Fiji comprises a group of 333 islands in the tropical South Pacific with a mixture of Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian, Indian and European influences. The local people are warm, friendly and extremely generous, despite often having little in the form of material possessions and wealth. Fiji is a developing country with an enchanting mix of cultural traditions, strong religious faiths and stunning scenery. Our Volunteers work with a number of community organisations and local schools, where they use skills gained from their own educational background to improve people’s lives.
Teaching placements are in primary and secondary schools, which are basic and have limited resources. Volunteers teach a range of subjects such as English, maths, science, geography and history. Additional duties may include general boarding supervision and assistance with extracurricular activities such as sport (rugby, volleyball or soccer), music and drama. Volunteers work full school days and have some occasional evening boarding work.
Accommodation varies from living in a hostel on site, to staying with a local Fijian family. Food is supplied in conjunction with accommodation and is often eaten sitting cross-legged on a woven reed mat. Fijians eat almost anything at any time. Dalo (or taro) and cassava are root vegetables and, with bread and fruit, are the staple diet in rural areas.
Is it for me?
Few placements offer such a culturally rich experience. Volunteers become immersed in the traditional Fijian way of life while contributing to the local community. It will suit people who are proactive, outgoing and willing to think outside the box. The work can be challenging, the accommodation is basic and the food is quite alternative! With that in mind, the whole experience is guaranteed to be truly exhilarating and enormously rewarding.
Placements are typically rural and are located on the islands of Ovalau and Motoriki.
Tempting as it might be to spend days lying under a palm tree on the white-sand beaches of the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands, the water itself presents its own
amazing wonder with snorkelers and divers being able to enjoy some of the finest underwater scenery
in the Pacific.
There’s also the Namosi Highlands where you can enjoy trekking, rafting and kayaking, surrounded by stunning mountains. Be sure to spend some time in Suva as well, which is a rich melting
pot of ethnicities and cultures.
The old capital on the island of Ovalau is well worth a visit having recently been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.