Fiji Children and Schools

9-16 days

from £829

Trip Highlights

  • Spend your days working with the children and helping to improve their education
  • Experience the laid back lifestyle of living on a Fijian Island – Live on the beach, dine under the starts and drift off to sleep with the sound of the waves lapping!
  • Enjoying free time at weekends- relax on the beach or get active and try out snorkelling, kayaking or trekking! 

Trip Summary

Get stuck in and volunteer in a school in the stunning Yasawa Islands, Fiji. As a volunteer on this rewarding project you'll be supporting the students inside and outside of the classroom, teaching extracurricular activities, playing sports and games and preparing teaching resources. 

By volunteering you'll be lending a much needed pair of hands allowing the children to get the one to one support they need to develop their education, giving them the best chance possible of being successful in their adult lives. 

Outside of your volunteering you'll be kicking back and relaxing in the beachside resort accommodation- swing in a hammock, bathe in the warm tropical water off one of the three beaches and feast on delicious Fijian food cooked for you by the resorts very own chef!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

The project works with the three primary schools and the only secondary school in the whole Yasawa region and you will be placed in one of these depending on need and availability. The ages of children you’ll be working with in the schools can vary from preschool children through to adult students who have returned to school.

The project focuses on three main areas in particular which you will be getting involved in; early learning programs for the village preschools, one on one reading programs which are established in the primary schools and lastly the vocational programs which are just for the secondary school students.

With very few preschools in the remote location of Yasawa Islands, many children struggle to get a good start to their education and as a result pass rates in schools are very low. Despite the lack of resources the students are very dedicated to their studies and children as young as five years old have to board away from their homes and families just to receive an education. By volunteering and offering another pair of hands you can improve the children’s learning environment and play an important part in the students learning ensuring they receive the education they deserve.

**Please note; the programme still runs during school holidays, however, an alternative itinerary will be in place**

You will be volunteering Monday to Friday with your weekends free to spend however you like. A typical day will start early when you will get up and have breakfast, before making the transfer to your project which takes 30-60 minutes. You volunteering will usually finish mid-afternoon when you’ll be taken back to the accommodation and will have the rest of the afternoon to relax.

Your activities will be quite varied allowing you to get stuck into a number of projects and develop your skills, as well as helping out in all aspects of the education program. Your activities could include any of the following:

  • Preparing teaching resources
  • Supporting students inside and outside of the classroom
  • Reading to primary school children
  • Teach extracurricular activities and skills
  • Play sports and games with the children

Sometimes the weather will not permit you to travel to your project. But don’t worry, there will still be plenty of activities to keep you occupied. You would most likely remain on Drawaqa Island and help staff clear walking tracks, remove unwanted plants which are taking over the natural fauna or helping out with vegetable gardens. 

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival into Nadi International Airport (Airport code NAN)
Bula Fiji! You'll be met at Nadi International Airport by our in-country team who will take you to your accommodation, which is approximately half an hour away.

If you aren't able to arrange a fligt to get you into Nadi in time for the orientation then we suggest that you fly in a day early. We can helo you arrange this so give us a call for more information. 

Day 2 (Saturday): Transfer to the Yasawas
You'll meet the Programme Manager at 8am, who will give you a pre-volunteering briefing where you will meet your fellow volunteers and find out what you will be doing for the duration of your program.

Feel the fresh sea wind rushing through your hair as you take to the water and set sail for your new home on the idyllic Yasawa islands. When you arrive at the resort there will be time for you to settle in before lunch and a briefing which will help you get to know the volunteers and staff a bit better.

Day 3 (Sunday): Free day
Today is your free day to chill out at the resort with your new friends. Make the most of it as this is your last day relaxing before starting your project tomorrow!

Days 4-8 (Monday to Friday): The project
The in-country team will introduce you to the teachers and children who you will be spending the duration of the project with. You’ll spend the rest of the day getting to know the children and getting involved with the volunteering.

You will be working from around 8am to 3pm each day and you will be getting involved with all aspects within the school. You could be volunteering in preschools, primary schools or the one secondary school in the Yasawa region and your roles could involve assisting teachers with lessons, creating teaching resources and playing games with the children.

Days 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday): It’s the weekend!
The weekends are for you to spend as you wish. If you’re after some well-earned rest and relaxation then there are plenty of quiet spots on the island to chill out.

If you’re ready for an adventure then you can hop on a boat and explore the nearby islands, experience the culture with a visit to a local village or witness to beauty of Fiji’s fantastic underwater world by trying out snorkelling or scuba diving!

You should allow around $150 FJD for a variety of extra activities.

If you are volunteering on the programme for the one week duration then day 9 will be your last day and you'll transfer back to the main island for your onward travels.

