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Flexi Trips - A flexible project that gives you the support and independence you need as you volunteer
Fiji > Childcare
Completely flexible dates
Nadi (Read More)
Host family Read More
Anyone aged 16 or over 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 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)
Is volunteering with children in Fiji right for me?
If you’ve ever dreamed of living on a tropical island and want to do some good at the same time, volunteer work with children in Fiji is for you!
The project is open to anyone who loves working with children and wants to get some practical experience. It will also add skills to your CV, like leadership and planning, that can help your future career.
You don’t need any prior childcare experience. All you need is energy, a touch of creativity, and a desire to help. Our staff are there to help and guide you. We also provide you with training, workshops, and resources.
Some of the children we work with have special needs and require speech therapy. If you have a background in these fields, your assistance would be welcomed.
Our Childcare Project in Fiji runs year round, and you can join at any time from a minimum of two weeks. We encourage you to stay longer so you can have a bigger impact on the children you work with.
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.
What will my typical day be like as a Childcare volunteer in Fiji?
You will start your day with breakfast, prepared by and enjoyed with your host family. After breakfast, you’ll take public transport to your placement. On your first day, Projects Abroad staff will travel with you so that you learn how to get to your placement.
Your day will normally run from about 8.30am to 3pm, coinciding with kindergarten times.
In the mornings, you’ll help teachers with more academic class activities, such as literacy and numeracy. After the children’s morning break, it’s time to have some fun with arts and crafts, games, and reading. Our assessment checklists will help you determine which activities to focus on with the children.
If you work close to where your host family lives, you can head home for lunch. If not, your lunch will be provided at the placement.
In the afternoons, you can offer remedial classes to small groups of students who may need extra attention.
Evenings and weekends are your free time to relax and explore with fellow volunteers or new local friends.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The main aim of this project is to support local kindergarten teachers and caregivers in Fiji and promote early childhood education. With a good educational foundation, young children then have the skills they need to succeed at school.
We work in low-income areas where class sizes are far too big to allow teachers time to work personally with children. As a volunteer, you provide an extra pair of hands to reach more children. We also work with a special needs centre which almost 100 children attend. They greatly benefit from receiving experienced and qualified volunteers to support them in their daily care.
We’ve laid out five goals in our Childcare Management Plan to help us make this project sustainable:
- Promote early childhood development
- Increase literacy
- Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
- Improve awareness of healthy living and the environment
- Improve the level of stimulation to each child
You can help us reach these goals by signing up to be a Childcare volunteer in Fiji.
After reading about the projects and experiences that [Projects Abroad] offered, I decided to add it to my bucket list of things to do one day. I could not believe the vast amount of projects they offered all over the world, and the fact that Projects Abroad was one of the most respected organisations in its industry made it easy to make my decision to travel with them.
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
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.
Meet the team in Fiji
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