Fiji

In the center of the Pacific Ocean, Fiji is the perfect destination to escape your daily routine between the turquoise waters, white sand beach and green jungle. As a volunteer and simple tourist, feel free to share your experiences and adventures during your trip to Fiji. If you are looking for more information about the unlimited opportunity to volunteer aboard, you will find all the verified programs right here.

Frontier

I lived in Fiji for 4 weeks as a Teaching Volunteer at Dudley Intermediate School.

3 highlights for me: my family, the food and my class!

I stayed with a Fijian family of 11 during my time in Fiji – there were 8 children between the ages of 6 and 23. Mum, Dad and the family were so welcoming; it was easy to fall in love with them and the Fijian lifestyle. Much of my free time was spent with my family, where we would play games, eat and watch movies together. While I was sad to say goodbye, I have every intention to go back and visit them.

Waking up to a Fijian breakfast and coming home to dinner were two points in the day I always looked forward to. Fijian food is delicious, diverse and always in abundance!

My class was amazing and I love how I was given real responsibility from day one. The experience was fun, challenging and rewarding. A word of warning – Fijian children can be very cheeky. This project is not for the timid!

I would thoroughly recommend this project to anyone thinking of teaching abroad. Frontier has been great throughout my time with them and I look forward to taking part in another one of their projects in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 19, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I arrived in Fiji to begin a four week journalism placement as organised by Frontier. I was placed at Mai Life Magazine, based in Suva. At the airport I was greeted by my project manager, Ria, and we boarded an express bus to Suva. Once in Suva I met the other volunteers at the Brown St homestay, and then myself and another volunteer were taken to our homestay, where we had our first ever kava ceremony.
After a day or two we started our placement at Mai Life. We were introduced to the staff and were set a list of assignments. It was all very daunting at first, but being plunged in at the deep end was the best thing that could have happened. We were essentially travel journalists, and got to travel to the Yasawa Islands, which were beautiful, and were given the chance to do Zip Lining and White water rafting. The placement was absolutely brilliant - everyone should do journalism!

Our homestay families were also very accommodating. It is a bit of a culture shock at first, but you soon get used to it. Be prepared for cold showers!
I have had such a great time, the project was very well managed and I wish I could do it all over again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jul 10, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
8

Frontier

Hi, my name is Whitley de Luna, I've been on the teaching project for Frontier Fiji for 3 weeks. The part I disliked about the teaching was that my teacher wasn't very helpful. She wouldn't give me any teaching materials and just didn't show up for class. So I was stuck trying to improvise on my own. I only taught one lesson in the two weeks I was in that class. Ria did switch me to a new class on my 3rd week, but then I ended up in the hospital due to food poisoning. Ria is a very amazing staff member. Her support and helpfulness was very appreciated. She brought me to the hospital twice due to tropical infections. I didn't really talk to Rowena. I only seen her at the airport when we arrived, one time after that, and then her going away kava ceremony. The homestay was very amazing. I felt very welcomed and apart of their family. They really made my stay here enjoyable.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jun 20, 2014
Overall:
5
Support:
10
Value:
7

Comments

Hi Whitney, Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We are very happy to hear there were a lot of great elements to your project with Frontier, such as the wonderful home stay families and our hard working field team. We certainly agree with your comment that Ria is amazing! Unfortunately, working within the education systems of developing countries does come with its own difficulties such as those you experienced although this is a perfect example of why dedicated and hard working volunteers like yourself are so valuable. We also hope the fact that Ria reacted as soon as she was made aware of these concerns demonstrates our commitment to reducing the impact of such difficulties as best possible. It was a shame you only had the opportunity to experience these changes for one day before your unfortunate illness and that this cut your time on the project short as we know you were a valuable asset to the project and will be missed. Thank you again for your feedback and we would welcome any further insight you may be able to provide as we are always keen to develop and improve our projects. If you do have anything else you would like to share with us, please feel free to email your Volunteer Coordinator directly. Best wishes, The Frontier Team.

