At a glance
- Support the community while helping children learn through play.
- Help make schools and care centres places that encourage learning by painting, building playground equipment, or maintaining a vegetable garden.
- This project is open to teenagers from all over the world, so you’ll make lots of new friends, and our staff are there to support and guide you throughout.
Fixed dates during school holidaysSee Dates
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What will I do as a volunteer in Fiji?
You’ll work with a group of teenagers your age to support the community and help children learn through play. These are some ways you can help, learn, and explore in Fiji:
- Work with children on their development and encourage learning through play
- Do community work to create long-lasting resources for local people
- Work with teenagers from around the world and explore Fiji together
Your work will focus on the following main tasks:
Work with children
As a volunteer in Fiji, most of your time will be spent working in the local kindergarten or primary school. Here, you will help plan and run educational activities and games for the children. This would include playing ball games to help improve hand-eye coordination and doing crafts to help encourage creativity.
By doing this, you will assist local teachers in creating an environment where children can learn important lessons through play.
Do community work
Even though most of your time will be spent with children, you’ll also do renovation and maintenance work in the community. The kind of work you do will depend greatly on what the need in the community is at the time, but you can definitely expect to get your hands dirty and go home with some paint splatters on your clothes!
There is always a need for educational resources such as posters and flashcards at our partner care centres and schools. You and your group will have the time to get creative and make these for your placement. You may also paint classrooms or help construct playground equipment.
Work with other teenagers and explore Fiji
You’ll be volunteering with teenagers from around the world, all sharing in this exciting adventure. There will be plenty of time for you to get to know your new friends during social and cultural activities, as well as weekend trips. Our staff will be there to supervise you throughout these events.
Where you will be working as a volunteer in Fiji
You will be based on Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. You will live in a small village close to the large town of Nadi, where you will be able to experience traditional Fijian life. You will live with a local host family in the village and get involved in all aspects of traditional islander culture and daily life.
As a volunteer, your time will be split between working at the local school or kindergarten and doing community projects. These might include painting classrooms, building playgrounds, or even helping with farming or gardening.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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