Volunteer in Fiji

Ratu Filise Memorial School

Travel Teacher | Volunteer project Fiji

Our Impact

Background

Children and young people in the village of Namatakula face many challenges, most of which hail from underprivileged communities and lower class backgrounds. Parents rely heavily on subsistence farming and fishing and have few other sources of income. High quality education is an essential tool for empowering these young people in order for them to be effective contributors to their own and wider communities in the future.  It is crucial that these young people have access to the skills and resources which will allow them to make informed choices which benefit themselves, their communities and their cultural heritage.

Project

Our project in Fiji supports Ratu Filise Memorial School students to improve literacy, social and intercultural skills and awareness of well being. Our volunteers provide support in lessons which enhance the creative and physical development of the young people, whilst exposing them to English language. Travel Teacher volunteers deliver a range of sessions which include one-on-one and group support for children and young people with additional learning needs, reading and comprehension work, and physical literacy . Travel Teacher works in partnership with Ratu Filise to provide skilled human resource and professional development for teaching staff.

Travel Teacher | Educating children in Fiji

the Issue

Ratu Filise Memorial School has a large student to teacher ratio in all classrooms, the huge range of abilities within the classes mean that some students are not able to access the in class support and differentiation in teaching and learning that they require, this can result in lack of knowledge attainment, frustration and disengagement. Teachers also lack the capacity in time, resources and expertise to ensure that the teaching and learning meets the needs of the individuals in the classroom, leaving a large number of students falling well below required levels.

English is the second language within Fiji's education system, this is an additional challenge to both students and teachers, often children in Fiji become good mechanical readers through learning by rote (memorization technique based on repetition), but lack the comprehension skills to use their reading to actually learn.

Education in Fiji is subject largely to a blanket one-size-fits-all approach which is not suited for the various abilities and learning styles, education is seen by many as irrelevant for daily life. This result in low expectations and significant challenges to staff in terms of behaviour management and classroom engagement.

How will you make an impact?

Travel Teachers volunteer projects in Fiji increases the capacity of Ratu Filise staffing resources on the ground.  Participants who travel and teach with us are able to assist teachers in the classroom, provide one-to-one and group support to students, contribute to the development of learning resources and offer a range of student focused learning activities. Travel Teacher volunteers are able to address some of these difficulties with differentiated activities for individual students or small groups.

Travel Teachers expert team of experienced teachers also provide professional development workshops for the teachers in response to any learning needs or skills gaps identified by staff or the principal of the school.  Find out more about The role of a volunteer.

The impact that the volunteers from Travel Teacher have made during a short space of time has been exceptional. These are resourceful individuals who are helping the children with their education
— Etika Tovilevu, Principal - Ratu Filise Memorial School

Volunteer in the Cook Islands

Araura College

Travel Teacher | Volunteer in The Cook Islands

Background

Although located on an island paradise, Araura College based Aitutaki, Cook Islands has very limited funding.  Children in Aitutaki are in need of school supplies. The average classroom lacks the basic essential school supplies that make for a meaningful educational experience for young people.  Due to the remote locality of the island the staff at Araura are devoid of any opportunities for professional development in the form of further training and sharing of best practice. This project will address these issues by supporting the school in providing high quality teaching support and ensuring that the school has access to the basic materials to inspire the learners to learn and continue to engage in their lessons.

Project

Our project in Aitutaki, Cook islands seeks to improve the quality of education available to the students at Araura College. In addition to this we aim to improve the schools infrastructure as well as supply the school with educational equipment and materials. Charitable Trust funds will be used to supply books, art materials, sports equipment and other much-needed supplies.  Working in partnership with Araura College, this project will improve school facilities / materials as well as the quality of education available to children in the community. Our volunteers will provide vital hands on classroom support, ensuring that the needs of the students are met and also to provide much needed relief for teachers, enabling them to undertaking course planning and assessment.

Long Term Sustainability

As our key partner school in The Cook Islands, our objective includes developing facilities for learners and teachers, providing extra assistance and collaborate on a all curriculum programs. This will improve the transferable skills for the young students creating more opportunities for employment and benefiting the community for generations to come.

How will you make an impact?

Travel and teach in Aitutaki, you will provide high quality human resource to the school, exposing students to new walks of life and imparting your own knowledge and expertise which will broaden the students subject horizons and allow them to fulfil their potential in school.  Your participation on this project will contribute towards Araura's strategic goals of solidifying an infrastructure for the school and improving the teaching and learning for 21st century learners. Find out more about The role of a volunteer in Aitutaki throughout out teach Cook Islands project.

Bringing together a mix of cultures and experiences will be something that the staff and students will not only benefit from but also remember for many years to come.
— Tracy Spiers, Principal - Araura College