Orphanage Volunteer Fiji

Participate in a responsible orphanage volunteer placements where you’ll provide support to disadvantaged children who have been abandoned or separated from their parents due to tragic circumstances beyond their control.The Orphanage fiji placements will have you working in various children's homes caring for children from new born all the way up to 20 years of age and awaiting adoption. You’ll provide valuable assistance through direct supervised care and general help around the homes.

Orphanage Volunteer Fiji Program

Project Type

Home Stay Placement | Orphanage volunteer Fiji, Childcare, caregiver assistance

Duration

1 Week+

Start Dates

All year round (Arrivals Sat/Sun preferred)

Location

Nadi & Lautoka

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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)

 

Background Information
IVI’s orphanage volunteer Fiji 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 Orphanage Volunteer Fiji 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 orphanages in Fiji are inspirational places 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.

Project Tasks

Upon arrival, all volunteers will be given an orientation to the home, and be introduced to the staff and the children.  Volunteers are able to assist the permanent staff in caring for the children’s needs.  A House Mother who will be in charge each shift, and the other Nana’s who provide direct care to the children.

Volunteers with special skills (e.g. teacher, special education, physiotherapist, occupational therapist) can advise staff of their qualifications and skills and may be able to provide support in line with their field of specialty as needed. Other volunteers can assist with such things as administration, cooking, laundry, assisting school children with homework, and engaging in play time / activities with the children.

As it is important for the children to experience consistency, direct care of the children (e.g. bathing and changing diapers) is to be done by permanent staff and not volunteers.

Daily structure / schedule:

There is a daily schedule in place which is for all of the children to follow, in order to create structure and allow the children to learn discipline and time-management. The daily schedule is as follows:

Babies & Toddlers 

5:00 – 6:00 Wake up & Breakfast
7:30 – 8:00 Devotion
8:00 – 9:00 Activities
9:00 – 9:30 Snack time
10:00 – 11:00 Free time
11:30 Lunch
12:00 – 2:00 Nap time
2:00 Snack time
2:00 – 3:00 Outside activities
4:00 Bath time
4:00 – 5:00 Free time
5:30 Dinner
6:00 TV
7:00 Devotion
8:00 – 8:30pm Brush teeth & feet
9:00 Sleep (LIGHTS OFF)

School Children

5:00 – 6:00 Wake up & Breakfast
7:15 Leave for school
8:00 – 3:00 School
3:00 – 5:00 Homework, chores and then free time
5:30 Dinner
6:00 TV
7:00 Devotion
8:00 – 8:30pm Brush teeth & feet
9:00 Sleep (LIGHTS OFF)

 

What are the hours of work expected of volunteers?

There are no set days or hours of work expected of volunteers. The hours a volunteers works will depend upon the schedule of the children and the availability of the volunteer. During the school term the majority of the children will be at school until 3pm. Volunteers wishing to assist with administration, laundry, cooking, and care of the babies and toddlers can do so during school hours. After school, volunteers can assist the older children with homework and engage with them in other play activities or planned outings.

What is the dress code?

Volunteers should seek to be culturally appropriate in their dress. Dress should be casual and practical (i.e. suitable for sitting on the floor and playing with children). As a general rule, clothing should be modest, nothing too short (to the knee is good) or exposing. Also please note that when entering any home, please leave your shoes outside, and remove your hat if you are wearing one.

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.

Accommodation

Enjoy living like a Fiji local. You’ll have your own single or twin share room within private, clean and safe western style homes. 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 or double/queen if sharing with your partner. Some home stays have self contained flats separate from the main residence. You can choose this option if desired. Internet is usually not included with most volunteers purchasing a temporary 3G plan for their own device.

Meals

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.

Visa Requirements

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.  Therefore, it is your choice to advise immigration accordingly.

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