Volunteer with children in Fiji and work in kindergartens to support early childhood development. With your help, children will learn the skills they need to succeed at school. You can also work with children in special needs centres.
As a volunteer, you’ll support the work teachers and caregivers do in low-income communities. You’ll focus on early childhood development and help us work toward our long-term goals, like improving literacy. This is a great way for you to get practical childcare experience and actively make a difference.
During your time in Fiji, you’ll live with a local host family in Nadia or Lautoka, and learn more about the island’s customs and culture. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the beautiful beaches during the weekends.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I be doing on this project?
As a volunteer doing childcare work in Fiji, you’ll support teachers and caregivers in kindergartens or special needs centres. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:
- Promote early childhood education through fun, educational activities
- Work with small groups to Increase the level of stimulation each child receives
- Share knowledge about wellness through health and hygiene workshops
- Improve the lives of those living with special needs
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Promote early childhood development through fun activities
You’ll help local teachers and caregivers create activities that develop the children’s physical, cognitive, and social abilities. This could involve:
- Playing educational games
- Doing arts and crafts
- Singing songs
- Playing sports
Increase the level of stimulation each child receives
In Fiji, large class sizes often prevent teachers from dedicating individual attention and support to each child. You will work closely with students who may be struggling with lessons, bringing small groups together to provide extra support.
Improve awareness of healthy living and the environment
Many Fijians suffer from conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. This is normally caused by a relatively sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. Currently, almost 80% of deaths in Fiji are caused by these types of conditions that could be prevented and managed quite easily with the correct knowledge.
You can help increase wellness levels in Fiji by using class time to present workshops. Topics could include:
- Personal hygiene
- Healthy cooking demonstrations
- Examples of what a healthy lunch box looks like
- Fitness and exercise-related activities
The children can go home and share their knowledge with older family members, encouraging them to consider a more healthy lifestyle.
Improve the lives of those living with special needs
We also work with a number of centres for children with special needs. Here, you can make a big impact by providing individual support and stimulation to the children. Arts and crafts and music lessons are always popular.
If you have a qualification in any sort of therapy, you could also help out with this.
Where will I be working in Fiji?
You will be based on Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, in one of two cities: Nadi or Lautoka.
They are the second and third largest cities in Fiji respectively, and located about 24 km apart on the western side of the island.
We mostly work with kindergartens in these cities, but do also have a few special needs placements.
While Viti Levu is the largest island in the archipelago, Fiji actually consists of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited. Over weekends, you will have free time to explore this real-life tropical paradise with fellow volunteers.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
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Volunteer with Children in Fiji
As a Childcare volunteer in Fiji, our main objective was to promote early childhood development through the use of “play”. We had fun with homemade play-doh and on my last day we made multi-coloured pasta necklaces.
Volunteer with Children in Fiji
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