English Teaching Volunteer Projects in Fiji
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, and you are not required to have undergone TEFL training.
Whether you are coming to volunteering during your gap year, career break or an extended holiday, you will have a role to play in one of the schools that we work with, and you will be able to make a real difference.
Fiji is becoming increasingly urbanised and speaking good English is essential for getting a good job, both in the booming tourist industry and in other areas of business.
- 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, 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
Teach in schools with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad is based in Nadi, the 3rd largest town on the main island of Viti Levu. We work in primary schools in Nadi and in some surrounding smaller towns and villages. Education is not compulsory in Fiji, however 99% of Fijian children attend primary school which is free for the first 8 years.
English is one of Fiji’s official languages, but most local children speak Fijian or the Fijian Hindi language at home.
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, like games and songs you can improve the student’s 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.
Volunteers who are happy to also teach some sports, particularly rugby or football will be in demand and 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.
We also offer teaching placements in more traditional Fijian villages. Please see the Community Village Project page for more information on village teaching options.
Volunteering on a Teaching Project in Fiji
Working as a teaching volunteer in Fiji, you will make an important contribution by improving students’ spoken English as well as their basic numeracy and literacy skills, and giving them the confidence that comes from being able to communicate more easily. You will also help to increase cultural awareness and exchange, as the children learn about your culture and customs as you participate in theirs.
As a teaching volunteer, you may choose to focus on the Physical Education, Music and Arts and Crafts (PEMAC) Programme with Projects Abroad. You will teach primary or high school students and, as a teaching assistant, follow a customised 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 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.
Volunteers taking part in our teaching programme in Fiji will also be given the opportunity to take part in our exciting new Global Shark Campaign, which is taking place in 18 countries in 4 continents. As education is so important in conservation we are calling for the help of our teaching volunteers! This help will involve implementing our special shark conservation curriculum to children of a wide range of ages in schools around the world. This curriculum aims to raise the awareness of the importance of sharks and reverse the negative connotations associated with these animals. The teaching methods range from art activities for the younger children to conservation debates for the older students!
The impact that volunteer teachers can make on the lives of their students can last a life-time, but you will also be part of a much larger Projects Abroad volunteer network, which is making a continuous contribution to the wider community.
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.
"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."