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Children, Schools & Education - Volunteering Program

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Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of the Yasawa villagers

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.

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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
  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks & gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Pre-post accommodation


School Terms 2016

TERM 1 Monday 15 January to Friday 20 April (2 weeks break)
TERM 2 Monday 7 May to Friday 10 August (2 weeks break)
TERM 3 Monday 27 August to Friday 23 November (7 weeks break)

Over school holidays an alternative program is run at the villages. 

Public Holidays 2016
NEW YEAR'S DAYMonday, 1st January 
GOOD FRIDAYFriday, 30th March 
EASTER SATURDAY Saturday, 31st March
EASTER MONDAYMonday, 2nd April 
CONSTITUTION DAYFriday, 7th September 
FIJI DAYWednesday, 10th October
DIWALIWednesday, 7th November
CHRISTMAS DAYTuesday, 25th December 
BOXING DAY HOLIDAYWednesday, 26th December

Our areas of focus

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.

Vocational Programs

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:

1. Agriculture
2. Marine studies

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

Life on the Job

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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Travel pre and post volunteering

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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More information

You are welcome to ask more questions. Please contact us to make an enquiry.