Volunteer Teaching Coral Coast Fiji
Bula! Visit this beautiful Island town of Sigatoka in Fiji and teach children of various age groups to make a worthwhile contribution to their lives.
You will have the freedom to be creative and design your own lesson plans in a relaxed environment matching the Fijian way of doing things this is called “Fiji Time” a relaxed pace, as you will be surrounded by the friendliness of the children. You can help them to learn and grow and enhance their confidence to make a brighter future for themselves.
Fiji is a country in much need of external help, especially with its young population. You will experience life in both the rural and urban areas, which is quite different from the average journey followed by a tourist. Most locals on Fiji can’t afford to travel and in the villages there is little chance of contact with the outside world. Your volunteer teaching will enable students to form relationships with someone from another culture and the teachers can learn different teaching methods and techniques. You will mainly assist the regular school teachers, so you do not need to have any teaching background.
The children in Fiji are in desperate need of two types of teachers, those with experience and those without, we have found both can make a very significant and worthwhile contribution. 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 behavior, as you will be surrounded with loads of them every day and their friendliness can sometimes become over-exuberant, but they are children after all.
Aims & Objectives
The objective is to teach and educate the different age group of children in different levels. The participants educate the children in different ways, as they feel fit.
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
Welcome, introduction to Fiji and projects, House rules, Code of Conduct and handling of documents
Sigatoka City Tour
Kava Ceremoy – The Traditional Fijian Welcome Ceremony
Tuesday to Friday
You may choose to focus on music, arts and crafts or any expertise which you already have. You will teach primary school students. As a volunteer teaching assistant, you will follow a customized timetable. Spending part of your day in a formal teaching setting and you will therefore have to follow the Fijian Ministry of Education’s formal dress code.
Tuesday to Friday
- Teaching at the school
- Teaching at the school
- Preparation time for the next day
Volunteer teaching Activities
● Planning lessons
● Arts & crafts
● Computer classes
● English language teaching
● Level exams
● Dynamic activities
This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Evenings and Weekends
After a day of creative exploits, you can choose to explore the area or simply chill. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends through the week and plan bigger outings at the weekends!
Places to Visit
- Sigatoka sand dunes
- Kila Eco Adventure Park: enjoy high rope course, a leap of faith and a giant swing.
- Scuba and snorkelling
- Tavuni Hill Fort
- Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course
- Sigatoka Market.
- Arts Village at Pacific Harbour: Enjoy the footbridges, the water-lily ponds, the pathways, the Fijian bure and experience how life was in the olden days which is one and hour drive.
Coral Coast is the coastline connecting Suva and Sigatoka stretching over a large area along the Southeast coast of Fiji. The location is perfect, sitting along a beautiful stretch of coastline, and has the best beaches on the island with a chilled out atmosphere.
The area lives up to its reputation as a spot for adrenaline junkies, offering a wide variety of activities to get your heart racing, from surfing and shark feeding to four-wheel-drive tours. For a more laid-back experience try a round of golf on the championship course, or enjoy a spot of fishing. Offering lush rainforests, rivers and waterfalls at your back door and a beach looking across to Beqa Island which is world-famous for fire walking.
About the Accommodation
Volunteers will stay at our beachfront centre which is located in the Sigatoka area, yet it can vary depending on the project you are enrolled with. Your room will be within a male/female separated dorm and will usually have between 4 – 6 people in each room with a private bathroom. There are refrigerators at the accommodation for volunteers convenience. The house has a garden as well as a volleyball court. There is WIFI available at the accommodation, volunteers staying for a long period choose to get a local sim card to also stay in touch with family and friends.
During the week there are 3 meals a day and at weekends we serve breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner are typical Fijian style.
ATM’s: There are many ATM’s near the Centre which is about a 5 to 10 minutes from the house
The local supermarket is a 5-minute walk from the centre
Personal SIM card for your mobile: You can buy at the local shop
The closest City is Nadi about one and a half ride by car/bus from our Centre
The closest town is Sigatoka town which is 10 mins away
The medical centre is 10 mins away
Trip Country Info
Currency: Fijian Dollar (FJD)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)
Fiji is an archipelago of 333 sun-kissed, picture perfect islands tucked away in the South Pacific, close to Australia and New Zealand.
It’s famed for its rugged landscape of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and eco-activities from mountain climbing and surfing to soft-coral diving and zip-lining. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain the lion’s share of the population, meaning much of the country is uncrowded.
The 20th century brought about important economic changes in Fiji as well as the maturation of its political system. Fiji developed a major sugar industry and established productive copra milling, tourism and secondary industries.
As the country now diversifies into small-scale industries, the economy is strengthened and revenues provide for expanded public works, infrastructure, health, medical services and education.
The country’s central position in the region has been strengthened by recent developments in sea and air communications and transport. Today, Fiji plays a major role in regional affairs and is recognised as the focal point of the South Pacific.
Fiji is now home to many other races — Indians, Part Europeans, Chinese and other Pacific islanders living in harmony, and keeping their own cultures and identity. Fijians, slightly over 50 per cent of the total population, are essentially members of communities. They live in villages and do things on a communal basis.
The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. The warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F).
Rainfall is variable, with the warm season experiencing heavier rainfall, especially inland. Winds are moderate, though cyclones occur about once a year (10–12 times per decade).
Fiji was first settled about three and a half thousand years ago. The original inhabitants are now called “Lapita people” after a distinctive type of fine pottery they produced, remnants of which have been found in practically all the islands of the Pacific, east of New Guinea, though not in eastern Polynesia. Linguistic evidence suggests that they came from northern or central Vanuatu, or possibly the eastern Solomons.
Before long they had moved further on, colonising Rotuma to the north, and Tonga and Samoa to the east. From here, vast distances were crossed to complete the settlement of the Pacific to Hawaii in the north, Rapanui (Easter Island) in the east and Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the south.
Unlike the islands of Polynesia which showed a continuous steadily evolving culture from initial occupation, Fiji appears to have undergone at least two periods of rapid culture change in prehistoric times.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Under 18, Parental Consent is Required|
|DBS, Police Background Check|
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance