Volunteer in Fiji with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Fiji

Volunteer in Fiji with International Volunteer HQ, the world's most affordable and trusted volunteer organization. IVHQ has a wide range of volunteer abroad projects in Fiji, including Teaching and Sports Education, Kindergarten, Construction and Renovation, and Childcare and Community Support.
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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 4 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 $390 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
Project: Construction and Renovation
Age: 19
Country: 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 organization 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, organizations 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 travelers 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 south eastern coast of mainland Fiji. Volunteer placements are located in Narere as well as throughout the wider city area of Suva. Volunteers travel to their placements from the volunteer accommodation via public transport.

The Fiji program begins on the first and third Monday of every month. 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

Volunteers on the Teaching and Sports Education project take on an assisting role in rural public schools, helping with teaching a variety of subjects, teaching computer classes or teaching sports education. We encourage volunteers to note their preference on which teaching environment they feel most suited to when applying online for this project. While preferences cannot always be guaranteed it ensures the local team have a good understating on your teaching intentions. For classroom based teaching, volunteers follow a teaching curriculum is based on the curriculum provided by the Fijian government, however experienced teachers will have the freedom to be creative and design their own lesson plans with the permission of the local teacher. The placements are within primary schools, where volunteers teach children aged between 6 and 16 years in classes between 30 to 50 students. The children that volunteers teach on this project are very energetic, for this reason volunteers on the Teaching project should love the company of children and understand their behaviour. Subsequently, loving the company of children, being flexible and being comfortable with enforcing discipline are all important values to have if choosing this project. During regular school holidays and during exam times, volunteer work will continue on the Childcare and Community Support 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. Visit our Online TEFL course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten volunteers will work in a school with children aged 4 and 5 who are right at the start of their education. The type of work volunteers will be involved in will be informal teaching as, like kindergartens throughout the world, the children will want to play with you more than be taught in a formal sense. Your classroom assistance will help the children grow their confidence and assist them with learning English, which will help them 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 on the Kindergarten project work 9 am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday and have the afternoons free to prepare lesson plans for the following day. In some placements, volunteers can choose to support in the afternoon too. 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. During regular school holidays and during exam times, volunteer work will continue on the Childcare and Community Support 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 centers. 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 reminder 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 per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.

Childcare and Community Support

Travelling to Fiji during the school exam and holiday period provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to support a range of different initiatives within the local Fijian community, while the Teaching and Sports Education and Kindergarten projects are closed. Depending on the time of year and need at hand, volunteers help with renovations in the local schools and community centers or working with local youth and elderly to spend their days in a healthy and productive way. Volunteers should be prepared to help out in one or all of these areas while on this project and can expect tasks such as creating their own activity and lesson plans, leading outdoor games and sports activities, arts and crafts, providing encouragement, attention and assistance to the Fijian elderly, and getting their hands dirty with cleaning, gardening, renovations and repairs. The dates of the school holidays and exams vary each year; however support on this project is typically required between November - January, in April and again in August.

Orientation is hosted by our Fiji team at their office in Suva. Orientation will begin on the first Monday morning of your volunteer program and lasts for 2 days. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Fiji – Introduction to Fiji, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement. Please note, this is included in your total duration on the program. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

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:

8.30 AM - Breakfast at the volunteer house.

9.00 AM - Travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project. 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. You will travel back to the volunteer house for lunch or in some cases eat at your placement. After lunch, you will continue your volunteer work (where applicable).

3.00 PM - 4.00 PM - Work at the placement usually ends. You are free to return to the volunteer house, plan for the following day’s activities or use your free time as you wish.

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. Volunteers should 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 per person, per week, while a private room with a private bathroom is an additional US $135 per person, per week. Private rooms are subject to availability and therefore volunteers must secure this well in advance. 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.

Fijian food is tasty and diverse, with 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.

Volunteers have the weekends free and this time is more commonly spent travelling farther afield in Fiji to one of the pristine coast lines, 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 organize 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.

Map of 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 on the first and third Monday of every month. 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.

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