Our aim is to improve literacy levels through a structured program focusing on phonics, comprehension and imagination as well as facilitating creative and physical development.
Through small group and individualized teaching and the development of engaging and interactive educational resources, we aim to improve the abilities and confidence of the students in Dawasamu while promoting a love of learning. As a volunteer you will plan and deliver small group lessons, providing individualized tutoring to a similar ability level. You will be supported by Education Leaders to plan lessons that support children learning to read, whilst encouraging them to understand what they are reading with the use of carefully chosen comprehension questions and fun activities.
Volunteers may also teach some children individually, depending on the needs of the school and the class teacher at the time. In Fiji, children with special needs do not receive any extra support from the government, and class teachers are stretched often teaching composite classes. For this reason, volunteers provide support for some students to benefit their development. This support may manifest itself as classroom assistance, a slower paced one-to-one literacy lesson or alternative learning lessons, e.g. art therapy or social groups. We always look to our volunteers for new initiatives to keep our project dynamic. If you can assist us in any of these areas, please let us know.
Education volunteers are also responsible for teaching whole class PEMAC lessons (PE, Music and Arts & Crafts). We follow the Fijian curriculum, which is clearly broken down into objectives which are taught by volunteers throughout the school year. All volunteers are given an objective booklet which they complete so that taught objectives can be kept track of and lesson plans recorded. Our project has no requirement for previous teaching experience, and as such all support with lesson planning and classroom management will be provided by Education Leaders on project. All we ask is that you come willing to learn and do your best!
As a volunteer, you will influence the lives of young children and even if you have never worked with children before, your knowledge, skills and experience can make a major impact.
As well as assisting with academic and creative subjects, volunteers also work alongside the community to facilitate and deliver initiatives and programs to improve the lives of the pupils.