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Involvement Volunteers IVI

Island Teaching & School Development Support

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A truly unique, raw and exclusive local Fijian experience! This Island lies in the outer regions of the Mamanuca Islands, approximately 1 hour fast ferry from mainland.

Teaching in Fiji – Background Information

This is an incredible placement where you can experience in depth the authentic Fijian Island way of living. After presentation of your offering (Kava ceremony) you will be welcomed into the community to live as an honored guest. 

The location

This island paradise has extensive views over fringing coral reefs and green-blue tropical seas. It’s a medium sized island (approx 10km in diameter) with cliffs and rolling hills for amazing hikes with views out to surrounding islands where for island hopping or snorkelling. With approx 800 native Fijian inhabitants (some of whom have never seen a car!) Many inhabitant’s work on the local tourist islands. The village’s main source of incomes is handicrafts, pottery and shells, with the local people otherwise relying on subsistence farming and fishing.

The school

The placement is centred around the local public school where approx 100 students from kindergarten through to grade 6 come to learn each day. The school receives very minimal government funding and there are substantial needs in all areas of educational assistance, school resources, community development, infrastructure and vocational support.  

Volunteer work

The volunteers tasks are varied and acceptance into the program will be based on individual applications. Volunteers will need to be self sufficient and competent enough to see areas of opportunity and to assist as appropriate. This is a challenging and raw experience where you can truly make a positive impact and likely gain an appreciation for the simple things in life.  

The role of volunteers will involve working with the remote island school teachers and coordinators to design fun and interactive lessons which enable alternative teaching methods and intercultural learning. As the Fijian school curriculum is very standard, having volunteers provides new ways of viewing the world which benefits the kids by providing alternative ways of thinking. 

Who we are looking for

Volunteers need only to bring a positive attitude and willingness to experience the true Fijian culture.   

You must be willing to go with the flow. There are many customs which are ingrained within the Fijian culture that you will not change overnight.  Volunteers need to be open and accepting of the culture, beliefs and operational systems with a view to help by providing alternative ways of thinking in a constructive non critical way. 

Typical day

As you will be living within the school compound which is literally on the beach on a small island setting with an approx 3km perimeter coastline, your life will be centered around the school activities and daily rituals associated. 

Wake-up with roosters crowing at 5am. Help in early morning chores and excercise, feeding the boarding students. 

Preparing lessons for the day.Teaching a lesson or two. Maybe maths, english, sports, geography, you'll be surprised how much insight you can offer! The students here are very sheltered from the outside world and take so much away from your involvement in their lives even for a short period of time.  

Details on Arrival

This project is available all year round. Preferred arrival dates are Saturday or Sunday, however we can be flexible. 

Included in the cost is an arrival airport transfer from Nadi airport to the marina if heading to the islands directly. In most cases however, you’ll stay with a home stay in Nadi or Lautoka for 1 or 2 nights before making your way to the island.

We can arrange return transfers to/from the marina for US$50 if booked in advance. Just ask while making the booking. Otherwise you can take a bus or a tax will cost approx US$10-15 from Nadi.  

There are 2 ferry trips to/from the island daily departing from Port Denerau each day;

  • Departing Ferrys – 9:15am and 3:00pm
  • Returning Ferrys – 10:15am and 4:00pm

As a volunteer through IVI, you will obtain a large subsidy on the cost of the Ferrys.  The IVI country manager will assist you in the necessary paperwork…

Free-time activities

You are located on a proper Fijian remote island in the manamunca island range.  Island hopping to local tourist resort islands is the most likely past time for volunteers in this region. This is truly a unique placement as foreigners are not allowed to visit the island without express consent from the island chief. As part of the volunteer arrival you must bring Yaqona (Cava) as an offering to the chief. 

Island hopping, snorkeling, surfing, boating, craft making & hiking as the island is mountainous are all options involved. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Yoga/Meditation

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 12:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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What’s included in the above Fees?

  • The Application Fee is included in the above pricing (US$275) and is a one off fee per volunteer and covers multiple placements and countries at the time of booking. This fee covers all the administration such as inspection costs, marketing, and overheads to ensure a safe, high quality and unforgettable experience for every single volunteer abroad.
  • The Program Fee goes straight to our in country management teams to cover arrival airport transfers, on the ground coordination, orientation, accommodation and meals, in-country 24/7 volunteer support, project donations and related administration costs such as local permits etc. This ensures that our presence as volunteers has a positive and sustainable impact to the local people.
Airport Pickup at Nadi International Airport

Arrivals on Saturday and Sundays are preferred.  Pick up from Nadi International Airport

Accommodation

You will live within the large gated school compound where individual family residences exist for the school staff and their families. You’ll normally be provided your own room or sharing with another volunteer. Bedding is usually a mattress on the floor. It’s clean and comfortable, but no frills. The houses are light and airy right next to the ocean but very basic, with normally a living area, sleeping area, kitchen and adjoining bathroom.  

Electricity is a luxury on the island and small solar lamps are used for the evenings. This means, tv’s radio’s, fridges etc are limited.  You’ll be able to charge your laptop or mobile device no problem.  You’ll also have a safe place to store your belongings. 

Please note – Many things that we take for granted in our homes are not available on the island and living conditions are very basic. Borehole water is used for washing and toilets and rainwater is used for cooking and drinking. Toilets are western style and waterseal. They need to be filled with a bucket of water to fill the cisten before flushing.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Fresh fruits and vegetables can be quite scarce on the island so it’s recommended to bring a small offering of rice, flour or long lasting vegetables (ie. cabbage) with you along with some snacks for yourself if desired. You will have plenty to eat, but the variety of options will be less than other home stay placements.

Breakfast would normally consist of tea with homemade pancakes, bread and fruit if available. The pancakes are very similar to donuts and very yummy!

Lunch and dinner would mostly consist of fresh fish, chicken, lamb or tinned food. This placement will be difficult for vegetarians who do not eat fish.

Internet Access
Good 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)
$713.00
6 weeks
$959.00
8 weeks
$1,204.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,695.00
Average fees
$160.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nadi/Fiji between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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