Volunteer Teaching in Fiji
- Placement locations: Nadi and Lautoka
- Types of schools: Elementary, High School
- Age of students: 4 - 12
- Class sizes: 30+ or small group/individual tutoring
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English, Math, Science, Physical Education), individual tutor
- Requirements: None
- Extra-curricular roles: Art, Drama, IT, Music, Sports
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Teaching in Fiji as a Projects Abroad volunteer will give you a unique new perspective on this island nation. You can gain invaluable teaching experience without any previous qualifications and are not required to have undergone TEFL training.
Fiji is becoming increasingly urbanized, thus speaking English is essential for getting a good job in both the booming tourist industry and other areas of business. English is one of Fiji’s official languages, but most local children speak Fijian or the Fijian Hindi language at home.
Whether you are coming to volunteer during your gap year, career break, or an extended vacation from work or school, you will have a role to play in one of the educational facilities we work with. As a volunteer teacher, you can teach a range of subjects including English, math, science, and physical education. You can also organize extra-curricular activities such as art, drama, IT, music, and sports.
Volunteering as a Teacher in Fiji
Projects Abroad is based in Nadi, the 3rd largest town on the main island of Viti Levu. We work in elementary schools in Nadi, and surrounding towns and villages. Education is not compulsory in Fiji, however 99 percent of Fijian children attend elementary school as it is free to do so for the first eight years of schooling.
Teaching volunteers may choose to focus on the Physical Education, Music, and Arts and Crafts (PEMAC) Program with Projects Abroad. You will teach elementary and high school students. As a teaching assistant, you will follow a customized timetable. If you have artistic skills, you have the opportunity to teach music or arts and crafts. 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.
The impact that volunteer teachers can make on the lives of their students can last a lifetime, but you will also be part of a much larger Projects Abroad volunteer network that is making a continuous contribution to the wider community.
Overall, the Projects Abroad Fiji experience changed my life. It offers so many things for the volunteer: you learn from the students; you learn from the other volunteers, who are from all walks of life; you learn from your host family; you can learn a new language; you teach others about yourself; and most importantly, you learn a ton about yourself by living with and helping others. Read more...
Volunteer teachers in Fiji usually start by working alongside the local Fijian staff to help improve conversational English. Volunteers also help with core subjects like math and science. Through assisting with lessons and introducing fun and interactive ways of learning, such as games and songs, you can improve the students' enthusiasm and develop their confidence. They are sure to be interested in you and your life, so you can take advantage of this by getting them talking about a wide variety of topics.
Volunteers who are also happy to teach sports, particularly rugby or soccer, will be in demand. If you have any other interests or subjects that you would like to teach - such as art, music, or drama - we can match you to a school where you can incorporate these skills.
Did you know? All Fijian children are taught English starting from first grade, in addition to standard Fijian, their local dialect, or Fijian Hindi. Hindi is taught since 48% of Fijians are indo-fijian, meaning they are descended from the Indian subcontinent.
This project 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.
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. 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.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Fiji Teaching Management Plan.