Primary School Teaching Vanuatu

Volunteer Teaching Overseas

Give back on your next overseas adventure by spending time in schools equipping children of various ages with intercultural learning which they'll carry with them for life! You'll work within under-privileged communities where the school teachers are under-resourced and in desperate need of a helping hand from volunteers with a western education.

Teaching in Vanuatu

Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival airport transfers
  • Orientation
  • All ground transportation
  • Accommodation – Volunteer Guest House (Shared rooms)
  • 3 quality meals per day
  • 24/7 in-country support & emergency assistance
  • Training & guidance from qualified local staff
  • 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

Many schools in Vanuatu suffer from a lack of government funding which reduces opportunities for young children to reach there full potential.   In this program, you’ll volunteer within a primary school or pre-school in the villages surrounding Port Vila.

You’ll have the option to pick pre-school or primary school.  Pre-school is perfect for volunteers of all backgrounds as you’ll engage in playful activities with the kids and encourage creativity and confidence.   The primary school volunteers will assist teachers in developing lessons in English and other subjects as well as assisting the slower learners in small groups or one to one.

The mornings are generally spent in the classroom, with the afternoon preparing for next day’s lessons.   As an honorable guest of the school you will be welcomed by hundreds of smiling and appreciative enthusiastic faces.    The areas were we work are typically under-privileged so you can be assured that your assistance is greatly needed.   You’ll be encouraged to be creative and design lessons to suit your personal interests or background in language, sports, arts, hygiene, disciplines etc. 

Who Can Participate in the Outreach Program

Anyone can participate in this project so long as you enjoy working with children and are open minded with lots of energy and enthusiasm!    Volunteers with a background in teaching or student teachers are particularity needed. 

Accommodation

Cover.jpg 300x225 - Primary School Teaching VanuatuAccommodation is in a dedicated house very close to the beach!  Volunteers will share a bedroom with up to 2-4 persons per room (single gender rooms).   There is WiFi included in public areas, laundry facilities (at small additional fee), lockable rooms, hot showers, bed linen, mosquito protection and fans included.   Volunteers are requested to bring their own towel.    Living with other volunteers in a dormitory-style house is heaps of fun and a great way to meet like minded travelers.  The volunteer house is in close proximity to a basic supermarkets, ATM, fresh fruit and vegetable stands, petrol stations and bus stop.

For couples or those wanting more privacy, private rooms in the volunteer house are available for an additional US$150 per week, subject to availability.

Meals

3 quality meals per day are included for the duration of the program.   Meals will be authentic to Vanuatu mainly consisting of coconut based curries, dahl, fish, rice, fresh fruits and labob which is a local dessert. 

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.  A standard tourist visa applies for most countries and allows you 30 days in the country.   This can be provided upon arrival into Vanuatu. 

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Fiji Islands Teaching Review

Dear Lauren, “Honestly, I’ve done lots of mission trips during these six years but this trip was the special one, the best one ever!” Thank you! I’m now back in Finland but terribly missing Fiji and my students. Can’t wait to come back for longer term next year!  It was my first time being a teacher in another country and …

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Island Teaching in Fiji Feedback

Hi Lauren! Sarika and I just wanted to say thank you so much for organizing such an amazing volunteering experience.  The remote island teaching was such an incredible way to get involved and help others. We truly could not have asked for a better experience. We will definitely volunteer through IVI again! Oh yes I was definitely looking forward to the …

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Island Teaching in Fiji Review

  Highlights of the trip: Flip and I did not realise how AMAZING this experience would be! We formed such close bonds with all the teachers and students and they seriously felt like family by the end of the week. We will 100% return. They are such happy, positive, fun people to be around and we learnt just as much …

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Special Needs Support Program Fiji

Highlights of the trip: Spending time with my host family, getting to know the staff outside of volunteering, and working with the children at the school site. Comments on the team, food and accommodation:  Everything went well. Everyone was eager to make me feel welcome and to assist in any needs as they developed.  Any improvements to help us be …

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Kindergarten Teaching in Suva, Fiji

It was a very busy first week in the kindergarten with parents and quest speakers in the classroom everyday so there wasn’t much for the volunteers to do with the kids, but was still lovely to be back there. By far my favourite part of the trip was the village tutoring in the afternoons. I had a small group of …

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Primary School Teaching Suva Review – 2016

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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Remote Island Teaching Program Testimonial Fiji – 2016

  Last week was one of the best weeks of my life, ever ……. it was hard, hot, uncomfortable and a bit challenging at times but incredibly rewarding. What an amazing school. We have come back with a very long list of very much needed items, so if you feel compelled to help out after seeing these photos please PM …

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Island Teaching with IVI Fiji Review – 2016

Hello dear thank you so much for the certificate and the program that you motivated me to attend. The remote island definitely has changed my life. There might be some brazilians contacting you in the next months (I hope so) Sorry for the late response, I came back to Brazil from Fiji after one year travelling and met a sad …

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Teaching in Fiji Islands Review IVI – 2016

Hi Lauren, I just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for all the organizing you did to ensure that I enjoyed my time volunteering in Fiji. Sadly I’ve been back at work this week and it really makes you miss living so relaxed on Fiji time. Melbourne’s weather is definitely no match as well. I thoroughly …

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Teaching on Fiji Islands Review – 2015

  The program was exactly what I expected. I got to experience genuine village life, away from all the luxuries back here. I definitely enjoyed the daily view of the beach at school! The host family were so accommodating, the teachers were so friendly and the children were absolutely adorable! Masi was a big help, especially with getting tickets back …

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Special Needs School Review Fiji – 2015

In my one month stay in Fiji I spent time in both the orphanage in Nadi and the school in Lautoka. Both places make you feel so at home and the children love having you around. I loved living with the wonderful Fijian host families that make you feel part of their family. Being a volunteer with IVI allows you to …

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Special Needs Fiji Placement Review – 2015

  Hi Lauren! I loved volunteering, the children at the school were so welcoming and happy all the time. I was placed in the junior class, which was quite a challenge as they were often misbehaving, but of course it was so rewarding helping them. I especially liked the teacher, Mrs. Chand, who was so friendly, and she would always …

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