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Due to a shortage of local teachers in Fiji, the project aims to provide kindergartens with international volunteers to help with large classes. Finding additional help locally is difficult because most Fijians can’t afford to travel around the island, especially to isolated villages.

Most classes are quite large so it’s very challenging for teachers to give each child the individual attention they deserve. Therefore, international volunteers are highly valued for their dedication and commitment to these children.
Location of the Project:  Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks
Arrival Airport:  Nadi International Airport (NAN) OR Suva Nausori Airport (SUV)
Volunteer Work:  Child care
Age:  18-45
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 10 international volunteers

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared dorm-style rooms
Food:  Three meals per day Monday to Friday and two meals per day on the weekends
Airport Transfers:  Included on arrival day
Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Orientation:  One-week orientation includes tours, basic language classes, and cultural enrichment activities such as painting and carving lessons.
Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, international and domestic airport taxes, weekend meals, personal expenses, visa (if required)
Fiji's capital of Suva is a port city located on the island of Viti Levu. As the largest city in the South Pacific, it has become the country's commercial, administrative and political center. This bustling metropolis sits on a hilly peninsula with Suva Harbour to the west and Laucala Bay to the east. The only relatively flat section of the city is Victoria Parade, a thin strip of land where most of the restaurants, cafés and shops are located.

Suva'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.
Orientation Week (Included):
This jam-packed orientation will familiarize you with Fijian culture and customs. You can expect a city tour of Suva with visits to the fresh produce market and the famous Suva Harbor. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn basic Fijian and participate in a carving and painting class. Before the week’s end, you will have experienced a wide range of exciting activities to get you ready for your placement. 

From Week Two:
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:
  • Teaching basic English
  • Planning activities to help with English skills
  • Playing games with the children
  • Organizing dynamic age appropriate activities
  • Developing students’ conversational skills
A typical day: You can expect to volunteer around five hours a day, Monday to Friday. Your days will begin at 8:30 am with English lessons and recreational activities. After lunch, you will help with the lesson plan 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. The holidays for 2017 are as follows:
  • Term 1 Break : 22nd April - 7th May (full closure)
  • Term 2 Break:  12th August - 27th August (Kid's Club)
  • Term 3 Big Break:  25th November - 16 December 2017 (Kid's Club)
  • Full School Closure: 16 December 2017 - 14 January 2018
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 Suva with four to six volunteers per room. Each room has a wall fan and a bathroom with hot water and a Western-style toilet. There are also refrigerators at the accommodation for your convenience. The distance between the accommodation and the kindergarten varies depending on your assigned placement (some are nearby while others are up to 30 min. away). Please note that if you prefer a private room, you can upgrade for an additional fee (inquire upon registration).
Food:  Three meals a day are provided during the week (Monday to Friday) 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 the project's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age18
  • Desire to work with children 
  • Basic English language skills
  • Police clearance form 
Optional Extras (costs not included):
If you choose to stay in Suva for the weekend, the center offers a variety of activities, including: 
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Mountain hikes
  • Beach walks  
  • Visits to the market town of Suva
  • Snorkeling (with instructors)
  • Diving (with instructors)
  • Cycling
If you are interested in a specific excursion, please ask the local coordinators upon arrival. Fiji is a great Island with lots of interesting tourist sites. Your coordinator can give you helpful information and suggestions when you arrive.
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