WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The work on this project benefits from a varied schedule including teaching and a range of village community projects. Students will be interested in life where you come from. You may be able to get involved teaching other activities such as sports, music or science, if you are interested and have the relevant skills. Rather than just seeing teaching as a way of transferring knowledge, you are inspiring and shaping young minds. By investing your time and skills with the children of the Cook Islands, whilst also helping to rebuild the school that is so vital for the futures of the young people here, you are creating a lifelong legacy that will create and open up opportunities in their futures. Living at the heart of the community is an incredibly positive and special contribution, and will be recognised as such by the people here. This is an incredible experience that will hugely benefit the local communities, whilst building your skill base and giving you an absolutely unforgettable Frontier gap year, year out or career break!
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your teaching or community work will bring you into your host community as a welcome new member. You'll teach children basic English and other subjects of your choosing, and you'll have ample opportunity to play sports and games with them, put on plays and concerts, and a range of other fun activities; the only limit is your own imagination and creativity. Whilst being some of the most flawlessly beautiful places in existence, the Cook Islands are economically limited and largely rely on tourism for growth and income, which is a precarious and unevenly dispersed source of financial security. Outside of the central larger islands, many of the smaller atolls suffer and education is under-funded and very poorly resourced. As well as teaching, you may be carrying out vital rejuvenation and rebuilding work, getting involved in community environmental projects or marine projects and other community activities depending on your skills, interests and what you would like to organise! As this project is not strictly structured it gives volunteers a great opportunity to really make a difference in their own way.
At the end of the day you are free to explore the islands, try a range of activities, or simply relax in the heavenly surroundings!