Plan My Gap Year

Support English Teaching Efforts

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Do your part in supporting the rural and urban education system of Fiji and give the children an improved prospect for their future by teaching them English.

The Fijian education system is split into primary schools, secondary schools and higher education. More specifically this breaks down into around 750 primary schools, 150 secondary schools and 3 main universities.

The structure Fijians receive at each school can vary specifically between rural and urban schools. Incorporating population density as a factor, the average class size of a rural school tends to be under 20 with the average class size of a secondary school being over 40.

The diversity and history of Fiji means schools can be managed by anything from the government, religion or provinces. PMGY work alongside a Catholic school located close by to the volunteer house. The school is home to 700 boys aged from 6 to 13 years of age. The children usually attend school from 8.30am – 2.30pm with extra-curricular activities taking over at the end of the school day.

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Maintaining a pro-active mindset and being creative and dynamic in your teaching style is encouraged for volunteers to get the most out of their experience. Volunteers can support in other ways outside of the classroom in terms of helping out at the school library, assisting the staff at break times or supporting after school on extracurricular activities.

You will also find the students excited to learn about your culture and life experiences so don’t be afraid to bring some personality to your teaching where appropriate. This can be a great mechanism to building rapport with the students, maintaining classroom discipline and encouraging interactive learning.

It is also important that as a teacher or even when assisting the local school teacher that change and implementation can be slow but that your efforts and contribution will be appreciated and make a big difference in terms of the long-term improvement and development.

With the older children, volunteers are expected to focus on more formal learning methods and teaching core subjects such as English, Maths and Geography. With the younger students a more relaxed and informal teaching style can be adopted here and creative activities such as storytelling, singing song and dancing.

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.

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. 

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.

Typical day

Volunteers will be assisting the local teachers across the school day. With classrooms particularly in the Suva area often overcrowded and somewhat under-resourced, local assistance goes a long way in enhancing the students local experience and also providing support to the local teacher.

Volunteers will also have the opportunities to take the lead in lessons at certain points across the day. Therefore volunteers should be prepared to plan lessons according to the relevant age group that they are working with. Children will be very excited to see you and learn from you so volunteers should be keen to match similar levels of eagerness!

Details on Arrival

This programme starts on 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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Plan My Gap Year.

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

Airport Pickup is included and takes place between 06:00 and 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)
$1,029.00
6 weeks
$1,404.00
8 weeks
$1,779.00
10 weeks
$2,169.00
12 weeks
$2,544.00
16 weeks (max. stay)
$3,294.00
Average fees
$232.00/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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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