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Teaching Companion for Nursery-School Children

Suva, Fiji

Agency | GoEco

Come to the island of Viti Levu to inspire and motivate local children who are at the start of their school careers.

Fiji's capital Suva is a port city located on the island of Viti Levu. As the largest city in the South Pacific, it has become the country's commercial, administrative and political center. This bustling metropolis sits on a hilly peninsula with Suva Harbour to the west and Laucala Bay to the east. The only relatively flat section of the city is Victoria Parade, a thin strip of land where most of the restaurants, cafés and shops are located. 

Suva's residents are extremely multicultural, with an increasing number of Indo-Fijian, Australians and New Zealanders. Aside from the locals, the capital frequently hosts a number of Asian sailors granted liberty and university students from around the Pacific. 

Due to a shortage of local teachers in Fiji, the project aims to provide kindergartens with international volunteers to help with large classes (4 to 7 year olds). Finding additional help locally is difficult because most Fijians can’t afford to travel around the island, especially to isolated villages.

Most classes are quite large so it’s very challenging for teachers to give each child the individual attention they deserve. Therefore, international volunteers are highly valued for their dedication and commitment to these children.

Orientation Week
This jam-packed orientation will familiarize you with Fijian culture and customs. You can expect a city tour of Suva with visits to the fresh produce market and the famous Suva Harbor. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn basic Fijian and participate in a carving and painting class. Before the week’s end, you will have experienced a wide range of exciting activities to get you ready for your placement. 
 
Volunteer Work and Contribution
There is a deep appreciation for international volunteers who come to assist teachers in kindergarten classrooms. As a volunteer, you will be placed at one of the many kindergartens in need of assistance to help care for the children, alleviating the daily pressures on the teacher.

Your duties as a volunteer may include
  • Teaching basic English
  • Planning activities to help with English skills
  • Playing games with the children
  • Organizing dynamic age appropriate activities
  • Developing students’ conversational skills

Typical day

A typical day
You can expect to volunteer around five hours a day, Monday to Friday. Your days will begin at 8:30 am with English lessons and recreational activities. After lunch, you will help with the lesson plan for the next day. Weekends are free.

Holidays
During some holidays, the children will be out of school and the project will not be running as scheduled. During this time, volunteers will be primarily involved in cleaning tasks, renovations and leading the Kid's Club. The holidays for 2016 are as follows:
 
Term 1 Break : 22nd April - 9th May
Term 2 Break:  12th August - 29th August
Term 3 Big Break:  25th November - January 2017
Full school closure: 19th December - 2nd January 2017*
 
*Please note: it is not possible to book any dates which overlap with the full school closure
 
2 weeks before examinations, some of the schools may not have regular classes, as the students will be busy with revision. The volunteers will then be responsible for helping with revision or join in the renovation and cleaning project. 

Free-time activities

If you choose to stay in Suva for the weekend, the center offers a variety of activities, including: 
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Mountain hikes
  • Beach walks  
  • Visit to the market town of Suva
  • Snorkeling (with instructors)
  • Diving (with instructors)
  • Cycling
If you are interested in a specific excursion, please ask the local coordinators upon arrival. Fiji is a great Island with lots of interesting tourist sites. Your coordinator can give you helpful information and suggestions when you arrive.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
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 - 13:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

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Included in the fees are the accommodation, the food in form of 3 meals per day, our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support as well as project-related transportation and an airport pickup upon arrival. 

Furthermore, a comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage is included. You will also receive a pre-departure kit with the full project details as well as all necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival.

Airport Pickup at Savusavu Airport

We will pick you up at the airport upon arrival.

Accommodation

You will stay in a shared dorm-style room at a center in Suva with four to six volunteers per room. Each room has a wall fan and a bathroom with hot water and a Western-style toilet. There are also refrigerators at the accommodation for your convenience. 


The distance between the accommodation and the kindergarten varies depending on your assigned placement (some are nearby while others are up to 30 min. away). Please note that if you prefer a private room, you can upgrade for an additional fee (inquire upon registration).

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Three meals a day are provided during the week (Monday to Friday) and two meals a day are provided on the weekends. Breakfast is Western-style and lunch and dinner are typically Fijian-style and on occasion Indian or Western. There is also a local supermarket, a five-minute walk from the center where you can purchase snacks and additional food items.

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 Savusavu Airport (SVU) in Savusavu. 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)
$1,440.00
5 weeks
$1,720.00
6 weeks
$2,000.00
7 weeks
$2,280.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,560.00
Average fees
$340.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Suva/Fiji between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco 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%)
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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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