For an immersive and heartwarming experience, consider volunteering in rural communities and schools around Fiji with International Volunteer HQ.
Rural schools generally lack sufficient funds for adequate staffing and infrastructure so they rely on the generosity of volunteers to support them.
Volunteers can expect to engage with the locals in their everyday environment through three types of volunteer work.
1. Teaching and sports education. Volunteers work in local schools with 30 to 50 children between the ages of six and 16.
2. Kindergarten Support. Volunteers help in kindergartens and support the teachers with learning and confidence-building activities. They also assist at playtime and help teach the children English.
3. Construction and Renovation. This is an opportunity to make a tangible change to the community through building, demolition, painting, cleaning and gardening.
People who have volunteered in Fiji with International Volunteer HQ report that the interactions with the welcoming and kind-hearted locals make the work rewarding.
Like most volunteer organisations, International Volunteer HQ provides a thorough orientation before you start. You will be supervised during the project, provided with meals and accommodation as well as pickup from the airport.
The Fiji program begins every Monday and volunteers can choose to help between one and 12 weeks.
Your two-day orientation is included in the program duration, so keep this in mind if you’re planning a shorter stay.
International Volunteer HQ focuses on making sure its projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
The children can be very energetic, so volunteers should love the company of children and be comfortable with their behaviour.
When departing the program, the locals will sing a farewell song to the volunteers in both Fijian and English, an emotional reminder of the bonds made in Fiji.