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Teach children in Fiji

Would you like to become a teacher? Are you good with children, and keen to gain teaching experience? Become a volunteer teacher on the beautiful island town of Suva in Fiji.

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At a glance:

Volunteering: Teach children in Fiji

Accommodation: Shared bedrooms at the volunteer centre

Meals: x3 varied and delicious meals a day included

Dates: All weeks except school holidays

Minimum stay: 2 weeks

 

About the project:

The schools in Fiji are in desperate need of two types of teachers, those with experience and those without! 

If you are looking for something different, or can't get teaching work in NZ at the moment - this might just be the experience your CV needs!

Fiji has over 700 primary schools and 150 secondary schools, spread across both the public and private sectors.

In many villages, there will be a small school with teachers doing their best to serve the students spread across a variety of educational levels. Fiji is a country in much need of external help, especially with its young population.

Most locals on Fiji can’t afford to travel, and in the villages there is little chance of contact with the outside world. Your teaching enables students to form relationships with someone from another culture, and the teachers can learn different teaching methods and techniques. Mainly though, you will assist the regular school teacher, so you do not need to have any teaching background. If you are qualified you will be given more responsibility. 

You will have the freedom to be creative and design your own lesson plans in a relaxed environment, fondly referred to as ‘Island time’,  the Fijian way of doing things!

This is a way to make a very significant and worthwhile contribution to the children of Fiji.


What will I be doing at the school?

The experienced teacher will find the freedom to be creative and design their own lesson plans, a refreshing change for some of our more mature participants, who tell us it takes them back to the “good old days.” 

Those with less or no experience will have whatever support and guidance is needed from our Teaching Centre, a relaxed environment matching the Fijian way of doing things, but with up to date teaching methods from experienced teachers. 

You have to love children and understand their behaviour, as you will be surrounded with lots of them every day! 

The objective is to teach and educate the different age group of children in different levels. 

Program Activities include:

  • Planning lessons
  • Doing crafts
  • Computer class
  • Conversation
  • English language teaching
  • Level exams
  • Dynamic activities

You may choose to focus on the Physical Education, Music, and Arts and Crafts or expertise which you already have. 

Things to note:

  • You will teach primary school students. 
  • You will be spending part of your day in a formal teaching setting and, therefore, you will have to follow the Fijian Ministry of Education's formal dress code.
  • As a teaching assistant, you will follow a customised timetable. If you have artistic skills, you have the opportunity to teach music or arts and crafts. 
  • An interest in teaching is necessary.

Accommodation

  • Volunteers will stay at our partners volunteer centre in Suva, usually this will be in shared bedrooms at the house centre. 
  • All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with thought, especially water, paper and electricity. 
  • You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy. 
  • The accommodation is dorm style, with rooms shared by 4-6 people with it's own bathroom. 

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Meals

  • Three meals, per day are served for the duration of your placement on weekdays, and two meals per day on the weekends for the duration of your trip. 
  • Breakfast and dinner is served at the weekday time during the weekend. 
  • Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner are typical Fijian style.

Facilities

  • There are refrigerators at the accommodation for volunteers to use. 
  • Bathrooms have hot water facilities and all rooms have wall-fans to cool off the room. 
  • There is Wi-Fi at the centre. Unfortunately the quality of internet is not as fast as it is at home and might occasionally be slow and irregular.

Location

  • Suva is located on the southeast coast of the island Vitti Levu. 
  • It is the capital of the country and the largest most cosmopolitan city of Fiji. 
  • Suva has an approximate amount of 86,000 inhabitants and works as a harbour city built on the peninsula. The city has a warm rainy tropical weather throughout the year.

 

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