Remote Island Teaching in Fiji

A truly unique, raw and exclusive local Fijian experience! This Island lies in the outer regions of the Mamanuca Islands, approximately 1 hour fast ferry from the mainland. It is a volcanic island, with a steep, grass covered interior, rocky coastline and long sandy beaches. You’ll have full access to and will take part in one of the few traditional Fijian island villages left in this region.

Remote Island Teaching in Fiji Project

Project Type

Home Stay Placement | Teaching, Rural Community Care & Development, Healthcare, Island volunteering

Duration

1 Week+

Start Dates

All year round  (Alternative Island program during public school holidays in April, August, November, December)

Location

Manamanuca Island range

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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)

Teaching in Fiji – Background Information

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.  

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.

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.  

Role of Volunteers

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. 
As you will be living within the school compound which is literally on the beach on a small island setting with an approx 3km perimeter coastline, your life will be centered around the school activities and daily rituals associated.  Wake-up with roosters crowing at 5am.  Help in early morning chores and exercise, feeding the boarding students.  Preparing lessons for the day.  Teaching a lesson or two.   Maybe maths, english, sports, geography, you’ll be surprised how much insight you can offer!   The students here are very sheltered from the outside world and take so much away from your involvement in their lives even for a short period of time. 

Transportation

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.

We can arrange return transfers to/from the marina for US$50 if booked in advance.  Just ask while making the booking.  Otherwise you can take a bus or a tax will cost approx US$10-15 from Nadi.  

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

As a volunteer through IVI, you will obtain a large subsidy on the cost of the Ferrys.  The IVI country manager will assist you in the necessary paperwork…

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.

Meals

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.

Other Info

  • 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”

Extra Activities

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.  

Island hopping, snorkeling, surfing, boating, craft making & hiking as the island is mountainous are all options involved. 

Who can Apply?

Anyone can apply but ideally those with a teaching background or construction skills are strongly desired.  This is a ‘raw’ experience with few luxuries so those with an appreciation for this type of experience are necessary.  

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.  It is your choice to advise immigration accordingly.

Donations

For those with the desired and means, the following items are in hot demand on the island school and it would be very much appreciated for donations of any kind.   Contact us if you are able to assist in any way.   Vinaka!

SCHOOL CHILDREN
Bucket hatsDrink bottlesLunch chilly bagsPencil Cases
School bagsToothbrushesToothbrush casesTies
Runners/socksRain coatsRulersBook bags

 

SCHOOL GENERAL
Ink HP 63 Model 3630100 m extension cordCleaning glovesSchool logo stamp
First aid kitLocks and keysLaminatorSchool chairs
Outdoor sunshadePot plant holdersGardening toolsIndoor games
USB’sLaminated postersGlad wrap/tin foilOutdoor paint
A4 sleevesRing BindersRing binder dividersPost it notes
Teacher uniformsTeacher hats

 

SCHOOL CLASSROOMS
Rubbish binsWhiteboardsWhiteboard markersWhiteboard duster
Ball rubber bandsArtwork stringArtwork pegsStapler (w/remover)
StaplesPaper punchMarking stampsStaples
Drawing pinsSellotapeDust pan w/brushDoor mats
ShelvingTeacher stickersComputer cleanerComputer cloth
Box cutterTeacher lanyardsSpray & wipeAll-purpose cleaner
Pen holderEducational postersHand sanitiserSun block
Clocks LCD/analogueHighlightersPencil sharpenersFiling cabinets
Sharpies – chiselSharpies – fineEaselPaper clips
Round metal hooksOutside bag hooks

 

 

SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN
Musical instrumentsMasksMuppetsReading books
Paper platesTarterPlasticineDress ups
RadioSmall jandalsOutdoor learning slidesKids movies
Large reading books

 

 

SCHOOL SPORTS
Ball pumpsFootball vestsWhistleNetball hoop
Tennis racquetsFrisbeesVelcro ball setsCompass
Skipping ropesStop watchFishing line and hooks

 

SCHOOL CRAFT CUPBOARD
Coloured cardGlitterCorrugated cardCraft scissors
GlueGlue sticksPaint brushesWater colours
Coloured paperStickersCrepe paperHighlighters
Ping pong ballsIce block sticksFeathersBalloons
BeadsString – thick and thinElastic thinPipe cleaners
StrawsThin wireFoam ballsWool
RibbonPaper platesFelt sheetsPlastic eyes
ButtonsVelcro dotsDouble sided tapeToothpicks
FurStencilsCorkColoured pom poms
Twink – paper rollCookie cuttersLaceGem stones
Craft stampsInvisible cotton

 

SCHOOL SPORTS
Ball pumpsFootball vestsWhistleNetball hoop
Tennis racquetsFrisbeesVelcro ball setsCompass
Skipping ropesStop watchFishing line and hooks

 

SCHOOL HOUSES
Solar showerCan openerSolar lightsTowels/facecloths
Manicure setSolar torchRecipesPillows
Measuring spoonsMeasuring cupsPepperLaundry powder
Solar chargerReading glasses

 

 

 

 

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