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Sigatoka is most well-known for being a part of Fiji’s Coral Coast – a beautiful area on the west side of Fiji lined with beachside resorts and hotels. Sand dunes are also nearby, as well as the Kulukulu village and Kula Eco Park, making this a lively tourist destination. This area is also known as Fiji’s adventure capital, since there are thrilling activities to join such as four-wheeling adventures, surfing beaches and even the chance to feed sharks!
Fiji’s residents are extremely multicultural, with an increasing number of Indo-Fijian, Australians and New Zealanders. Aside from the locals, the capital frequently hosts a number of Asian sailors on leave and university students from around the Pacific.
There is a deep appreciation for the international volunteers who come to assist teachers in kindergarten classrooms. As a volunteer, you will be placed at one of the many kindergartens in need of assistance, to help care for the children, alleviating the daily pressures on the teacher.
Your duties as a volunteer may include:
A typical day: You can expect to volunteer around five hours per day, Monday to Friday. Your days will begin at 9:00 AM with English lessons and recreational activities. After lunch, you will help with lesson planning for the next day. Weekends are free.
Holidays: During some holidays, the children will be out of school and the project will not be running as scheduled. During this time, volunteers will be primarily involved in cleaning tasks, renovations and leading the Kid’s Club.
Please Note: It is not possible to book any dates which overlap with the full school closure. Two weeks before examinations, some of the schools may not have regular classes, as the students will be busy with revision. The volunteers will then be responsible for helping with revision or join in the renovation and cleaning project.
Internet: WiFi is available at the center.
Laundry: Laundry service is provided for a small additional fee.
Accommodations: You will stay in a shared dorm-style room at a center in Sigatoka with four to six, single-gender volunteers per room. There are refrigerators at the accommodation for your convenience and the closest supermarket is just a five-minute walk away.
Food: Three meals a day are provided during the week and two meals a day are provided on the weekends. Breakfast is Western-style and lunch and dinner are typically Fijian-style and on occasion Indian or Western. There is also a local supermarket, a five-minute walk from the center where you can purchase snacks and additional food items.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Optional Extras (additional fee)
If you choose to stay in Sigatoka for the weekend, the center offers a variety of activities and destinations, including:
If you are interested in a specific excursion, please ask the local coordinators upon arrival. Fiji is a great island with many interesting tourist sites. Your coordinator can give you helpful information and suggestions when you arrive.