Plan My Gap Year

Local Childcare Supporter

Suva, Fiji show on map
As working families seek and earn employment in Suva, daycare opportunities become a prevalent necessity for these families and are in dire need of your support.

This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

A lack of sufficient education and income opportunities in rural Fiji is seeing more and more families shift towards urban areas where infrastructure and employment prospects is deemed greater.

PMGY Fiji is based in the heart of Suva which is recognised to be Fijis most urban location across the country and where opportunities are greater from employment and childcare perspectives. As working families seek and earn employment in Suva, daycare opportunities become a prevalent necessity for these families.

Home to just under one million people, nearly 30% of Fijis population is made up of 0-14-year-olds. Many of this demographic are made up of a pre-school age and are placed at kindergartens and childcare centres within Suva as parents head of to working life.

A lot of these kindergartens are lacking local teachers and local support as positions are often not very well paid and travelling to these projects for a local can be expensive and time consuming with traffic congestion in and around the city.

Therefore PMGY places volunteers in a variety of kindergartens and childcare centres across Suva to provide additional support to what is often a minimum local support staff network. A lot of the kindergartens can be made up of large classes and ages usually range from 4 to 6 years. As classes can be quite large; assistance and commitment of volunteers are much appreciated and valued by what local staff there is and needed in the day to day running of the programme.

The more volunteers there are supporting the project then the more one to one support can be achieved with the children. This helps spread the workload across local staff and volunteers and allows for enhanced engagement, interaction and care for the children.

Aims and objectives of the kindergartens we support are focused around providing early education programmes that provide the best possible foundation for Fijian school life for the children. This can be anything from the day to day routines of the programme itself to basic learning activities and a foundation classroom structure.

The project

Montasorey kindergarten is currently home to around 20 children aged between 4 and 6 years of age. Located a 5-minute taxi ride or 20-minute walk from the accommodation, the kindergarten has been home to the Suva community for many years and has two members of local staff managing the whole operation.

There is a strong emphasis on day to day activities here that drives and develops the children’s cognitive learning and basic life skills. This includes a lot of puzzle-based activities as well as arts and crafts and teaching good manners, habits and positive behaviours.

The kindergarten itself is well resourced with a small play area for break times and facilities to allow for creative learning to take place. There is also an expectation on volunteers to support with foundation reading and writing development and take the lead in activities when required whether it be coordinating a colouring class, organising a play workshop or leading nursery rhymes.

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers on the kindergarten programme, in general, are expected to match the excited and eager nature of the children and local staff when supporting or leading fun and interactive activities. This will range from planning activities, teaching basic English and grammar, organising and planning age-appropriate activities or even leading story time!

Please note:

Volunteers are advised to note there is an additional 120 FJD local payment ($60) monthly project donation that goes directly to the project during your first few days. This donation helps provide additional resources for the projects we support.

ESSENTIAL INFO

For the majority of our programmes you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the programme – particularly if you’re looking to travel between June and August, as spaces can fill up very quickly during this period.

It is best that you apply sooner rather than later as some of our programmes only have a limited capacity and spaces get filled very quickly. However, you should always make sure you’re 100% committed to the programme before applying.

Can I use this programme as part of a university or college placement? 

It is certainly possible to use one of PMGY’s programmes as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. PMGY regularly receives medical, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects around the world and we have ties with some of the leading universities.

If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programmes could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please contact us.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each programme has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our UK team undergo an extensive routine when establishing our in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.

The PMGY team have visited and participated in every programme we offer and verified them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every programme we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Risk assessments have been written for all areas in which PMGY operate and our experienced local coordinators are always on-hand to manage any emergencies that may occur. Our UK team are always on the road reviewing our risk management procedures in the field and monitoring local conditions. 

In emergency situations we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances. 

All volunteers will receive a digital PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the programme. This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides. It is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you require any further information not covered in the Volunteer Handbook then our team are always on-hand to assist you.

Typical day

The day usually begins at 9am so volunteers will have to be up early and have lots of energy for the day ahead. Most of the children will stay at the kindergarten until around 2pm at least with a morning snack and lunch sandwiched in between before being picked up by parents or other relatives and older siblings.

However, some children will stay at the kindergarten and continue with activities and learning until up to 5pm as to when the parents are able to collect them after the working day.

Details on Arrival

This programme starts every 1st and 3rd Sunday every month. You should arrive into Nadi International Airport (airport code NAN) on the selected Sunday start date. Our airport pickup service is available from 06:00-18:00. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.

The programme ends on the Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.

Free-time activities

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to travel during your time with PMGY. In fact, we encourage you to travel during your free time. All of our programmes have been designed so that you have weekends off. This gives you the opportunity to explore the local area or even travel further afield within your host country. Our local coordinators will provide you with all the travel tips you need to help you plan any independent adventures.

Furthermore, you’re going to meet so many new people during your time with PMGY that you’ll definitely meet some travel buddies along the way!

Before booking your flights we recommend that you look into travel opportunities within the relevant country either side of your volunteering placement. It is always great to spend some time travelling and seeing more of the country you wish to volunteer in. If you do plan to travel extensively please factor this into your flight itinerary, as we only encourage travel during weekends while you’re volunteering as you have made a commitment to the project.


Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School/University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, nationalities and religions. You should be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online application.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Plan My Gap Year (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Plan My Gap Year
Your fee includes both your registration fee and programme fees.

Your programme fee includes; accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), airport pickup (24 hours), in-country orientation, private transport to projects, 24 hour in-country support.

Your registration fee includes; 24 hour UK based support, comprehensive volunteer handbook, live pre-departure webinars, 100% financial protection, regular programme inspection.
Airport Pickup at Nadi International Airport

We provide Airport pickup from 06:00 - 18:00

Accommodation

During your time with PMGY in Fiji you will live in our Volunteer House/s. The accommodation is basic but comfortable. The Volunteer House is located just outside of central Suva; a stone’s throw away from everything you need in town with a great sea view to match. Each room has either single beds or bunk beds and fits up to 6 people per room.

Volunteers are provided with fans in the room if needed and their own mosquito net/mosquito coils and bed linen. The wooden build of the house means that generally, temperatures remain cool in summer and warm in the winter. There are communal lockers with one locker per room located on the top floor of the accommodation.

Bathrooms are shared. Each bathroom has a shower and western style toilet. The water can be hot or cold depending on which shower you use.

The house has Wi-Fi but this is limited to volunteer access for a small amount of time in the evenings. Volunteers are best obtaining a local SIM Card to get access a data package should they want regular internet access.

There are a couple communal areas across the accommodation for volunteers to hang out. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator to store any items you need to keep chilled.

Our local team also live on the top floor of the house. This ensures you have round the clock support and security and daily interaction with our team.

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

You will be served breakfast and dinner at the Volunteer House.

For lunch, volunteers can purchase this either at the project, take a packed lunch with them or head into Suva where you are spoilt for choice with a range of delicacies!

All meals are freshly prepared each day and most meals are traditional Fijian dishes. Fiji is a very culturally diverse country and often there food and taste buds can reflect this!

Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Nadi International Airport (NAN) in Nadi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Fiji.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Fiji provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Fiji you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Fiji.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,029
6 weeks
$ 1,404
8 weeks
$ 1,779
10 weeks
$ 2,169
12 weeks
$ 2,544
16 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,294
Average fees
$ 232 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Suva/Fiji between 4 weeks and 16 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Plan My Gap Year will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Fiji.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Plan My Gap Year during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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