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Volunteer in Fiji with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Fiji

Volunteer in Fiji with International Volunteer HQ, Britain's most affordable and trusted volunteer organisation. Volunteers are based throughout a variety of Fijian communities, volunteering in and around Suva on the south eastern coast of mainland Fiji. You can choose from 3 volunteer project options in Fiji, including Teaching and Sports Education, Kindergarten and Construction and Renovation. With volunteer program fees starting from US$370 (approximately £295), you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organisation in Fiji.
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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 3 meaningful project opportunities
  • Projects based in Suva, the capital city of Fiji
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$370 (approximately £295) for 1 week
  • Between 20 and 70 volunteers start in Fiji each month
It was an amazing experience and the people were beautiful. The experience has definitely changed my life for the better.
IVHQ Volunteer - Jade Whelan
Jade Whelan
Nationality: Australian
Age: 19
Destination: Fiji
  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Fiji to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Fiji will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Fiji with your new-found friends.

The IVHQ Fiji Program is based in the capital city, Suva, which is on the southeastern coast of mainland Fiji. Volunteer placements are located in Narere and throughout the wider city area of Suva. Volunteers are required to fly into Nadi International Airport (NAN) or Nausori International Airport (SUV), which is a 11 hour flight from most major airports in Britain. Volunteers travel to their placements from the volunteer accommodation via public transport. The accommodation is roughly 1 hour from the nearest beach via public transport.

The Fiji program begins every Monday. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Please note that the 2-day orientation is included in your chosen program duration.

Teaching and Sports Education

On the Teaching and Sports project, volunteers work in local schools, in classrooms of 30 to 50 children between the age of 6 and 16. The Teaching component of the project is held in the mornings, either assisting a local teacher or leading a class independently. These assignments are made by the local team dependent on the skills, experience and confidence level indicated in your application. Volunteers follow a government-issued curriculum, but they are encouraged to plan creative lessons with the permission of the local teachers. In the afternoons, volunteers have their choice of activities - either continued teaching, lesson planning or helping with physical education and extracurricular sports. The sports component of the project can be unstructured in comparison to western standards but volunteers have the flexibility to teach their choice of sports/activities with limited equipment available. The children are very energetic, so volunteers should love the company of children and understand their behaviour, while being comfortable with enforcing discipline. It is important to note that as this project is based in schools, availability is based on the Fijian school term schedule. During school exams and holidays (typically April, August, November through January), this project closes temporarily and volunteers shift into helping with a day camp that provides recreational and educational activities to local children while the schools are closed. Additionally, occasional events like exams, graduation, festivals and other school activities may occasionally impact how volunteers provide support, so flexibility is necessary for this project. As volunteers work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, they do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers or coaches to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.


Kindergarten volunteers work in local kindergartens with children aged 4 and 5, helping local teachers with informal learning and confidence-building activities, playtime and teaching them basic English which will help with their future education. Volunteers are welcome to bring any tactile and creative ideas they have to the classroom and discuss these ideas with the local team. Volunteers work in the morning from 9 am to 12 noon and have their choice of activities in the afternoons - either continuing to teach at the Kindergarten, helping with the Teaching and Sports Education project or lesson planning for the following day. The Kindergarten project is ideal for volunteers who love working with children and are new to the world of volunteering, as all volunteers work alongside local placement staff who can guide volunteers in daily tasks and activities. It is important to note that as this project is based in schools, availability is based on the Fijian school term schedule. During school exams and holidays (typically April, August, November through January), this project closes temporarily and volunteers shift into helping with a day camp that provides recreational and educational activities to local children while the schools are closed. Additionally, occasional events like exams, graduation, festivals and other school activities may occasionally impact how volunteers provide support, so flexibility is necessary for this project.

Construction and Renovation

The Construction and Renovation project is a fantastic opportunity to provide tangible benefits and assistance to the local placements we work with in Narere. Many of the schools we work with do not have the funding to renovate their classrooms or build libraries and resource centres. Volunteers work under the guidance of a local project coordinator and tasks can vary depending on the project underway at any given time. Tasks may include building, demolition, painting, cleaning, repairing fixtures and gardening/landscaping. Volunteers typically work for 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday and have the remainder of their day free for their own use. Some volunteers decide to supplement their work with the teaching project in the afternoons. This project is suitable for all volunteers who are interested in getting their hands dirty and who are generally enthusiastic about physical work; no previous experience or skills are required. Please note, the Construction and Renovation project has an extra cost of US$50 (approximately £40) per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project. If you choose to join the Introduction Week, the weekly surcharge will start on your second week. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.

The program orientation begins every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Suva on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive in Fiji. There are two airport options for arriving to the Fiji program - Nausori International Airport (SUV) in Suva or Nadi International Airport (NAN) in Nadi.

Nausori International Airport is the most convenient for an airport pick-up, which are provided here on Saturdays and Sundays only. Nadi International Airport is the main international airport, where direct flights are more common and less expensive. Some volunteers opt to fly here and then take a 4.5 hour bus trip to Suva. If you choose this option and arrive into Nadi between 6am and 6pm on Saturday or Sunday, you will be met at the airport by a member of the local team who will provide assistance with your bus transfer to Suva, where you will be picked up at the bus station. If you arrive on a weekday or after 6pm on the weekend, you can arrange your own accommodation in Nadi and then make your way to Suva via bus the following morning. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are travelling in Fiji prior to your volunteer program, you will need to make your own way to the volunteer accommodation and the local team will provide guidance on this.

There are two options for orientation for the Fiji Program. The first option is a one-day orientation, which begins on the morning of your chosen start date and runs for a full day. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Fiji, including an introduction to Fiji, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.

