Trip Type : Group Tour
Volunteer with Children in Fiji tour

Volunteer with Children in Fiji

Global Vision International
4.8 . Excellent
95%
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
14 days
From: $ 2,290 $ 164 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Teaching children and seeing them progress
  • Exploring Fiji to see beautiful sights, island hopping
  • Hiking to waterfalls, dolphin watching, scuba diving
  • Snorkeling, traditional ceremonies
  • Beautiful  beaches
  • Climbing volcanoes
  • Enjoying breathtaking scenery
  • Meeting inspirational people
  • Making lifelong friends, loving Fiji!

Short Description

The beaches and coral reefs, luscious forests, intimate traditional villages and mountainous backdrop of the Dawasamu District makes volunteering in Fiji a truly stunning and unique experience.

At each of our community project sites this program aims to support under-resourced local schools and teachers through the provision of volunteer assistance with teaching, games and activities both inside the class and out.

Working with indigenous Fijian communities, we provide the opportunity to become fully immersed in local Fijian culture whilst supporting local children through their education and improving their future prospects.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Fiji
End City Fiji

Trip Includes

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter

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Itinerary

Project Life

Morning assembly usually marks the beginning of the day followed by a teachers’ meeting to discuss the plan for the day. The rest of the school day will be spent focusing on teaching, organising and running activities and providing assistance to other teachers.

You will stay in basic dormitory accommodation with a communal kitchen and work area and living space to relax with fellow volunteers. In the evenings the team will gather to eat and share stories, meals are cooked by teams on a rotational basis.

For weekends you will be spoilt for choice in this beautiful exotic location. Snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking and island hopping are just some of your options to explore.

Project Details

Our local partners, the community and local council have specifically requested our assistance with English language teaching, mathematics, sports education and arts.

As local teachers are under-resourced there is an immediate need to provide them with assistance and additional English language resources.

In assisting teachers with lessons, you will help improve the education of disadvantaged Fijian children.

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on the program.

Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with GVI. Our field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Fiji!

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Price Per Day: $ 164 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 358

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21 Global Vision International Travel Reviews & Ratings

95%
4.8 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 19
Great 1
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Disappointing 1
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Volunteer with Children in Fiji

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I recommend this to anyone that is looking to do something different.

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GVI stands for something great. Volunteering for them is by far my greatest and proudest thing I've done. I'm fortunate to have been able to do it twice. I recommend this to anyone that is looking to do something different. The whole experience changed the way I treat life. I grew so much and I met a best friend out of it. My first trip I taught my 5 year old class a dance to jingle bells for their Christmas show. My second experience I built a piggery. Fiji has become my favourite place in the world. Any country that has GVI involved is worth visiting!!
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I would and have recommended GVI volunteering to everyone I know.

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I spent two months in Silana village working in the dawasamu district school and had the most incredible time. I wish everyday that I can go back and do more than I did last time and see all the amazing people I met again. My time in fiji working with gvi was the best thing I've ever done.. I've literally turned my room into fiji I miss it so much!
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We always have great time and its worthwhile!

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My husband and I have been on GVI programs in Namibia, Cochin,South India and Luang Prabang and are going to Kenya very soon! Each time we say ,This will be the last as we are quite old [61 this time!] but you never know!! We always have a great time and feel that we have done something worthwhile and got to know another part of the world as someone a bit than a tourist. Looking forward to our next adventure!
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Enjoyable!

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I volunteered at Mavorovouni, Lakonikos bay by helping sea turtles, their name in Greek is caretta caretta which are loggerhead turtles. I met some funny and wonderful people from different countries. Relaxing at the beach and swimming. Been there June/July for two weeks. I also got to see the sights of Athens, Delphi and Cape Sounion.
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I cant wait to go back to South Africa in the future!

