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Wildcrafted Volunteering

Fiji

Fairtrade, TEFL Volunteer Assistant Teaching, Fiji

A really immersive, grassroots volunteer teacher experience based on a remote island deep in the Northern Fijian Division.
From: £1495
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Key Activities Include:
  • 4 weeks of teaching English or/and computer skills.

  • Weekends of free time with inclusive island-based activities.

  • Volunteer teaching, weaving, yoga, jungle hike, kava ceremonies, rugby, village activities.

  • Village life. Absorb authentic, Fijian rural life in a local village.

I think being part of such a small yet welcoming community was what made this experience truly special. In Lavena you are never alone. The sense of belonging to the  community is very strong. Core values such as generosity and kindness are a must. Yo
Elisa Urro June 20, 2019
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Where we will take you

Route Map

Airport
Landmarks Visited On This Trip
Brief Itinerary
  • 2 nights acclimatisation on arrvial in a local, beachside, surf lodge.
  • 4weeks of teaching.
  • Weekends of freetime and all inclusive island-based activities.
Taste Of The Island

Locally cooked dishes made by the village you will stay with including:
Dalo and cassava
Bele, a local spinach;
Fresh fish cooked in coconut milk;
Roast chicken
earth oven roasts, 'lovo'
Crab,
Lobster
And even Octopus!

You will also eat some western dishes on your trip. All food is generally not spicy and portions are big!

Prices And Availability
  • Start Date
    Price
    Availability
  • 18/06/2021
    £1495
    Available
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Included/Excluded
Included:
  • Authentic Fijian homestay.
  • Locally guided, jungle hike.
  • Self guided reef kayaking.
  • Self guided reef snorkelling.
  • Yoga (on availability).
  • Management of your £100 donation.
  • Domestic travel.
  • Orientation and briefing.
  • 24 hour dedicated host at your village.
  • Three hearty meals per day.
  • 24 hour on island support from the Director, Kirsty.
  • General liability insurance.
Excluded:
  • International airfare - between £850-1200.
  • Snacks.
  • Vaccinations.
  • Extra activities and transport for them.
  • If not arriving on the arrival or departure date, airport transfers.
Accommodation Details

The dormitory at the beginning of the trip is 4/6 bed with private toilet.

We have sourced a wonderful little village lodge with 2/3 beds per room and a communal kitchen. This is shared with the odd walker/tourist who come through the National Park.

All our Fijian homestays are hand chosen by the founder of Island Spirit. Most rooms are comfortable, private doubles. The village is incredibly basic and houses simple in design.

Toilets and showers are private but often have doors with a twisty nail in the wood as a lock!

Showers can be bucket too if there is a drought which often happens at this time of year.

Activities
  • Teaching English and/or Computing during the day
  • See our detailed itinerary and PDF for more information
Detailed Itinerary

Please see the attached PDF for more details.

Example weekly schedule:

Monday:

English Geography | Continents | Create a world map | Singing.

Tuesday:

Maths | Colouring by numbers | Dominoes | Connect Four | Singing.

Wednesday:

Science | Space, Earth/Sun/Moon | Model | Draw | Explain | Singing.

Thursday:

Science | Ocean Wildlife |How to protect our oceans | Reef safety, tides | Singing.

Friday:

Physical Education | Football | Rounders | Obsticle course | Games | Singing.

Extras:

Art | Create underwater scenes | Theatre/drama | Create own sea creatures.

 

Weekends:

Included activities including:

  • Waterfall, coastal or tribal hikes.
  • Two tank dive/
  • Snorkelling, fishing and surfing trips with local guides for the island you’re staying on.
  • Church is usually compulsory on Sunday unless you specifically suggest otherwise.
  • Drink kava.
  • Weaving workshops
  • Reef fishing.
Helpful Information

Recent volunteer, Elisa talks about her experience in 2019:

The reason why I decided to sign up for Island Spirit volunteering experience was to learn more about social entrepreneurship.

At that time I was undertaking a module at University called Entrepreneurship and Creativity in Hospitality and Tourism, when Kirsty came along and spoke to us about her business in Fiji. 

I remember I was so touched, and somehow it felt like that was the right thing to be involved in at that time. I was becoming more and more interested in everything related to women empowerment. And after a long discussion with Kirsty, we found not only the right fit for me within the experience but we also agreed I would help her with the teaching.”

So I left for Fiji and stayed there for a month. And I can say full-hearted that I do not regret my decision. It was such an amazing experience. 

I think being part of such a small yet welcoming community was what made this experience truly special. In Lavena you are never alone. The sense of belonging to the  community is very strong. Core values such as generosity and kindness are a must. You really feel like you are part of the family when you’re there.

On top of that, I think for me the kids have played such a huge role in my personal development. They make life look like is so simple. They don’t have many material things but they are just so happy all the time. And this really made me appreciate life and feel grateful for what I already have. 

On the other hand, I must say the most challenging thing for me was the food and being able to cope with the lack of variety. Being Italian, I appreciate food and love to try different things. Thus when I was in the Island  with few weeks in, I found it hard to stick to local food every day. 

Overall, though I am grateful to have been brave in taking this opportunity and moving across the world. I learned a lot about social enterprise with sensitivity to local communities and traditions. And I hope that in the future this is something that I can pursue. 

Wishing you all the best, 

Elisa

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Your assistance provides respite for the teachers and time to dedicate to needy children while you teach classes.

Your knowledge and teaching style is fresh and new and regardless of how good you think you are, you are bringing A LOT to the table.

Remember, you are lucky to be educated in the west and your skills are definitely transferable.