Kindergarten Volunteering Sigatoka

Encourage children to learn and grow creatively. Be embraced by and become an important part of the local community.

Kindergarten Volunteering Sigatoka, Fiji

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

This project gives you the chance to encourage children to learn and grow creatively. Apart from teaching them language and communication skills, you have a unique opportunity to spend time teaching the local children.  You will be embraced by and become an important part of the local community.  Help the children grow their confidence and learn better English.

Police check and working with children checks are required

Project Overview

Due to the shortage of educational personnel, the main objective of this program is to assist teachers in class (4 to 7 year olds) with activities and share ideas about the lesson plan.

Program Activities

  • Teach basic English
  • Plan activities for the understanding of English
  • Playing games with the children
  • Organize dynamic age appropriate activities
  • Develop students conversation skills
  • Help children relate to the English language

The volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Kindergarten Plan, including running educational games and group activities, providing emotional support, and helping to improve the quality of life for those living in deprived communities.  Volunteers with an open mind, an optimistic attitude who are curious to discover a new culture will fit best with this project.

Location

Sigatoka is ideally located and only one and half hours drive from Nadi airport and about 3 hours from Suva (the capital city).   With incredible beaches, lush rainforests and loads of activities, it’s regarded as the adventure capital of Fiji.  From 4 wheel drive tours, shark feeding, surfing, rivers & waterfalls, golf etc, Sigatoka is also the home to the famous Bega lagoon and world famous bega fire walkers.  Surprisingly, Sigatoka is not overly touristy with most Fiji tourists sticking to the Nadi , coral coast, and surrounding islands.  You will definitely have a real Fijian experience.

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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