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Fiji Teaching

Enhance your skills as you earn your TEFL certificate teaching underprivileged children in a local school, and soak up the true Fijian lifestyle in a friendly and laidback community.

Prices from $295

The Fijian archipelago lies scattered lazily in the achingly blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, bathed in the radiant antipodean sunlight. Its towns and villages are veritable melting pots of cultural influences – see multicoloured Hindu temples perched next to relics of the traditional indigenous spirit houses with their lingering sense of an ancient magic.

Its irresistible shores are fringed with picture-perfect palm trees, and the azure waters that surround the islands are inhabited by an astonishing array of marine creatures; over 1,200 species of fish including clown fish, trigger fish, blue tangs, 12 species of whales and dolphin, anemones, soft coral and much more.

Enjoy fragrant sun drenched days and balmy exotic nights – try a Fijian beach party for whirling fire dancers, traditional dancing and delectable food cooked in a traditional underground oven. Fiji will enchant you with its infectious, chilled out "Fiji time" lifestyle and its heavenly beaches – the perfect paradise location for your Frontier adventure!


  • Earn your TEFL certificate for free!
  • Visit this irresistible tropical paradise
  • Enliven & enrich the experience of the kids in your care


  • Up to date CV
  • Criminal background check (DBS)
  • Medical form


Location Suva, Fiji

Marking pupil's work
Helping to produce an inspiring teaching strategy
Preparing homework
Assemble innovative & effective lesson plans

Transport Airport pick-up and transfer to Suva if you arrive on the first Monday of the month 


Homestay Accommodation, hostel style upgrade available



Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt(UK only)
In-country Two meals per day
Homestay accommodation (upgrades available)
Airport pick-up subject to start date
Local orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Fiji is renowned for its spectacular beaches and coral reefs: a picturesque string of islands floating peacefully in the Pacific Ocean. This is true but as a picture of Fiji it is incomplete. Fiji also has impoverished rural populations who as yet have not been able to benefit from the booming tourist trade in the country. Your teaching can help them have a brighter future.

After seeing the impact that our teaching projects have already had on Fiji, you'll soon see that education is a crucial part of achieving sustainable development. By teaching in these communities volunteers can make a real difference to the lives of young people growing up in Fiji, learn more about life as a teacher in Fiji and contribute to establishing sustainable development programmes.

We recommend staying for at least four weeks to allow the children and teachers to get used to you, and enable you to make the most constructive contribution to the community and the school!



Your work schedule will cover a comprehensive, varied and enjoyable teaching programme following the national curriculum, at a fantastic primary school in Suva. Your work will engage you fully with your pupils and will awaken your creativity and initiative. Volunteers help teach the children of all ages at primary and intermediate school level, working a full school day five days a week. The respect students will show you, the friendliness of the school staff, and the opportunity to introduce engaging new activities into the classroom is what makes teaching in Suva, Fiji's Capital City, a once in a lifetime experience.

You may be directly involved in the administration side of working in a school by helping to mark pupil's work, report writing, data entry and paperwork as well as helping to produce an inspiring teaching strategy including preparing homework and we encourage you to assemble innovative and effective lesson plans. Your classes will last just under an hour each, with school starting at 8:30am and ending at 2:30pm every day.

As well as this you will have the opportunity to help with lots of extracurricular activities which will vary extensively depending on your personal skills and interests – whether it is helping to put on a play, organising a choir, or helping to coach a sports team. Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from interacting with and inspiring these underprivileged children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.

There is the opportunity to also assist at the secondary school next door. However, to do this you must have experience in either tutoring, teaching or being a teaching assistant and have a degree in the relevant field.


An airport pick-up service is offered to volunteers arriving on the first or third Monday of the month only, whose flights land before 2:30pm local time. All other volunteers must make their own way to the project site. We will provide you with easy to follow instructions prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey. If you are arriving into Fiji before the first or third Monday of the month but wish to travel to the project site with the main deployment group on the first or third Monday of the month, the overland arrival meeting point is at Nadi international airport arrivals hall. Please make sure that your intended arrival/travel plans have been arranged and confirmed with the project field staff a minimum of 1 week before your project start date.

If you are an independent traveller arriving on any other date you are welcome to join the project on any Monday, (please discuss your intended arrival date and duration of stay with our travel advisers, especially if you need to book a dive training course, to confirm availability), and please be aware that you will need to organise your own transfer between Nadi and Suva and first night hostel accommodation in Suva at a cost of $42/$40. 


Your home in Fiji will be a comfortable and welcoming homestay with a hospitable Fijian family giving you a true sense of the Fijian culture and way of life. Your family will welcome you as one of their own, and your evenings will be filled with hide-n-go-seek or movie nights with the children, and interesting conversations over kava with your older siblings and host parents.

While most volunteers reflect on their homestay experience as one of the most meaningful aspects of their project, you can also opt to stay in a simple and comfortable lodge near the centre of Suva for an additional cost of $102 a week. Here you will be in a single sex dorm with access to a kitchen, TV, garden, sun deck, laundry service (10 FJD for 1 bag), cold showers, and linen.


In the homestay, you'll be able to sample Fijian home-cooked meals which will be prepared for you by your host family. A common breakfast is toast with butter and tea with milk, though some volunteers will purchase eggs, rolled oats, fresh fruit, or coffee to complement their breakfast. Common dinners include vegetable curry with rice, lamb sausage with chips, fried noodles with vegetables, and stewed ro ro with tuna and cassava. A delicious Fijian speciality is a lovo feast, which is a meal cooked in a hole in the ground – unusual but very tasty.