Frontier

I did the sports coaching project and had a really great time. John Wesley primary school where I was positioned was perfect for the project- I was a PE teacher there which meant I was doing 4-5 hours of sports each day which is exactly what I was hoping for which made my time even more enjoyable! The project staff were very helpful in introducing me to the school and helping to settle me in to the lifestyle. the project homestay was probably the highlight of the trip- the family were so lovely and so accommodating that any feeling of homesickness soon disappeared. I would definitely recommend this project to anyone interested in coaching/teaching sports or for anyone who is interested in coming to Fiji!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: May 30, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
7

Frontier

The project has been amazing, I have never felt more welcome away from home and I have enjoyed every minute. The local people who become part of your every day life are always grateful for any help you can provide which encourages you to give the project everything you can! I have found John Wesley Primary School has been excellent for sports coaching and has been able to provide a lot more sports coaching experience for volunteers than the alternative school of Dudley Intermediate School. A big thanks also goes to the Frontier stay and family at the homestay who have made to 10 weeks go very quickly and I take with me lots of fond memories!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: May 30, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
7

Frontier

I did a sport coaching placement, it was awesome though not much sport was played. In country staff were good and very supportive with any problems that may arise.
Overall a fantastic experience, the homestay definitely made it!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: May 28, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
5

Comments

Hi Laura, Thanks for the review! It sounds like you had a really valuable and fun experience with the Frontier team in Fiji. We hear that you enjoyed it so much that you decided to extend your project duration by a week! Was there any particular reason why there was not a lot of sport played? If you would be able to email your volunteer coordinator with any feedback regarding this, that would be very useful and much appreciated! We are very glad that you enjoyed your time at the homestay so much, it certainly is a wonderful way of experiencing a country and provides volunteers with the opportunity of interacting on another level with the local communities that they are working with. We will be sure to pass on your compliments! Thanks again, The Frontier Team To find out more about Frontier’s Fiji Sports Coaching Project, please see the following: http://www.frontier.ac.uk/projects/122/Fiji-Sports-Coaching

Frontier

I am Marko Matic from Melbourne, Australia. I had just recently graduated from the University of Melbourne and taken a year off to travel. I always wanted to come to Fiji, and by doing the healthcare project in Suva I figured I would also be doing something worthwhile. The project was good and the staff here were extremely friendly. The highlight of the trip was staying with a lovely Fijian family the entire time and eating delicious food everyday. The weekdays were spent doing rewarding work and the weekends going around visiting Fiji with the other friendly volunteers. I would recommend the project to anybody who wanted to see Fiji whilst volunteering.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: May 26, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Frontier

Fiji is an amazing place to volunteer, frontier offers a good program to work in schools with middle school aged children. i was placed in Dudley intermediate school and worked with 12 and 13 year old. The school and kids are great but is definitely hard work but very rewarding. I think once Frontier are able to get a few more schools with different age ranges (eg primary and kindergarden) options for volunteers to be placed in it will let some volunteers have a better fit for their personalities.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: May 14, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Frontier

I took part in the Journalism Project and Teaching Project, both of which I loved.

The journalism work was fascinating, I was thrown in at the deep end at first which was daunting but very rewarding! I can now say that I have written over twenty articles for a national newspaper, which is incredible and I feel very privileged! On the only occasion when I had an issue at this placement, it was sorted out immediately by staff, and both the Frontier staff, the staff at the Fiji Times and the family at the homestay made me feel very supported in everything I was doing. Writing for a newspaper provided me with incredible opportunities to explore the country and learn about its culture and current history.

The teaching project was extremely rewarding and had a lot of scope for range which I found very exciting. I was able to tailor my teaching towards what I thought was most effective and useful to the kids. The Fijian school holidays coincided with my project dates, and provided the other volunteers and I with an excellent opportunity to arrange a holiday club with the kids, as well as painting maps around the school ourselves, which was a very exciting project and the teachers and the students were very grateful!

Overall, I would definitely recommend Frontier projects (especially Fiji!) to my friends and family, and would love to volunteer with them in the future!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: May 6, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Just coming to the end of 8 weeks on the Healthcare project, volunteering for the Fiji Cancer Society. The healthcare project hasn't been without its complications, but I have had a great time living as part of a Fijian family and have gained a lot of experience by being involved with clinics within the hospital. I would recommend Frontier and Fiji however the healthcare project needs some improvements before it is up to the same standard as the other projects that are run in Fiji by Frontier.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Apr 24, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
9
Value:
7

Comments

Thanks for your feedback Abbie, we’re very glad to hear that you had a great time in Fiji and that you found your project and the time spent with your homestay family so positive. It is unfortunate that there were complications which arose during your time with us, but we wanted to thank you again for highlighting these issues. We understand that the placement may have been quieter at times than you had hoped due to the absence of a member of staff from the project partner, however we hope that the alternative plans which were made went some way in compensating for this. Your assistance in visiting local schools and all of the help you provided in taking part in World Book Day were particularly appreciated! Our Project Manager will be working closely with the Healthcare project partner to try and iron out the concerns that you had, so thanks again for your feedback, we’re really pleased that you enjoyed your time in Fiji! We hope you have a great trip home. Best wishes The Frontier Fiji Team

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