of the best time to visit, as it’s the dry season. The wet season is from November to April. The island will recieve heavy rain, but in short outbursts. In July and August, temperatures can fall to as low as 18°C, making it a pleasent time to visit for those who enjoy cooler weather!
The Fijian people have a strong sense of their own culture and customs and highly developed sense of honor. The locals are generally very friendly and welcoming. Within Fijian villages, tribal alliances are still intact and money does not play a significant role in their daily lives. Visitors are not always accustomed to the slow work pace (they call it “Fiji time”). Do not worry too much about this, just go with the flow!
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