Kindergarten Volunteering Coral Coast, Fiji

Encourage children to learn and grow creatively. Be embraced by and become an important part of the local community.

WHY
we need you in Fiji

  • Approx 34% of the population in Fiji live below the poverty line
  • Rates for education and literacy are low, making it hard for many local people to find skilled work
  • Lack of adamant nutrition is prominant in Fiji, increased by the cheap imported food available, leading to obesity problems, as well as problems such as type 2 diabetes & micronutrient deficiencies
  • Malutrition is also seen in Fiji, particually with the under 5’s, showing signs such as stunted growth and wasting (loosing muscle mass)


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HOW
can you help?

  • Help staff at various Kindergarten schools in Suva & the Coral Coast
  • Embrace the Fiji lifestyle and become immersed in the community
  • Work alongside local staff, as you prepare daily lessons for educational and fun activities
  • Encourage the children, aged 4-7 years, to increase their English knowledge and cultural awareness

WHAT
can you do?

  • Teach English conversational skills, writing, reading, drawing, through fun activities
  • Inspire the kids to learn English and practice speaking
  • Teach basic English in a fun and informal way that the kids will enjoy
  • Assist a local teacher, with daily classes, including computer class and create daily lesson plans

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Org & Charity with 35+ Years Experience
  • 16 Projects to Choose From in Fiji
  • Social Experiences – Sharing with International Volunteers
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee – Multiple Countries

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Project Description

  PROJECT NAME: KINDERGARTEN TEACHING  

LOCATION: CORAL COAST (SIGATOKA)

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS) 

  ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE

  MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Criminal background check required

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Overview

This project gives you the chance to encourage children to learn and grow creatively. Apart from teaching them language and communication skills, you have a unique opportunity to spend time teaching the local children. You will be embraced by and become an important part of the local community. Help the children grow their confidence and learn better English.

Due to the shortage of educational personnel, the main objective of this program is to assist teachers in class (4 to 7 year olds) with activities and share ideas about the lesson plan.

The volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Kindergarten Plan, including running educational games and group activities, providing emotional support, and helping to improve the quality of life for those living in deprived communities. Volunteers with an open mind, an optimistic attitude who are curious to discover a new culture will fit best with this project.

Location

Coral Coast is noted as the ‘adventure capital of Fiji’ and is located about 1 hour from Suva and 1 hour from Nadi. It is known for it’s incredibly beautiful coast line, tourist beaches and resorts and heaps of activities from 4 wheel drive tours, shark feeding, surfing, rivers & waterfalls, golf etc and is home to the famous Bega lagoon and bega fire walkers. Sigatoka is the gateway to the Coral coast and home to several of our projects.

Project Tasks

  • Teach basic English
  • Plan activities for the understanding of English
  • Playing games with the children
  • Organize dynamic age appropriate activities
  • Develop students conversation skills
  • Help children relate to the English language

*** During the school holiday, teaching programs, kindergarten programs, healthcare programs, and sports education programs will be conducted at the Kids Club in a local village or community hall.  

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation is in a dedicated house for volunteers with shared bedrooms 4-6 persons per room (single gender rooms). Living with other volunteers in a dormitory-style house is heaps of fun and a great way to meet like minded travellers. The volunteer houses are in close proximity to a basic supermarkets, ATM, fresh fruit and vegetable stands, petrol stations and bus stop.

The bathrooms are shared with western style toilets and cold showers. The accommodation is equipped with free Wi-Fi which volunteers are able to use. Laundry services are available for a small fee. Bed linen and fans are provided. We recommend volunteers bring their own towel. The rooms are lockable and there are also safety deposit boxes available.

*For couples, families or those wanting more privacy, we reccommend a private room, which is available for an additional fee, subject to availability.

You will be served 3 meals on weekdays, and 2 meals on weekends and public holidays. Breakfast is typically Western style, and lunch and dinner will be local Fijian dishes. 

