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The first day of training for the education program

Volunteering in Fiji – Improving Children’s Education


Volunteer in Fiji – Teaching Children of the Dawasamu Islands
Dawasamu Islands, Fiji

My name is Kendall and I am a 19-year-old college student living in America. I’ve never left my country before, but this year I impulsively decided that it was finally time to get out of my comfort zone and experience something new.

This summer I spent six weeks volunteering in Fiji teaching the students of Dawasamu Primary School. My responsibilities included improving literacy and numeracy comprehension as well as providing lessons in P.E., music, and art. I’ve never had any experience teaching, but my time spent in Dawasamu Primary School made me open my eyes to the importance of education– and how taken for granted it is back in my own country.

Each volunteer was assigned a “family” for the duration of their stay
Each volunteer was assigned a “family” for the duration of their stay.
A GoEco volunteer in a one-on-one session with a student.
One-on-one sessions were required for some students, which included literacy and numeracy comprehension, as well as beginning to read.

Although I only volunteered for six weeks, I still feel like I contributed to the larger goal; improving the education in the Dawasamu District.

A final last day of school photo with one of our GoEco volunteer's classes, Class 2 and their teacher Mrs. Tara
A final last day of school photo with one of my classes, Class 2 and their teacher Mrs. Tara.

Although I am still young, I can easily say that my time volunteering in Fiji changed my life. It was such an amazing experience being able to indulge myself in a culture different from my own as well as learn about the cultures of the other volunteers.

A GoEco volunteer's goodbye ceremony. The girls were encouraged to wear Sulu Chambres, which could be sewn by the women in the villages.
My goodbye ceremony. The girls were encouraged to wear Sulu Chambres, which could be sewn by the women in the villages.

It was so beautiful to see people from different countries and nationalities all come together for one purpose; to help others in need. I still have a long way to go, but my time volunteering has made me realize the type of person I want to become and my desire to surround myself with like-minded people. I’ve formed so many bonds with both the volunteers and villagers in such a short period of time.

A GoEco volunteer on a weekend trip to Coral Coast.
A weekend trip to Coral Coast.

It was definitely hard to say goodbye, but I am hopeful that I will one day be reunited with all of the friends I’ve made. Volunteering was the best decision I’ve made in my life and I definitely plan on volunteering abroad in the near future.

Get involved and begin the journey of your lifetime! Click here for more details about Teaching Children of the Dawasamu Islands!

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