If you are in the lodge you will prepare your own breakfast and dinner each day using supplies purchased for you by the in-country staff.


Transport from your accommodation to your place of work each day will be by local bus, taxi (cost not included) or foot. Suva is easy to navigate, and on a beautiful day you’ll find yourself purposefully taking the longer route in order to stroll along the breathtaking sea wall or catch glimpses of Suva harbor from higher points around the city.

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In your spare time you can enjoy the spectacular scenery and beautiful beaches and go snorkelling in the clear blue waters of Pacific harbour, just a bus ride away. Whatever you do you'll be amazed at the Pacific Islanders' tremendous hospitality and culture. You'll quickly make friends as you play rugby, netball, and other sports with the villagers.

You can take part in traditional ceremonies, learn Fijian cooking, and learn how to weave hats in the local style, visit the hot springs or take a scuba diving course. There is also the opportunity to trek in the nearby rainforest, and bathe in natural waterfall lagoons. Please note that these activities cost extra and we encourage you to book them direct with local providers helping to support the local economy.

Nausautoka Village Visit – Day / Weekend Trip

If you want to experience the real rural peaceful and humbling side of Fiji, outside of the City, then Frontier Fiji have a new optional once in a life time cultural excursion available for you!

Visit Nasautoka village, roughly 2 hours north of Suva, where the local community will welcome you with open arms and big smiles, including a traditional performance of a village song and dance! Be treated to the Fijian way of life; experience how they live totally self sufficiently, off the land that surrounds them.

This village trip is available as a day excursion or a weekend trip. A minumum of 4 volunteers need to book for a day trip to be scheduled. This can be booked with your Project Coordinator in country.

A day trip pragramme will include a selection of the following:

Traditional village song and dance

Bamboo Rafting across the Rewa River – don't forget to bring your swimming trunks!

A mountain hike / trek to a spectacular view– walking boots essential

Traditional prawn fishing in the Rewa River

Followed by the traditional Lovo / Bamboo cooking of the prawns – where a Fijian feast will subsequently be laid out for you to indulge! (at extra cost)

Home-stay option (for weekend trip – at extra cost)

Volunteers can book this experience directly with their homestay family or enquire with Frontier's in country Project Coordinator. Volunteers should expect to pay approximately 65FJD for a 2 day experience

Scuba diving courses may be available, subject to availability of space and time constraints.

dive courses run monthly, commencing on the first Monday of the month

  • Single Day snorkelling off the boats $17
  • Single Day Dive $51
  • Double Dive $85
  • 4-dive package $170
  • 10-dive package $340
  • Diving weekend package $51 per person per night plus dive course cost (subject to staff availability) 


  • Discover Scuba Diving $110
  • Open Water Dive Course $595
  • Advanced Open Water $561
  • Emergency First Responder $221
  • Rescue Diver $595
  • Dive Master $1,275

*Medical certificate is mandatory for participation in dive courses

Modern conveniences


  • Banks / ATMs; ANZ bank, Westpac bank
  • Bars / cafes
  • Bureau de Change
  • Cinema
  • Dentist
  • Department store
  • Hospital
  • Internet cafe
  • Laundry services
  • Mobile phone shop
  • Pay phones
  • Pharmacy
  • Post office
  • Supermarkets
  • Traditional markets and cafes
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union


4 weeks $1,295

5 weeks $1,645

6 weeks $1,895

7 weeks $2,145

8 weeks $2,395

9 weeks $2,595

10 weeks $2,845

11 weeks $3,045

12 weeks $3,245

20 weeks $4,945

Extra week $295

Christmas Week $295

$102 / $100 per week extra to upgrade to hostel accommodation.


First Monday of the month. 

Alternative dates available on request.

Shorter durations available - click here

School Term Dates:

Please be aware that as a teaching post there won't be classes running during school holidays, or on public holidays. During school holidays a modified program will run with one-on-one coaching, educational workshops and extracurricular activities.

Term 1 - 13th January - 17th April
Holidays/ Student Free Days - 18th April - 1st May
Term 2 - 5th April - 7th August
Holidays/ Student Free Days - 8th August - 21st August
Term 3 - 24th August - 20th November
Here are the 2020 Public Holidays:

1. Good Friday - 10th April
2. Easter Saturday - 10th April
3. Easter Monday -  12th April
4. Constitution Day -  7th September
5. Fiji Day -  10th October
6. Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday -  2nd November
7. Diwali -16th November
8. Christmas Day - 25th December
9. Boxing day - 28th December



4 weeks and longer


This project is available for the special price of $255 per week over the Christmas period.  Placements starting on the 21st or 28th of December 2020 are eligible for this price, subject to availability.  Please apply using the orange button below and then tell your volunteer advisor that you wish to take part over Christmas.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment/kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit (available to purchase directly from Frontier)
  • Free Frontier t-shirt(UK only)
  • UK TEFL Certification


  • Airport pick-up (subject to your project start date)
  • Food (two meals per day)
  • Basic accommodation (hostel upgrade available at extra cost)
  • Local orientation
  • Project briefing
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up
  • Airport pickup subject to start date
  • In-country transfers subject to start date


Nearest airport(s): Nadi (NAN)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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