 

 

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Coral Coast
Projects

– Cultural Orientation Week
– Kindergarten Teaching
– English Teaching
– Healthcare Project
*Community Construction
– Sports Teaching
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All prices in USD

  • 1 Week – $450
  • 2 Weeks – $555
  • 3 Weeks – $815
  • 1 Month – $1095
  • 2 Months – $2395
  • 3 Months – $3575

*Surcharge $50 p/week applies to construction placement to cover materials & supervision

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What’s Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion

– US$275 application fee applies in addition to program fees
– Application fee is one off per person (unlimited placements)
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– Discounts may apply if travelling in a pair or group!
– All credit card /international fees included in below pricing! 🙂

Testimonials…

By far my favourite part of the trip was the village tutoring in the afternoons. I had a small group of 3-5 children for one hour and really had a chance to see which children needed more assistance and make sure they were involved in the lesson.
Nicki
NickiFiji Kindergarten Project
The highlight for me was the home stay option, being able to stay with a family and make a real connection was the best experience.
IVI Volunteer
IVI VolunteerFiji Kindergarten Project
Food was very good. Team was always super friendly and accommodating in Suva. They really cared about me and were sure to say hello and ask how I was doing every chance they got.
IVI Volunteer
IVI VolunteerFiji Kindergarten Project
The trip to Fiji was really amazing and rewarding! I enjoyed the teaching and was pleased that I could really help the local teachers a bit with the progress of some weaker students.
Jennifer
Jennifer Fiji English & Sports Teaching Project
The coordinators at Sigatoka were excellent, they were friendly, very helpful and a good support system. The food was also very enjoyable and an experience within itself. Accommodation was good, 😊 and the location was amazing.
Laura
LauraFiji English & Sports Teaching Project
Honestly my entire trip was a highlight. Being in the school compound fully immersed on a local remote island made everyday full of indescribable experiences that I will cherish forever.
Steph
StephRemote Island Teaching
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FAQ

Is Kindergarten Teaching in Fiji right for me?

If you love working with children, have bundles of energy and enthusiasm, and want to experience a different way of life, then this is your project! The Fijian people are incredibly welcoming, as are the local children who will be eager to be taught by you.

What’s Included in the Volunteer Fees

  • Accommodation  (Home Stays – Sharing with other volunteers)
  • 2 meals p/day (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Arrival Airport transfer
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea daily
  • Full day orientation & training + cultural sightseeing
  • In country 24/7 coordination & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion

What’s Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Arrival Information

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Nadi International Airport (NAN). You must arrive between 06:00 to 18:00 on either the Saturday or Sunday. There is an extra fee for Saturday night accommodation. 

If you arrive outside the pickup times, you can book a private transfer for an extra fee.

If you want to book any extra nights before or after your program, you can do this for an extra fee. 

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

From Nadi International Airport to your accommodation by road (taxi or bus) it takes 1 hour & 30 minutes. 

Is there an Orientation?

The Home Stay placements involve a simple and effective orientation which includes a tour of the local area and an overview of the project including any necessary permits, paperwork and logistics. In most cases you will have 1 to 2 days to ease your way into the culture and settle into your new surrounds before commencing in your designated program.

The Volunteer Center placements also have a 1 day orientation or you can choose to do a dedicated orientation week to get you familiar with the Fijian culture. Orientation is hosted in either Suva or the Coral Coast depending on where you’ve chosen to stay. It begins on the first Monday morning of your volunteer program and includes an Introduction to Fiji, culture and customs, local excursions, cooking and art, rules and expectations, safety, introduction to the project and placement. 

What does a Typical Day Involve?

You will generally teach for a few hours each day, and will need to create lesson plans for each of your classes, which you can share and discuss with the local teacher.

Generally you will be:

  • Planning lessons
  • Doing drawing and crafts
  • Basic conversation lessons
  • Basic phrases, animals, colours, greetings, transport, food, etc
  • Playground games
  • Teaching through singing, dance and music

What Happens on Weekends?
Nadi and Lautoka area 

  • Visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant: This beautiful orchid garden in Nadi was founded by actor Raymond Burr and is home to more than 2,000 varieties of orchids.
  • Relax on the beach: There are many beaches in the Nadi and Lautoka area where you can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. Some popular ones include Natadola Beach and Denarau Island.
  • Explore the Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool: Located just outside of Nadi, this natural hot spring and mud pool is a great place to relax and rejuvenate.
  • Take a tour of the Viseisei Village: This historic village near Lautoka is considered to be the oldest settlement in Fiji, and you can take a guided tour to learn about its history and culture.
  • Shop at the Nadi Market: This bustling market in the heart of Nadi is a great place to find local handicrafts, souvenirs, and fresh produce.
  • Visit the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple: This beautiful Hindu temple in Nadi is the largest in the southern hemisphere and is worth a visit for its intricate architecture and colorful decor.
  • Take a day trip to the Yasawa Islands: The Yasawa Islands are a chain of islands off the coast of Nadi, and you can take a day trip to explore their beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters.
  • Learn to surf: Fiji is known for its world-class surf breaks, and there are several surf schools in the Nadi and Lautoka area where you can take lessons and catch some waves.

