Childcare in Dawasamu, Fiji (14n+)
- Our saving
- US $ 2,323
- Support under-resourced local schools
- Work in Dawasamu District, Viti Levu
- Explore the beautiful surroundings of Fiji
- Get immersed in Fijian culture
- Age range
- 18 to 80 year olds
- Max Group Size
- Coach / Bus, Local Transport, Mini-coach
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- MMWritten on November 15, 20174.5 - ExcellentWhat an incredible life changing experience! So many highlights!!! Being welcomed into a strangers home but feeling like you have been part of the family for eternity is by far the coolest experience anyone can have!! Rewarding and life-changing on so many levels! Helps one appreciate the little things we take for granted.Show detailed ratings
- DPDivWritten on February 3, 20174.5 - ExcellentIf you asked me at the start of 2016, 'would I settle for cold, limited showers every day' I would have said no. If you asked me at the start of 2016, 'could I live in village-like conditions and adapt to their everyday lifestyle', I probably would have said no. What a change! If you ask me that now? Yes. Beyond yes. I would do it any day. I miss it, every single minute of the day. The children, the families, the village women and the men, they all make life worth living. They prove to you the true definition of happiness and I will be forever grateful that I had the opportunity to experience that. GVI provides full opportunity for you to live like the village people do, and have an insight of what their lives have been in comparison to what their lives are and will be. The change is significant and there are so many things that have already changed since I finished with GVI. It's revolving so quickly. It has been over 6 months now, and I hold onto my experience like it was yesterday. GVI provide you with a family which helps you more than you will know. It is daunting at first, but all families I have met within the village are so welcoming and make your experience a whole lot better. Recently, (after I finished with GVI) I went back to Silana (the village), and stayed with my family for a couple of weeks. They will never forget you, and they sure will love you no matter what. One of the village men said 'why did you come back?', I said 'I had to, Silana stole a piece of my heart' and he said 'vinaka vakalevu (thank you), because you make us feel like we have something special, and you give us a reason to smile'.They don't need much to be happy, and GVI succeeds in brightening every day of their lives. GVI is a great organisation where I met at least 6 long life friends. I have already, and will travel with them in the future. They provide extremely great security and there are rules in place that really do work best with the conditions. Meals are provided and duties/chores are fairly spread among the volunteers. There is a rotating roster for cleaning, cooking and other duties needed. The living conditions are obviously not the best, but they are more than what you need, perfectly suited to your program and probably as good as you will get it in comparison to any other organisation, considering the location and condition you choose to live in. The community vibe within the village is amazing. Schooling hours are 8:30am - 2:00pm usually depending on your grade as timetables vary. You are not told before you get there that you may be running lessons or a whole class on your own, sometimes you will have a partner. This seems scary at first, but it works out fine. Probably better than with someone, as you get to bond with the kids so much! There is constant on-the-job support and in-country support. You will have a team leader who is there to help you teach at first if you do not feel confident enough. Subjects taught include literacy mainly, sport, music, art and some other subjects may be included depending on your grade. After school you are entitled to free time. This can be used to spend time with you family, or catch a taxi from the local village into Korovou town to by some food/recharge or any essentials. On the weekends you are also entitled to sign out of the base and do whatever you please to. There are buckets to use to wash your clothes in the village, so bring washing powder or soap if you please, although on the weekends most places you visit will have a Laundry, which costs usually $4FJD (approximately) per kg of washing. Having weekends to yourself was great as it gave time for us volunteers to bond and explore Fiji! Or a couple of weekends I stayed at my families house and did so many activities with them. The community even invited us to a Fijian wedding one weekend, which was unique and wonderful! I have been to Fiji 4 times now, and it will probably never end. The Dawasamu District has stolen my heart. My appreciation for everything has increased majorly, being just the scent of my clothes after being washed by a machine, and a working fan in Summer. I will forever hold on to all the memories made with GVI and I can highly recommend it. It was the best experience I have ever had yet.Show detailed ratings
- MMadsWritten on February 11, 20154.5 - ExcellentHad a great time ! It was a really eye-opening and an amazing experience to be a part of straight out of school. The Fijian people were so warm and welcoming and the volunteers, interns and leaders, ditto. I only wish that I had gone for longer - the only thing holding me back from going on a longer trip was the cost.Show detailed ratings
- STSamanthaWritten on February 8, 20152.5 - AverageGVI is overall an organized group, pre departure is really easy. I, however, after 2 trips will never do another trip with GVI. My trip to Fiji was incredible in that the locals were great and the school was great, but the staff were highly unprofessional (except maybe 2) and some of the other volunteers were quite rude themselves. I felt like I was in a summer camp, it was far too full of clicks, unwelcoming, etc. Bummer, has potential, but I wasn't the only one unsatisfied. I won't work through GVI again. I do wonder where my money is going though, for as much as we pay...things seem to be lacking. There was a lot of debate about the visa stuff...people were saying it was a bit of a scam in order for them to get money. They also kept your passport for 2 weeks and you couldn't have it.Show detailed ratings
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- Day 1: Meet GVI team in Nadi Bay (Saturday)
- Day 2 - 14: Project Activities
- Day 15: Travel back to Nadi Bay airport
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Is there any specific cultural protocol we have to adhere to?
In the Fijian villages, women must cover their shoulders and knees at all times. It is perfectly fine to wear short sleeved shirts as long as shoulders are covered. Sarongs and T-shirts or collared shirts are also fine. Men should bring a sarong for some occasions but it is a bit more flexible and they may not need to wear it all the time. Men should bring a short sleeved collared shirt to wear when in schools or at village functions. Most of the time it is acceptable for men wear trousers or shorts, however men will need to purchase a formal ‘sulus’ for school, official functions and on a Sunday’s when in village. As we live in the village, the dress code needs to be complied to all times. When not in villages, ie – weekend trips to resorts and towns, both male and female volunteers are free to wear what they prefer
Will there be any free time on program?
Most Definitely! In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area and you will be free on the weekends. In this time you could do day trips such as dolphin watching, visiting other islands, scuba diving, or relaxing in a near by resort. After your program there are countless attractions that can be reached after a day or two of travelling. You could travel to the capital city of Suva, take a ferry to Taveuni - 'the garden of Fiji' or explore the interior of VitiLevu– the possibilities are endless!
Are there any specific times when schools are closed and do the programs still run
In the end of April/beginning May and mid/late August and December schools are closed. We always operate alternative activities such as holiday summer camps or doing maintenance task to ensure the upkeep of the centers which we work in. The base is closed from mid-December through to January and so there will be no programs running over this period
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