Primary School English & Sports Fiji

You don't have to be an experienced teacher to become a volunteer teacher in Fiji. All applications are welcome! Experienced teachers are also very welcome. Help broaden the awareness of children from poorer backgrounds

Primary School English & Sports Teaching

 

Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

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Background Information

In Fiji, the public school curriculum is quite limited with socio-economic issues and geographical distribution of ethnic groups providing very limited variety of other cultures and experiences.   Most locals on Fiji can’t afford to travel, and in the villages there is little chance of contact with the outside world. The young population are in much need of assistance to broaden their awareness.

Volunteers experience life in both rural and urban areas, which is quite different from the average journey followed by a tourist. Volunteer teachers enable students to form relationships with someone from another culture, and the teachers can learn different teaching methods and techniques.

Sports education also plays a crucial role in the lives of the young Fijians, with Rugby being the most popular sport.  Fiji has over 700 primary schools and 150 secondary schools spread across both the public and private sectors.

Project Overview

Mainly, volunteers assist the regular schoolteacher. So volunteers do not need to have any teaching background.  However qualified teachers are very much in need and encouraged to apply.   The volunteer will teach and educate through various sports to different age groups of children in different levels. The participants are free to be creative.

Teaching volunteers may choose to focus on the Physical Education, Music, and Arts and Crafts or expertise of volunteer. You will teach primary school students. As a teaching assistant, you will follow a customized timetable. If you have artistic skills, you have the opportunity to teach music or arts and crafts. You will be spending part of your day in a formal teaching setting and, therefore, you will have to follow the Fijian Ministry of Education’s formal dress code.

Project Tasks

Volunteers will help teach and educate primary school children of different ages at different academic and physical levels.  Tasks may include but are not limited to;

  • Planning lessons
  • Doing crafts
  • Computer class
  • Conversation
  • English language teaching
  • Level exams
  • Dynamic activities
  • Teaching sports rules
  • Teaching basics of games
  • Organize sport related activities
  • Play sports with children
  • Teach respect and fairness in sports

Accommodation

Accommodation is in a dedicated house for volunteers with shared bedrooms 3-6 persons per room (single gender rooms) and private bathroom per room.    Living with other volunteers in a dormitory-style house is heaps of fun and a great way to meet like minded travellers. The volunteer houses are in close proximity to a basic supermarkets, ATM, fresh fruit and vegetable stands, petrol stations and bus stop.

The houses can accommodate up to 20 volunteers at a time. The bathrooms are shared with western style toilets and hot showers. The accommodation is equipped with free Wi-Fi which volunteers are able to use.  Laundry services are available for a small fee.   Bed linen, fans and mosquito protection are all provided.   We recommend volunteers bring their own towel.  The rooms are lockable and there are also safety deposit boxes available. 

For couples or those wanting more privacy, private rooms in the volunteer house are available for an additional US$140 per week, subject to availability.

Meals

Meals are served at the volunteer house 3 times per day during the week; breakfast and dinner only are served during the weekends. There is also filtered water available at the volunteer center.  Bottled water is readily available in Fiji.  If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.  You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy. 

Sights & Surroundings

     Sigatoka sand dunes

     Kila Eco Adventure Park : enjoy high rope course, a leap of faith and a giant swing.

     Scuba and snorkeling

     Tavuni Hill Fort

     Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course

     Sigatoka Market.

     Arts Village at Pacific Harbour: Enjoy the foot bridges, the water-lily ponds, the pathways, the Fijian bure and experience how life was in the olden days which is one and hour drive.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas upon arrival at the airport.  We recommend all participants to inform immigration they are a tourist (not volunteer).   We provide further information in our project welcome pack and can step you through any details necessary. 

  • If you state ‘Holiday as the main purpose of your stay, you’ll be granted a 90 day visa upon entry at no cost.  
  • If you state ‘Volunteering’ as the main reason for your stay, a “14 day stay” will be stamped on your Passport.  You’ll then need to apply for an extension and pay a fee.   You’ll then need the following;

          1. A supporting letter – our ground operators will provide.
          2. A copy of return flight ticket- from the participant
          3. 190 FJD extension fees- to be be paid by the participant

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Bula, Lauren! The trip to Fiji was really amazing and rewarding! Highly recommended to people of all ages!! Thank you for offering me such a wondering experience of a lifetime. The whole arrangement by IVI was perfectly smooth and we were well-informed of the dos and don’ts before the journey started. Special thanks to you as you are very helpful …

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