The second option is Introduction Week, hosted by our Fiji team in Suva. The Introduction Week begins on the morning of your chosen start date and runs for the first five days of your stay. It is an awesome way to kickstart your volunteer abroad experience and it covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Fiji, plus you’ll learn more about the culture and get to tick off must-do Fiji experiences! Please note, the Introduction week is included in your total duration on the program.

The Introduction Week schedule is outlined below:

Monday Volunteer orientation (an introduction to Fiji and your program, Fijian culture lessons, travel and tour opportunities), followed by a tour of Suva city and a Kava Welcome Ceremony
Tuesday Visit Mosquito Island and enjoy swimming and relaxing at the beach
Wednesday Fijian Cooking class and languages class
Thursday Museum and Colo-I-Suva Waterfall visit
Friday Weaving Class and project preparation

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on the needs of the program, local weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

If you wish to participate in the Introduction Week, you can indicate this on your application form when you apply for the program or let your Program Manager know at least two weeks before you begin the program. Your IVHQ Program Manager will then add this to your file, as you need to book your place prior to departing for Fiji.

On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with. A typical volunteer day is as follows:

7.30 - 8.30 AM - Breakfast at the volunteer house and then travel to your placement to join local placement staff.

9.00 AM - Start at your placement. Please note that start times and daily workload depends on the project that you are participating on (some placements run in the afternoon and volunteers on these placements will have the morning to create their lesson plans, or can join another project).

12.00 PM - Volunteers break for lunch. Most volunteers travel back to the volunteer house for lunch, while some volunteers may be provided lunch at their placement.

2.00 PM - Work at your placement usually ends. You are free to use this time to lesson plan for tomorrow or spend the afternoon exploring.

5.30 PM - Dinner at the volunteer house. After dinner, you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.

Please note, this schedule will vary depending on the needs of your particular project.

Evenings : To ensure the safety of our volunteers and respect of others in the volunteer accommodation, a curfew of 11:30 PM has been put in place for every evening, including the weekend. If you wish to stay out longer, you must discuss this first with our local team and arrange alternative accommodation.

Volunteers are accommodated alongside other volunteers in dormitory-style volunteer houses, which are located in a safe suburb near the community where volunteers work, approximately 20 minutes from central Suva and 45 minutes from the nearest beach. You can expect to share a room with four to six other volunteers of the same gender. Couples or individuals who want more privacy have two options to upgrade to private accommodation. A private room in the volunteer house with a shared bathroom is an additional US$65 (approximately £55) per person, per week, while a private room with a private bathroom is an additional US$135 (approximately £110) per person, per week. Private rooms are subject to availability and therefore you must arrange this well in advance of your program.

The volunteer house is basic but comfortable and has a very strong friendly Fijian culture - you will be part of the Fijian family in no time. A curfew of 11:30 PM is in effect every evening (including weekends) to ensure the safety and respect of others in the volunteer accommodation.

To access WiFi, we recommend purchasing a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone. The local team can assist you with purchasing this during your program orientation in Suva. WiFi is also available at cafes and restaurants in Suva.

Fijian food is tasty and diverse, with a strong influence of Indian and Chinese cuisine. Meals are served at the volunteer house 3 times per day during the week. Breakfast and dinner are served during the weekends and volunteers are responsible for their own lunches. Typical dishes include chow mein (Fiji style stir-fried noodles and vegetables), starches such as cassava, taro, sweet potato, breadfruit and rice, stews, soups and curries. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.


Length of Program Program Fee £GBP ($USD)
1 week £295 ($370)
2 weeks £415 ($520)
3 weeks £535 ($670)
4 weeks £655 ($820)
5 weeks £760 ($950)
6 weeks £865 ($1,085)
8 weeks £1,080 ($1,355)
10 weeks £1,295 ($1,625)
12 weeks £1,510 ($1,895)
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee from US$299 (~£240) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. Please note IVHQ fees are charged in USD.
  • Certain projects in Fiji are subject to additional costs
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours, transport to and from your placement if required.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in Fiji generally find US$100 to be sufficient for weekly expenses
Registration Fee
What it covers
  • Most affordable program fees
  • Dedicated support from a volunteer expert
  • Complete MyIVHQ account access
  • Online volunteer training
  • Comprehensive program guide
  • Deals on flights and travel insurance
  • IVHQ alumni membership
Program Fee
What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

Volunteers have the weekends free and this time is more commonly spent travelling farther afield in Fiji to one of the pristine coastlines, beaches or rainforests. We highly recommend that you budget for these additional weekend trips. Volunteers can spend the weekends exploring Suva, visiting Colo-I-Suva or Mosquito Island and searching the craft and produce markets in Suva’s town centre. It is also easy to head to the Coral Coast, which is a stretch of beaches and bays between Nadi and Suva. Along this coastline is the Pacific Harbour (approximately 2.5 hours from Suva), which is the self-proclaimed ‘Adventure Capital’ of Fiji. From Pacific Harbour you can organise activities, such as kayaking, white-water rafting, shark feeding, jet ski tours, zip lining and diving.

See our Fiji Travel and Tours page to learn more about the volunteer travel and tour opportunities available in Fiji.

Capital Suva
Population 881,065
Languages English, Fijian and Fijian Hindi
Currency Fijian Dollar (FJD)
Time zone UTC+12:00

Weather and climate: Fiji has a hot climate all year round with maximum temperatures averaging between 26°C and 31°C (79°F - 88°F). The wet season runs from November to April and the dry season runs from June through to April. The wet season is characterised by high humidity with heavy downpours followed by sunshine. The dry season is when temperatures are typically cooler with little rainfall.

The Fiji program begins every Monday. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Please note that the 2-day orientation is included in your chosen program duration.

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in Fiji.

Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!