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Involvement Volunteers IVI

Support Woman & Children Commune

Lautoka, Fiji

Help support this community made up of almost 400 people from dis-advantaged backgrounds. Home to predominantly single mums, their children and some extended family...

Background Information
This community is made up of almost 400 people, divided into 9 villages consisting of 4-5 flats, home to 4 different families. It is a place for ‘disabled’ people, predominantly single mums and their children and/or extended family.   The community receives some government support and social assistance but has very limited resources and can really use a helping hand.  Unfortunately, pleas for help by the passionate community administration staff regularly go unanswered.

With very little government support, the workload for the community staff is immeasurable and ongoing, and the community greatly benefits from having volunteers to assist in various support roles within the community.  

Role of volunteers
The role of our volunteers is varied, but ultimately, you are there to offer an extra set of hands to help lessen the burden of day to day operations around the commune, so that the residents can utilize their time in pursuit of economic opportunity to help bring themselves and their family out of poverty.   Volunteers are expected to bring a positive can do attitude and a willingness to help those less fortunate.  Typically, this involves between 4-6 hours of volunteer assistance at the commune during Monday to Friday.  Upon orientation , you'll be assigned a coordinator who will help you integrate into the community so that you can feel at home and welcome here.  

These support roles may involve but are not limited to:
- Kindergarten assistant teaching
- Woman's empowerment teaching
- Micro-business & economic empowerment
- Renovation and grounds maintenance
- Office administration & computer skills education

Typical day

Kindergarten & Teaching Project
Unfortunately, even in today’s day and age, not everyone has the luxury of basic education. Beginning with basic education is the first step to leading a life with opportunity, in order to deliver basic education the kids need a classroom of their own.

The kindergarten makes use of the community hall with classes running 8am-11am. (teachers finish approx. 12pm) Unfortunately, there is no dedicated classroom for the students and teachers to make use of.  As this is a shared spaced, disagreements about the state of the hall occur between the various youth groups, church gatherings & village meetings. In terms of school supplies these are provided annually by the head office in Suva.

There are 36 students registered (aged 3-5 years) with around 20+ in attendance each day. Two teachers certified (USP or FNU) in Early Childhood teaching run the class. The students come from within the community housing as well as the surrounding farmland areas. Travelling to school on foot or by bus.

Classroom Construction Project
A dedicated classroom built for the community would immensely aid the facilitation of teaching the students, in a nurturing environment that is solely for the care and education of the students. Teachers wouldn’t have to worry about equipment & supplies being misused; class could run for a full day instead of only a few hours, members of the community would then have their hall back to regular use without education paraphernalia covering the walls and ceiling.  For this to happen, materials and volunteers skilled in construction are required. 

Community Support & Administration 
With so many ongoing social, environmental and physical needs, volunteers need only some care, motivation and creativity to assist with various community needs such as;

  • Office administration & paperwork (bring your own laptop)
  • Healthcare (Nutritionists, Doctors, Nurses well needed)
  • Repair of a flat destroyed in Cyclone Winston
  • Assisting with tenant applications
  • Gardening
  • Finance
  • Building Maintenance & repairs
  • Creative/ cultural workshops
  • Counselling services

Details on Arrival

Arrival into Nadi during Sat/Sun preferred

Free-time activities

Lautoka is approx 20 min from Nadi which is the main tourist hub of Fiji and the gateway to the famous Fijian islands.  

We can help you source island hopping ferry tickets are local rates and can even provide you access to remote island village stays if you're after something truly unique.  

The coral coast is only a 2 hour drive and includes picturesque beaches, horseback riding and adventure travel options at Pacific Harbour.  

These options are all close enough to make a day trip and our local team will help you with all the specifics.  


Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Sports
Riding
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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their 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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Involvement Volunteers IVI are happy to help you.

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What’s included in the Fees?
  • The Application Fee (US$275) is included in the above cost 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.
    *Travelling in a pair or a group?   Discounts may be available!  Ask us how
Airport Pickup at Nadi International Airport

Arrival and departure transfers included from Nadi International Airport.   

Transfer time to Nadi is approx 10 minutes and 30 minutes to Lautoka

Accommodation
Enjoy living like a Fiji local. You’ll have your own single or twin share room within private, clean and safe western style homes. You will have a place to store your personal belongings, a private bathroom and toilet (where possible – not all placements include this), a fan and single mattress or double/queen if sharing with your partner. Some home stays have self contained flats separate from the main residence. You can choose this option if desired. Internet is usually not included with most volunteers purchasing a temporary 3G plan for their own device.
Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
3 good meals per day are provided as part of the program fee.  Typically, you can expect a fairly 'western' style diet which includes.   Many of our home stays are amazing cooks!  We can cater to various needs (such as vegetarian)

Breakfast – Wheatbix, cornflakes, bread, butter etc, tea, coffee, milo. Volunteers can make their own eggs should they wish.
Lunch – Volunteers to prepare their own sandwich. Tuna, cold meat, salad, eggs. Some prefer to take left over dinner from the night before for lunch.
Dinner – Cooked meal (eg. stews, soups, curries, fish, roast vegetables, taro, sweet potato, bread, rice etc.
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)
$1,000.00
8 weeks
$1,470.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,970.00
Average fees
$207.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Lautoka/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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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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