Fiji Sports Coaching

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1. In Brief

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.

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!

  

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit this irresistible tropical paradise
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Enliven & enrich the experience of the kids in your care

FAST FACTS

Location Suva, Fiji
Activities Hockey
Football
Rugby
Netball
Volleyball
Swimming & many more!
Transport Airport pick-up and transfer to Suva (if you arrive on the first monday of the month
Accommodation Homestay accommodation or upgrade to shared hostel accommodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL training and certification
In-country Two meals per day
Accommodation (hostel upgrades available)
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

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Fully integrated into the life of the local school, you will work with a range of ages for up to five days a week, mornings and afternoons. Many sporting activities also go on after school so be prepared to work long days! You will work with primary and secondary school age children (5-16), organising a variety of sporting activities.

During your placement, you may find yourself coaching hockey, football, rugby, netball, volleyball, swimming and a whole host of other sports. With extra curricular activities often taking the back burner to other subjects such as English and maths, you will inject much needed enthusiasm and creativity into the children's lives. You will be much more than a coach to them and will be both their mentor and friend. Whilst working on this project, you are encouraged to be creative and bring your own unique skills and personality to enliven and enrich the experience of the kids in your care.

You may also have the chance to work in the classroom teaching English, science and maths when students are not out on the sports field, and you should be prepared to take part in a range of curricular and administrative activities too.

Volunteers in the past have had success in setting up new sports clubs, coaching opportunities and after school activities for students, so make sure you come along with plenty of ideas and enthusiasm for the opportunities coming your way, and do not be afraid to promote your ideas to teachers at your placement school.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

This depends on your arrival date.  

An airport pick-up service is offered to volunteers arriving on the first and third Monday of the month only for volunteers whose flights land before 2:30pm local time.

All other volunteers must make their own way to Suva. 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 Monday of the month but wish to travel to the project site with the main deployment group on the first 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), 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 US$52/$40. Again, you must confirm you're exact arrival time/date with in country staff at least 1 week before arrival.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Your home in Fiji will be a comfortable and welcoming homestay with an hospitable Fijian family or, if you choose to upgrade, in a simple and comfortable lodge near the centre of Suva, where 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, linen and please note that house rules apply (an extra cost of US$126 a week applies for hostel accommodation). You will need to bring your own eating utensils or you can hire them for a FJ$10 deposit.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You'll be able to sample Fijian home-cooked meals which will be prepared for you by your host family. Some local dishes to look forward to include taro, breadfruit, sweet potato, cassava, dahl soup and rotis. 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.

HOW WILL I GET TO WORK?

Transport from your accommodation to your place of work each day will be by local bus, taxi (cost not included) or foot. 

4. The reviews

I LEARNED SO MUCH IN FIJI!  | 3 Dec 2014
I wanted to experience teaching sport in a school environment and I think I succeeded in both. I ...

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I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS PROJECT  | 2 Jun 2014
I did the sports coaching project and had a really great time. The primary school where I was pos...

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I HAVE NEVER FELT MORE WELCOME AWAY FROM HOME  | 30 May 2014
The project has been amazing, I have never felt more welcome away from home and I have enjoyed ev...

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THE DAYS GO BY SO QUICKLY  | 11 Apr 2014
My time here in the beautiful Fiji has been short, but thanks to Frontier it has been full to the...

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ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE  | 10 Apr 2014
Worked at Dudley school for 6 weeks Sports Coaching and Teaching, I was based in 805 classes each...

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GREAT FUN TEACHING IN FIJI  | 24 Sep 2012
I am in the last week of my project and I’ve had a really great time. Fiji is very differen...

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'THE KIDS IN FIJI ARE THE SWEETEST THINGS'  | 19 Jun 2012
This project absolutely changed my life. The transport from the airport to Suva is very straightf...

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Rugby, football and swimming in Suva  | 16 Dec 2011
My 4 week teaching and coaching experience in Fiji was life changing. I was based in Suva and liv...

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High School Athletics  | 3 May 2010
We’ve now finished our sports coaching programme at the local high school. The teache...

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Applause for Our Arrival!  | 19 Apr 2010
After arriving in Suva very jetlagged and sweaty and not really knowing what to expect, it was co...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Modern conveniences

Suva

  • 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

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

1 week US$1,695

2 weeks US$2,095

3 weeks US$2,295

4 weeks US$2,545

5 weeks US$2,845

6 weeks US$3,145

7 weeks US$3,445

8 weeks US$3,695

9 weeks US$3,945

10 weeks US$4,195

20 weeks US$7,195

Extra week US$445

US$126 / $100 extra per week to upgrade to hostel accommodation

DEPARTURE DATES

First and Third Monday of the month. 

Alternative dates available on request.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES 2016

Term 1

18/01/2016 – 22/04/2016 [14 Weeks]

Holidays – 23/04/16 – 08/05/16 [2 weeks]
 

Term 2

09/05/2016 – 12/08/2016 [14 Weeks]

Holidays – 13/08/16 – 28/08/16 [2 weeks]
 

Term 3

29/08/2016 – 25/11/2016 [13 Weeks]

Holidays – 26/11/2016 – 16/01/2017 (7 weeks)

 

During school holidays a modified program will run with one to one coaching, educational workshops and extracurricular activities.

DURATION

2 weeks and longer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country

  • Two meals per day
  • Accommodation (hostel upgrades 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

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nadi (NAN)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

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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