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Teach children in Fiji

The schools in Fiji are in desperate need of two types of teachers, those with experience and those without! 

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If you are looking for something different, or can't get teaching Work in NZ at the moment - this might just be the experience your CV needs!

Visit the beautiful Island town of Suva in Fiji and teach children of differing age groups. This is a way to make a very significant and worthwhile contribution to the children of Fiji.

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You will have the freedom to be creative and design your own lesson plans in a relaxed environment, fondly referred to as Island time,  the Fijian way of doing things. 

Location

Suva is located on the southeast coast of the island Vitti Levu. It is the capital of the country and the largest most cosmopolitan city of Fiji. Suva has an approximate amount of 86,000 inhabitants and works as a harbour city built on the peninsula. The city has a warm rainy tropical weather throughout the year. 

Volunteer Accommodation

Volunteers will stay at our partners volunteer centre in Suva, usually this will be in shared bedrooms at the house Centre. All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with thought, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy. The accommodation is dorm style, with rooms shared by 4-6 people with it's own bathroom. 

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There are refrigerators at the accommodation for volunteers to use. Bathrooms have hot water facilities and all rooms have wall-fans to cool off the room. There is Wi-Fi at the centre. Unfortunately the quality of internet is not as fast as it is at home and might occasionally be slow and irregular. :-)

Meals

Three meals, per day are served for the duration of your placement on weekdays, and two meals per day on the weekends for the duration of your trip. Breakfast and dinner is served at the weekday time during the weekend. Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner are typical Fijian style.

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Program Description

Fiji has over 700 primary schools and 150 secondary schools spread across both the public and private sectors. Most expats send their children to a private schools, with the majority selecting the international schools located in either Suva or Nadi. 

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Public schools in Fiji are open to expat enrolment, but are rarely used due to somewhat erratic educational standards. 

While public schools are theoretically mixed-race, socio-economic issues and the geographic distribution of ethnic groups mean that, in practice, the schools often comprise a single race. 

In many villages, there will be a small school with teachers doing their best to serve the students spread across a variety of educational levels. Fiji is a country in much need of external help, especially with its young population. 


You will live as a local and experience a Fiji that tourists never do.

 

Most locals on Fiji can’t afford to travel, and in the villages there is little chance of contact with the outside world. Your teaching enables students to form relationships with someone from another culture, and the teachers can learn different teaching methods and techniques. Mainly though, you will assist the regular school teacher, so you do not need to have any teaching background. If you are qualified you will be given more responsibility. 

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The children in Fiji are in desperate need of two types of teachers, those with experience and those without, we have found both can make a very significant and worthwhile contributions. 

The experienced teacher will find the freedom to be creative and design their own lesson plans, a refreshing change for some of our more mature participants, who tell us it takes them back to the “good old days.” 

Those with less or no experience will have whatever support and guidance is needed from our Teaching Centre, a relaxed environment matching the Fijian way of doing things, but with up to date teaching methods from experienced teachers. 

You have to love children and understand their behaviour, as you will be surrounded with loads of them every day and their friendliness can sometimes become over exuberant, but they are children after all.

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Aims & Objectives

The objective is to teach and educate the different age group of children in different levels. 

Schedule Monday to Friday

  • Program Activities
  • Planning lessons
  • Doing crafts
  • Computer class
  • Conversation
  • English language teaching
  • Level exams
  • Dynamic activities
  • You may choose to focus on the Physical Education, Music, and Arts and Crafts or expertise which you already have. 
  • You will teach primary 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.
  • Program participant criteria

An interest in teaching is necessary.

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