The remote schools in the Yasawas are under-resourced and the number of teachers available to teach at these schools is very low. This Vinaka Fiji Volunteering Program supports schools and teachers by assisting with classroom teaching (in English) based on the Fijian National curricular, through classwork, literacy games and educational activities. You will be involved supporting students both inside the class and out. We have identified three main areas for support: Early Education; One on One Reading; Vocational. The age range of the students you will work with will vary from pre-schoolers right through to adult students who are returning to school to make the most of their opportunity for education.
The remote village environment and expected working hours required for the volunteer programs is not suitable for children therefore we have a minimum age policy of 16 years.
- Work with children, teenagers and young adults
- Spectacular island location
- Immerse yourself in the local culture
- Improve future prospects
- Varied educational roles
How you'll make a difference
The local council and provisional government has specifically requested our assistance with English language teaching, maths, sports education and arts with the long term aim to assist in teacher education and training. Working with the Indigenous Yasawa community, this project provides the opportunity to be immersed in Fijian culture whilst supporting locals through their education and improving their future prospects.
LOCATION: Fiji: Yasawa Islands
DURATION: 1 week to 26 weeks
Note: although volunteer programs are available from 1 week, we strongly suggest you consider at least 2 weeks in the field. The longer you spend volunteering, the more value you add and greater the benefit for communities in the Yasawa Islands.
FROM: $1,596 FJD
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- Pre-departure support
- Discounted Services
- 24 hour emergency phone
- Arrival orientation
- Long term experienced staff
- Safe and basic accommodations (dormitory as standard)
- Welcome meeting
- All meals prepared and provided by resort or village
- Location and cultural orientation
- All necessary project training by experienced staff
- All necessary project equipment and materials
- 24 hour in-country support
- Teamwork and leadership experience
- Transfer to base location
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Personal kit
- Additional drinks & gratuities
- Extra local excursions
- International and domestic airport taxes
- Pre-post accommodation
IMPORTANT DATES 2016
School Terms 2016
|TERM ONE||18 JAN - 29 APR|
|TERM TWO||09 MAY - 12 AUG|
|TERM THREE||22 AUG - 25 NOV|
Over school holidays an alternative program is run at the villages.
Public Holidays 2016
|NEW YEAR'S DAY||1 JAN 2016|
|PROPHET MOHAMMED'S BIRTHDAY||12 DEC 2016|
|GOOD FRIDAY||25 MAR 2016|
|EASTER SATURDAY||26 MAR 2016|
|EASTER MONDAY||28 MAR 2016|
|NATIONAL SPORTS DAY||26 JUN 2016|
|FIJI DAY||10 OCT 2016|
|DIWALI||27 OCT 2016|
|CHRISTMAS DAY||25 DEC 2016|
|BOXING DAY HOLIDAY||26 DEC 2016|
Early childhood programs
These programs are attached to each village kindergarten and focus on children from 3.5 years to 5 years old. The aim is to encourage parents as partners in developing an understanding and appreciation of the value of their children attending school.
One on one reading programs
These valuable programs are established in both Naviti District School and Yasawa High School. The aim is to improve learning outcomes for students who are significantly below the national average in literacy.
Yasawa High School, together with Vinaka Fiji, have established two areas of vocational studies and work together to plan, implement and assess the programs. Each program is a one year course:
Additional education programs
As opportunities to extend and expand on the three main programs above arise, we also often provide additional programs such as:
- School holidays program (held at villages)
- Development learning environments
- Professional learning
- Education for adults/mature students
- Alternative wet weather programs
The volunteer work is so rewarding and to reward yourself even further, all you have to do is look around you and admire the stunning surroundings of the Yasawas. There are two things you can take for granted in the Yasawas: the amazing scenery and the wonderful, warm people who you'll live and work alongside. Find out about your volunteering accommodation, meals, housekeeping and what you're options are when it come so the weekends.
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You'll be working hard, so surely you deserve a holiday and you simply must explore this wonderful region of Fiji! During your volunteering program, you'll be right in the heart of some of the world's most spectacular islands, ringed by gorgeous coral lagoons and within a stone's throw of the famous Blue Lagoon. So why not add on a holiday pre or post volunteering?
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You are welcome to ask more questions. Please contact us to make an enquiry.