Volunteer English Teaching Projects in Fiji
- Placement locations: Nadi and Lautoka
- Types of schools: Primary and Secondary
- Age of students: 6 - 12
- Class sizes: 25 - 40
- 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 to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, 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
Fiji is becoming increasingly urbanised and speaking English is essential for getting a good job, both in the booming tourist industry and in other fields. As a volunteer, you can help to improve students' language skills, working alongside local teachers and gaining valuable classroom-based work experience.
Projects Abroad is based in Nadi, the third largest town on the main island of Viti Levu. Education is not compulsory in Fiji, however, 99% of Fijian children attend primary school which is free for the first eight years. English is one of Fiji’s official languages, but most local children speak Fijian or the Fijian Hindi language at home.
Your role as an English teacher in Fiji
We work in primary schools in Nadi and in some surrounding smaller towns and villages. Volunteer teachers usually start by working alongside the local Fijian staff to help improve conversational English, as well as core subjects like mathematics and science.
If you do not want to teach more traditional subjects such as English, maths, and science, you can choose to focus on the Physical Education, Music and Arts & Crafts (PEMAC) Programme instead. This is something that is run in all schools in Fiji, so you can teach primary or high school students. Volunteers will still work as a teaching assistant and follow a customised timetable. 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.
There is also the opportunity to coach extracurricular activities, particularly sports such as rugby or football.
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.
We also offer teaching placements in more traditional Fijian villages. Please see the Community Village Project page for more information on village teaching options.
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.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Fiji Teaching Management Plan.