English & Sports Teaching Suva

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

we need you in Fiji

  • Approx 34% of the population in Fiji live below the poverty line
  • Rates for education and literacy are low, making it hard for many local people to find skilled work
  • Lack of adamant nutrition is prominant in Fiji, increased by the cheap imported food available, leading to obesity problems, as well as problems such as type 2 diabetes & micronutrient deficiencies
  • Malutrition is also seen in Fiji, particually with the under 5's, showing signs such as stunted growth and wasting (loosing muscle mass)

can you help?

  • Help staff at various primary schools in Suva & the Coral Coast
  • Teach students your favourite sport- Rugby is popular here!
  • Work alongside a local teacher, giving an extra pair of hands and increasing the students cultural awareness
  • Pick what you teach, from Physical Education, Music, Arts and Crafts or anything else you specialise in

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can you do?

  • Teach English conversational skills, writing, reading, drawing, through fun activities
  • Choose to do sports coaching instead, teaching the children basic rules and strategies of your chosen game
  • If sports coaching, teach the kids on disipline and respect in sporting activites
  • If teaching, assist a local teacher, with daily classes, including computer class and create daily lesson plans

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fiji volunteering sports and english teaching program with IVI

  PROJECT NAME: ENGLISH & SPORTS TEACHING  

LOCATION: SUVA & CORAL COAST (SIGATOKA)

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS) 

  ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE

  MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A

  PROJECT COSTS: US$350 + APPLICATION FEE 

Overview

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.

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.

Location 

Suva, the largest city in Fiji is located in the southeast coast of the island of Viti Levu and is a harbor city built on a peninsula reaching out into the sea. As the commercial hub of Fiji it’s not as touristy as the Nadi area and therefore you’re able to observe the authentic fiji lifestyle.

Coral Coast is noted as the ‘adventure capital of Fiji’ and is located about 1 hour from Suva and 1 hour from Nadi. It is known for it’s incredibly beautiful coast line, tourist beaches and resorts and heaps of activities from 4 wheel drive tours, shark feeding, surfing, rivers & waterfalls, golf etc and is home to the famous Bega lagoon and bega fire walkers. Sigatoka is the gateway to the Coral coast and home to several of our projects.

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
  • Conversational skils
  • 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

Food & 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.

 

Testimonials...

FAQ...

If you love working with children, have bundles of energy and enthusiasm, and want to experience a different way of life, then this is your project! The Fijian people are incredibly welcoming, as are the local children who will be eager to be taught by you.

If you have a love of sports, then why not teach your favourite game?! The children love sports here, and it’s a great chance to teach them about discipline and respect too. For those who are inspiring teachers, then assisting in a local school is a great way to gain some experience, whilst giving back at the same time. 

  • Accommodation  (Home Stays – Sharing with other volunteers)
  • 2 meals p/day (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Arrival Airport transfer to Canggu
  • Return transfers from from Canggu to Seraya
  • In-country qualified healthcare practitioner coordinator
  • ‘Love our earth’ Bali survival kit (what’s in it?   It’s a surprise!)
  • 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
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

The Home Stay placements involve a simple and effective orientation which includes a tour of the local area and an overview of the project including any necessary permits, paperwork and logistics. In most cases you will have 1 to 2 days to ease your way into the culture and settle into your new surrounds before commencing in your designated program.

The Volunteer Center placements also 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. 

For home stay placements, arrival and departure airport transfers are included in the cost of your volunteer program for a pick-up from Nadi to the Nadi / Lautoka areas. 

Transportation to/from your home stay to the placement each day is generally your responsibility, however your home stay family will assist you and ensure you receive local rates for any costs involved. We’ll place you as close as possible to the placement to limit daily travel times. Expect between 5-30 min each way for a small local transport fee (approx $2 p/day). Travelling by bus in Fiji is an experience of it’s own! 🙂

For volunteer center placements, an arrival airport transfer from Nadi to the Coral Coast or Suva is included for pick-ups on Sundays only. If arriving on other days, you’ll need to make your own way to the placement. 

If arriving on the Saturday, you’ll need to book an extra nights accommodation in advance at a cost of US$50 p/night including meals. Travel time by bus between Nadi and Suva is approx 3-4 hours, or 2 hours to Coral Coast. Local travel to the projects each day is included it the cost of the program fee.

You will generally teach for a few hours each day, and will need to create lesson plans for each of your classes.

If you are teaching English:

  • Planning lessons
  • Doing crafts
  • Computer class
  • Conversation
  • English language teaching
  • Level exams

If you are teaching sports:

  • Dynamic activities
  • Teaching sports rules
  • Teaching basics of games
  • Organize sport related activities
  • Play sports with children
  • Teach respect and fairness in sports

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency.

Volunteers based in Nadi & Lautoka can choose from a wide variety of options with Nadi being the main tourist hub for Fiji and the Fijian Islands.

Volunteers based in the Coral Coast can spend the weekends exploring Suva, visiting Colo-I-Suva or Mosquito Island and searching the craft and produce markets in Suva’s town centre. From Pacific Harbour you can organize activities, such as kayaking, white-water rafting, shark feeding, jet ski tours, zip lining and diving.

  • A valid CRB check is needed for this placement.

Fiji is an archipelago of 330 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 30°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!

30 Years Non Profit Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits. Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact. All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points. Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

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