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Fiji - Teaching Children of the Dawasamu Islands

Experience life in Dawasamu, a region located on the mainland island of Fiji. Teach the local youth valuable skills and knowledge; helping them to create sustainable opportunities for their futures.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectDawasamu Islands, Fiji
Project Length2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 weeks
Arrival AirportNadi International Airport
Volunteer WorkEducation, lesson planning, working with children
Number of Participants8-10
Age18 - 70

What's Included

AccommodationBasic, shared huts on the beach
Food3 meals a day, prepared by volunteers on rotational basis
Support24 hour in-country emergency support
Airport TransfersPickup can be arranged after 8:30 pm the day before starting date. Drop off at Nadi International Airport after the program end date provided.
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival

What's Not Included

Travel health insurance, personal expenses, flights, visas (less than 3 months $105 USD, more than 3 months 364 USD)


Fiji is a country with an extensive history of unrest, but despite its socio-economic, political, and cultural struggles in the past, has now emerged as a stable and well-established country with a lot to offer. It is a compilation of 332 paradise-like islands surrounded by warm, tropical water and beautiful coral reefs.  Volunteers will be placed in Dawasamu, which is a region on the mainland island of Viti Levu, in Fiji. 


About the Project

Education is one of the most fundamental and crucial ways to make an impact on a struggling community. To empower the young generation on the island to grow and develop intellectually and physically would ultimately be giving their community the necessary basics to thrive in the world. This program aims to give the people of Fiji the tools to create a sustainable and rewarding life for themselves and their community on their island. 


Volunteer Work and Contribution

On this project, you will be working with young children from all over the island at the local government-funded school. English is the official language of the school, but is often not the language spoken at home, resulting in a lack of confidence in their English language skills. 

As a volunteer, you will have multiple purposes in the school:

  • Assist the teachers with their work load in planning and executing lessons and giving direct guidance to students in academic subjects such as English, Math, and Science. 
  • Give the students practice and experience conversing with a native English speaker in order to boost their confidence and get them speaking more. 
  • Prepare activities and lessons in Physical Education, Music, and Art – subjects which are included in the required curriculum but are often overlooked. 

Volunteers will be working Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Weekends and evenings you will have off for lesson planning, chores, social activities, or exploring the area. 


Living Arrangements

Accommodations: located on the beach, volunteers will stay in basic dorm style huts for 5 - 10 volunteers (mixed sex). Bathrooms are shared with flush toilets and showers, running water is pumped from a well and is not heated. Electricty is powered by a generator and runs for a few hours each evening. 

Food: 3 meals a day are provided. Volunteers take turns cooking for everybody. Food is mostly vegetarian, with fish or meat available about once a week. Breakfast includes porridge, pancakes, or fruit; lunch usually includes pasta and vegetables; and dinner might include lentils, pasta, vegetables, beans or rice.

Internet: no internet availability on base. 

Laundry: can hand wash laundry on site, or arrange for a local service at about 3 USD per kilo


Travel Highlights

During the weekends, you will be able to travel and explore around the area. Many participants enjoy travelling to other islands in the area for a quick day trip, relaxing at luxurious resorts in the area, and exploring the water with scuba diving. After the program is over, there are even more recommended places to visit, attainable after a day or two of travelling. These include travelling to Taveuni (known as the “garden of Fiji”) or visiting the capital city of Suva. 

Please note: Water taxis are available to transport you to your desired tourist destinations around the island for around $30 USD round trip. Exploration of the nearby area by foot is always encouraged. 


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Working with children police check
  • Criminal background check (must be officially translated into English)
  • English language skills
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Ability to work in a team

Important Notes

Visa:  in most cases, visas can be attained upon arrival at the airport. It is your responsibility to ensure ahead of time you will have the correct visa for your trip.

Dress code: please take into account proper cultural dress when preparing for your trip. Women should cover their shoulders and legs at all times. During laborious work it is acceptable for women to wear trousers, however the rest of the time they should be wearing long sarong wraps. Men should wear sarongs and collared shirts for work and community events; it is acceptable for men to wear shorts or trousers in most other circumstances. An appropriate collared shirt is provided upon arrival for volunteers to wear during work. 

Here's an excerpt of Kendall's experience:


"This summer I spent six weeks volunteering in Fiji teaching the students of Dawasamu Primary School. My responsibilities included improving literacy and numeracy comprehension as well as providing lessons in P.E., music, and art. I’ve never had any experience teaching, but my time spent in Dawasamu Primary School made me open my eyes to the importance of education-- and how taken for granted it is back in my own country."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!


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