Volunteer with Children in Fiji
- Placement locations: Nadi and Lautoka
- Types of care projects: Kindergartens, care homes for the elderly and special needs schools
- Age: 0 – 16, elderly
- Number of people cared for: Varied
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including running educational games and group activities, providing emotional support, and helping improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities.
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on a Care project in Fiji is an ideal way to get involved with the local community of this fascinating island. Whether you are on a gap year, summer placement, or career break we will arrange a great project for you. Volunteers with specific qualifications and experience are welcome, though you don’t need either to join us as a Care volunteer. All we ask is that you bring energy, passion, and commitment to the placement.
Our Care placements are based in and around Nadi and Lautoka on the west coast of Viti Levu. Most volunteers work at kindergartens, though there are also opportunities to volunteer in centers for children with special needs and care homes for the elderly. Please let us know if you have a preference on your application so we can place you according to your skills and interest.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Fiji Care Management Plan.
Volunteering in a Kindergarten in Fiji
The Fijian islands in the South Pacific are home to a courteous, sincere people with ancient traditions. However, Fiji is facing increased poverty as more people move from villages to cities centers.
The class sizes are large at the kindergartens so it’s difficult for local staff to give each child as much attention as they need. Volunteers working here will be able to provide a helping hand by looking after and caring for the children. It is also the perfect opportunity to put any skills and interests you have to use, whether you make arts and crafts, or teach games and songs to the children - your suggestions will be well received. By showing initiative and enthusiasm, the options are endless.
I think my main highlight would be when one of the children wrote his name all on his own. The reason it stays in my memory is because this young boy was behind in all areas compared to the other children. I spent a lot of one on one time helping the child with reading and writing and you really feel a sense of accomplishment when the child achieves something they never thought they would. Read more...
Volunteering with Special Needs Children in Fiji
Projects Abroad also works with centers for children with special needs. Here, volunteers can provide the children with the extra care and attention they need. This project is challenging yet extremely rewarding. There is a great need for people who have experience or qualifications in this field, in particular speech therapy or special needs education. Most importantly they welcome any volunteers who have patience and a strong desire to help wherever necessary.
I had the opportunity to work at a school for special needs students for the month I was there. It was the greatest blessing of the entire trip. The students have so little and the teachers are spread so thin throughout the school and so they appreciated anything we did. Read more...
Volunteering with the Elderly in Fiji
In Fiji, we have placements available for volunteers interested in helping to care for the elderly. These placements can be demanding as some of the adults have mental or physical disabilities, so it is recommended that volunteers be proactive and have a mature attitude.
At the home, you will be a welcome pair of extra hands for the local staff, who are often too busy to give the adults in their care the individual attention they need. You can help with daily tasks such as helping the elderly get ready for the day in the morning, as well as organizing board and card games and arts and crafts activities.
One of the most important things that you can do as a volunteer at an Elderly Care placement is to offer your friendship and companionship. Many of the adults at the home will appreciate the time you spend with them and will enjoy chatting and sharing stories with you.
If you would like to volunteer at a home for the elderly in Fiji, please let us know when you apply.
Volunteering at a Care Placement in Fiji with Projects Abroad
Whatever your skills, they are sure to be put to good use wherever you are working as a Care volunteer. We even have a number of partners who also welcome help with more administrative tasks, such as website design, marketing, research, and grant writing.
The majority of care centers and kindergartens in Fiji have a vacation period from the beginning of December to the end of January. Care volunteers working during this period will continue working at the Projects Abroad summer school that is run in or around Nadi. Projects Abroad volunteers are solely responsible for planning and running all the lessons and it’s a great opportunity to use your imagination and come up with educational lessons, games, arts and crafts, and other activities.
In Fiji, volunteers normally live with a host family that is either walking distance or a short bus ride from their project.
The General Care Project in Fiji is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period. If you are only able to join us for one week, please note that you will only be able to work at a kindergarten placement.
Volunteers seeking a different cultural experience have the option of participating on a more unique project for one week at the end of their project, where you can also volunteer at Care placements in more traditional Fijian villages. For more information, please visit the Community Village Project in Fiji page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.