Coral Coast/ Sigatoka

  • Visit the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park: This national park in Sigatoka is home to ancient Fijian archaeological sites and offers stunning views of the coastline.
  • Be adventourous with white-water rafting, shark feeding, jet ski tours, zip lining and diving.
  • Go on a river safari: Take a guided tour up the Sigatoka River to explore the Fijian interior and see traditional Fijian villages.
  • Explore the Kula Eco Park: This conservation park in Sigatoka is home to many endangered Fijian species, including the Fijian crested iguana and the banded iguana.
  • Relax on the beach: The Coral Coast is home to many beautiful beaches, including Natadola Beach and the beach at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.
  • Take a coral reef tour: Explore the beautiful coral reefs off the coast of the Coral Coast on a snorkeling or diving tour.
  • Visit the Tavuni Hill Fort: This historic fort near Sigatoka dates back to the 1700s and offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Visit the Biausevu Waterfall: This beautiful waterfall near Sigatoka is surrounded by lush rainforest and is a popular spot for swimming and picnicking.
  • Go on a sea kayaking tour: Explore the coastline and offshore islands of the Coral Coast on a guided sea kayaking tour.
  • Attend a traditional Fijian ceremony: Many hotels and resorts in the Sigatoka and Coral Coast areas offer traditional Fijian ceremonies, including kava ceremonies and meke dance performances.
  • Visit the Sigatoka Market: This bustling market in the heart of Sigatoka offers fresh produce, handicrafts, and souvenirs.   

Are There Any Special Requirements?

  • A valid CRB check is needed for this placement.

Holidays

For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: FJ – Holidays – All Programs

Country Information

Fiji is an archipelago of 330 tropical islands. It’s one of the most developed Pacific Island economies however, a chronic lack in investment and under-employment pose obstacles to sustainable and equitable economic growth in Fiji.

More than 250,000 people in the Fiji islands live in poverty and many more Fijians live on or just above the poverty line. Efficient delivery in health care, in education, in work opportunities and other social services are incredibly difficult in Fiji.

A great disparity exists between the working class communities and the multi-national owned tourism resorts which represent approx 25% of Fiji’s Gross domestic product. Sadly, much of the wealth generated from this sector does not filter down to the local communities.

IVI have a well established program in Fiji build by local Fijian’s with in depth understanding of the local needs. We have a have a variety of skilled and non skilled volunteering options for anyone seeking to live like a local far away from the trendy monotonous tourist resorts.

Climate

Fiji enjoys a hot and humid climate year round. Average temperatures range from 25°C to 30°C.

May to October is considered one of the best time to visit, as it’s the dry season. The wet season is from November to April. The island will recieve heavy rain, but in short outbursts. In July and August, temperatures can fall to as low as 18°C, making it a pleasent time to visit for those who enjoy cooler weather! 

What’s the Culture Like in Fiji?

The Fijian people have a strong sense of their own culture and customs and highly developed sense of honor. The locals are generally very friendly and welcoming. Within Fijian villages, tribal alliances are still intact and money does not play a significant role in their daily lives. Visitors are not always accustomed to the slow work pace (they call it “Fiji time”). Do not worry too much about this, just go with the flow!

About Involvement Volunteers International

30 Years Non Profit Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits. Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact. All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points. Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

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How Can I Raise Funds for my Trip?

Check out this amazing blog with step by step info on how to raise funds for your overseas volunteer experience to help maximize your impact abroad. Guide to Fundraising

Weekends & Extra Tours

Island hopping is a great way to explore Fiji, and there are so many stunning islands to choose from!
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Nadi is a Fijian and Indian town, with lots of activities do do. Check out the Sri Siva Subramaniya temple here.
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Colo-i-Suva is a lush rainforest in Suva. There are several treks through the jungle, where you can swim in the waterfalls!
Colo-i-Suva Forest Park
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Ziplining is just one of the adventurous things you can get up to in Fiji. This is one for the thrill seekers and who love being outdoors.
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For those who enjoy a much slower pace of life, there are hundreds of tranquil beaches to lounge on. This is a great way to really unwind from your busy projects!
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Snorkelling and diving are two activites which are freely available in Fiji. The island hosts some of the most pristine and clear waters.
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Enjoy this thrill seeking activity, not for the faint hearted! Rafting is great fun and an exhilerating way to spend your weekend!
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