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I spent two months at Karongwe in June/July this year and I have got to say it was the best two months of my life! I had some amazing experience like watching leopards mating and having elephants in the back yard.
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Good for tourism, not so much for learning

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I did the GVI internship on April last year - which is basically the expedition but with a few extras. For that I spent 3 months on a game reserve and another 3 months in a work place.
First thing you should know: game reserves are, above everything else, a business. There's no truly wild place in South Africa. Being the property of someone and a profitable business, it must be managed. I would say the reserve is like a zoo without cages.
For that, we need to give way to the tourists satying at the lodges, going on game drives. As I said, the reserve is a business, and a lot of wrong decisions can be made, not regarding the well being of the wildlife. What we in our time in GVI is locating everyday the lions and the semi-imprinted cheetah (which sometimes you will get out of the vehicle and go into the block to locate her on foot). We take basic data as behaviour, location and wheater conditions and type it at the computer back at base. Only the volunteer responsible for data on that specific drive will do it, though. Other activities during drive include operating the telemetry equipment, doing vehicle check before drive, operating the spotlight on the way back to base when it's already dark.
We collect data on other animals we might come across, like rhinos, elephants, buffalos, hyenas, etc. But these we do not track, so it's not the priority to locate first, coming across them only by chance or if we have time left after finding the "key" animals.
Sometimes volunteers will do other tasks such as reserve work by cleaning the roads, educational bush walks, base work (which is a rotation of volunteers to look after the base - cooking, cleaning - during the day).
As an intern, you will have some extra activities that the common volunteers don't. That would be basically for your education about the bush and conservation through game reserves. You will have a few lectures and will have to do some assignments. You will have a mentor to talk about your goals. And you will learn about tracks, birds and trees. But most of your knowledge, will come from your own effort. There as several books available at base and staff members willing to answer your questions. But if you don't commit yourself with your self education, you won't learn as much as you could.
There's three bathrooms, two of them with shower (not the best of showers, but at least there's hot water). Currently there are three dorms for volunteers. Most of the matress are very old and used and you will sleep on bunk beds. It's something you can get used to quickly, sleep in a room full of people and later on you can even miss it. Most of volunteers go to bed early, before 9, as we need to get up before the sun rise. The meals are prepared by the volunteers in charge, a pre made menu that can be adjusted to any diet requirements.

My second part of the program was spent in CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) based on Durban. Even if I had all the help from GVI to get there, with tips of flights, places to stay and transport, I had to deal with the costs.
CROW has nothing to do with GVI except the booking, so I won't give the feedback of my time there here. But I got there thanks to GVI. When calculating the fee for volunteering at CROW, through GVI the value is around 4 to 5 times more. So if you're interested, I recommend booking directly with CROW and not any travel or volunteering agency.

The cost for internship or volunteering with GVI is very high. There are plenty of game reserves that take volunteers for much less. Of course I can only talk about my experience with GVI, and in general I'm really thankful that it started a 2 year journey through South Africa. In the end was definetely worth it. I will always remember my time at the reserve and cherish deeply as one of the greatest moments of my life.

I recommend this program for whoever wants to do a safari in South Africa and take good pictures while making friends and getting closer to the environment. Is a much better way to know the wildlife and also to keep yourself busy during a trip. You will have an amazing experience. It just wouldn't be my first option for an educational internship.
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Optiional Side Trips:

Fiji is a beautiful and exotic destination where you will find picturesque white sand beaches, world class dive sites, and Fiji’s famous culture of hospitality and warmth. As an island nation, many of your potential activities are water based! Starting locally, just a short boat ride away you can visit the famous pod of dolphins that reside all year round on Moon Reef or hike into forests and swim in hidden waterfalls or visit one of Fiji’s famous island resorts.

In the water, for those that are not dive qualified you could enroll in a scuba diving course and dive the various dive sites in the region, home to abundant marine life, colorful corals and steep drop-offs. Get lucky with your dive, and visibility can exceed a massive 40m.

Fiji’s capital city, Suva, is only a few hours from all our project sites, known for its relaxed atmosphere, energetic nightlife, large farmers market and atmospheric port. Here you can visit the Fiji Museum, where you can find ancient tribal artefacts, one of the best exhibitions on tribal art in the Pacific, or read up on Fiji’s cannibal past. The old historical capital of Fiji, Levuka, which makes for an interesting day trip, is accessible by ferry and small boat and located on the nearby Ovalau Island.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Cancellation Policy:

For Programs with a deposit of $358.00 or equivalent the Participant will be entitled to cancel this Agreement at any time up until 16 weeks before departure. For Programs with a deposit of $1075 or equivalent , the Participant will be entitled to cancel this Agreement at any time up until 20 weeks before departure. In the event of timely cancellation, the Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of the deposit, but will be entitled to a refund of any other monies paid. All refunds are subject to an administration fee of $14, or equivalent. In the event of cancellation after the deadlines above, the Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of any monies paid.

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