English Teaching Volunteering Projects in Fiji
- Placement locations: Nadi and Lautoka
- Types of schools: Primary and Secondary
- Age of students: 4 - 12
- Class sizes: 30+ or small group/individual tutoring
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English, Maths, Science, Sports), individual tutor
- Extra-curricular roles: Art, Drama, IT, Music, Sports
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From two weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
No Previous Teaching Experience Required
Teaching in Fiji as a Projects Abroad volunteer will give you a unique new perspective on this island nation. You can gain invaluable teaching work experience without any previous qualifications or TEFL training.
Whether you are coming to volunteer during your gap year, career break or extended holiday, you can play an instrumental role in one of our partner schools.
The impact that volunteer teachers can make on the lives of their students can last a lifetime. You will also be part of a much larger Projects Abroad volunteer network, which is making a continuous contribution to the wider community.
Some Background on Fiji
Fiji is becoming increasingly urbanised and speaking English is essential for getting a good job, both in the booming tourist industry and in other areas of business.
Projects Abroad is based in Nadi, the third largest town on the main island of Viti Levu. Education is not compulsory in Fiji, however, 99% of Fijian children attend primary school which is free for the first eight years.
English is one of Fiji’s official languages, but most local children speak Fijian or the Fijian Hindi language at home.
Teaching Placements in Fiji
We work in primary schools in Nadi and in some surrounding smaller towns and villages. Volunteer teachers usually start by working alongside the local Fijian staff to help improve conversational English, as well as core subjects like maths and science.
Through assisting with English lessons and introducing fun and interactive ways of learning you can improve the students’ enthusiasm and develop their confidence. They are sure to be interested in you and your life, and you can take advantage of this to get them talking about a wide variety of topics.
Participate in PEMAC
If you do not want to teach more traditional subjects such as English, Maths, and Science, you can choose to focus on the Physical Education, Music and Arts and Crafts (PEMAC) Programme instead. This is something that is run in all schools in Fiji, so you can teach primary or high school students. You will still work as a teaching assistant and follow a customised timetable. 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.
Participate in Teaching Workshops
The Projects Abroad team in Fiji organise weekly workshops for our Teaching volunteers. The workshops will provide you with a valuable insight into the education system in Fiji and the background of the school where you’re working. You will also receive advice and suggestions regarding lesson planning, classroom discipline and activities to carry out at your teaching placement.
Teach Sports and Extracurricular Activities
Volunteers who are happy to also teach some sports, particularly rugby or football, will be in demand. If you have any other interests or subjects you would like to teach – such as maths, art, music or drama, we can match you to a school where you can incorporate these skills.
Community Village Project
We also offer teaching placements in more traditional Fijian villages. Please see the Community Village Project page for more information on village teaching options.
Join a Teaching Project for Two or Three Weeks
You can join a Teaching project in Fiji for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a 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 volunteering for a longer period.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Fiji Teaching Management Plan.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
A Word From a Former Volunteer
"There are so many things that I will remember, but I think my most memorable moment was when we finally managed to get class 4 to understand long multiplication and made a game out of it usually involving the teams ‘the white tigers’ and ‘the all blacks’. It was so satisfying to watch the penny drop and teach them something which they were getting excited about. The whole trip has been amazing and I am extremely grateful to Projects Abroad for the overall experience."
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