Following days/weeks
The following weeks will be similar to that of your first as you become more involved in the project. Make the most of every second of your time in this incredible country as you’ll be surprised by how quickly the days come and go.

Last day (Saturday)
You'll meet your program manager at 8am at Port Denarau for a compulsory de-brief and transfer back to the mainland. Say your final farewells to your new friends and wave goodbye to Fiji. We recommend not flying out of Fiji until Sunday and the local team can help you book an extra night in Nadi locally.

Accommodation & Meals

During your stay in the remote Yasawa region you’ll be staying in a resort on Drawaqa Island in a room with your fellow volunteers (only 4 people per room). The dorms are traditional Fijian bures (wood and straw houses) and there are simple shared bathroom facilities in the centre of the resort.

During your stay in the remote Yasawa region you'll be staying in a resort on Drawaqa Island in a room with your fellow volunteers (only 4 people per room). The dorms are traditional Fijian bures (wood and straw houses) and there are simole shard rooms. 

The hostel offers beachside accommodation with simple facilities reflecting the environmentally friendly nature of the resort.  There is a waterfront bar area right on the beach for you to chill out and socialise with your fellow volunteers after the day’s work and if you’re looking to relax there are hammocks across the island.

There is definitely no chance of being bored in the evenings, the resort often organises evening entertainment to give you a better insight into the rich Fijian culture. Entertainment includes Fijian fire dancing displays, kava ceremonies and traditional Fijian songs and music.

Wi-Fi is available and the staff will clean you room and make your bed daily. Washing facilities are available for a small charge.

The resort is located on the stunning Drawaqa Island nestled in between three beautiful beaches. Much of the resort's surrounding water have been declared a Marine Reserve so expect to see manta rays gliding past the island and an abundance of coral reefs offering fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities. It’s a great place to come back to after a day’s volunteering as the beach setting and laid back lifestyle makes it easy for you to relax and truly enjoy your time in Fiji.

All of the projects are based on Naviti Island which is a 30-60 minute transfer by boat depending on your project.

Three meals will be served daily. Your accommodation has its very own chef who will prepare your meals for you giving you the perfect chance to sample Fiji's finest cuisine!

Eligibility & FAQ's

Minimum age 18

Whats Included

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Airport Pick-up
  • In-Country Orientation
  • Local In-Country Team and 24 hour Emergency Support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visa's
  • Return Airport Transfer
  • Recommended extra night in Nadi at end of programme
  • Additional Food and Drinks

Flights

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to arrange the correct visa/s for your time away. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Fiji. Entry to Fiji is normally refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing.

Visa courier service

For those of you who would prefer a specialist company to take care of your visa needs, we have teamed up Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice when arranging your visa/s for your time away; making your preparations for your trip easier and more straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

Reviews

I've done this trip

Write review

No Reviews, Yet

Dates & Prices

Select your option:

Showing all departures (88)

Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 2nd Jun 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 2nd Jun 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 9th Jun 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 9th Jun 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 16th Jun 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 16th Jun 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 23rd Jun 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 23rd Jun 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 30th Jun 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 30th Jun 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 7th Jul 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 7th Jul 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 14th Jul 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 14th Jul 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 21st Jul 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 21st Jul 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 28th Jul 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 28th Jul 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 4th Aug 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 4th Aug 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 11th Aug 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 11th Aug 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 18th Aug 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 18th Aug 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 25th Aug 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 25th Aug 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 1st Sep 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 1st Sep 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 8th Sep 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 8th Sep 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 15th Sep 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 15th Sep 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 22nd Sep 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 22nd Sep 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 29th Sep 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 29th Sep 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 6th Oct 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 6th Oct 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 13th Oct 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 13th Oct 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 20th Oct 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 20th Oct 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 27th Oct 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 27th Oct 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 3rd Nov 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 3rd Nov 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 10th Nov 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 10th Nov 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 17th Nov 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 17th Nov 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 24th Nov 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 24th Nov 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 1st Dec 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 1st Dec 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 8th Dec 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 8th Dec 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 15th Dec 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 15th Dec 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 22nd Dec 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 22nd Dec 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 29th Dec 2017 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 29th Dec 2017 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 5th Jan 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 5th Jan 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 12th Jan 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 12th Jan 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 19th Jan 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 19th Jan 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 26th Jan 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 26th Jan 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 2nd Feb 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 2nd Feb 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 9th Feb 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 9th Feb 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 16th Feb 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 16th Feb 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 23rd Feb 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 23rd Feb 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 2nd Mar 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 2nd Mar 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 9th Mar 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 9th Mar 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 16th Mar 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 16th Mar 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 23rd Mar 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 23rd Mar 2018 £1,449 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 9 days 30th Mar 2018 £829 Book Now
Fiji Children and Schools - 16 days 30th Mar 2018 £1,449 Book Now