The Ministry has developed an interim process for all volunteer activities in schools, while a policy is being finalised.
This is to ensure that school activities are not disrupted, and that liability issues are appropriately managed.
This process became effective on 22 May 2019 (see MEHA Circular 45-19).
All Volunteers must be approved by the Permanent Secretary before entering a School.
Volunteers cannot simply work in a school with the approval of a School Head or other representative.
Who Must Comply with the Process
All new volunteers and anyone extending their volunteer placement must also comply with this procedure.
Even if you have entered an MOU with the Ministry, you must comply with this process.
How to Apply:
To volunteer with the Ministry you must comply with the requirements of MEHA Circular 45-19. Supply the documents in the Volunteer Checklist (please note that paragraph d of the checklist relating to police checks is now replaced by the Police Check Policy-Volunteers)
Allow three weeks for all requests to be considered.
After MEHA Approval
Once you have an approval you can apply for FTRA registration and may be a pre-requisite for your visa.
All FTRA registration queries should be directed to the FTRA on 3100125/3311175 or via email at email@example.com.
Visa and permit queries should be directed to Fiji Immigration (http://www.immigration.gov.fj/)
You will also be sent relevant documents to sign and return prior to entering the School.
What volunteers is the Ministry seeking?
We seek volunteers in areas of the following scarce skills:
Support for Special Education Students
- Speech Pathology
- Training of teachers
- Braille skills and knowledge
- Sign language and interpreting skills
- Teachers’ aides
- Mainstream Integration Officer
- Job-Placement Officer
- Child Psychologist
- Occupational Therapist
- Agricultural Science
- Home Economics
- Industrial Arts
Volunteer needs for central and northern divisions for 2020 have been approved by the Permanent Secretary. If you wish to volunteer in these Divisions, please contact the Divisional Education Officer, Central (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Divisional Education Officer, Northern (email@example.com).
How long does FTRA registration take?
If you provide all the necessary details with your application form, registration should take around one week from the time the FTRA receives the documentation—assuming the FTRA is not experiencing a higher than usual demand.
Please note that failing to provide all necessary documentation (visa, medical check, police check) will delay your registration request.
Is there a list of teaching qualifications suitable for FTRA registration?
The FTRA assesses teaching qualifications on a case-by-case basis.
The FTRA works with the Fiji Higher Education Commission to verify teaching qualifications obtained outside Fiji.
What visa do I need?
You must have a visa that permits you to volunteer in Fiji.
Failure to provide an appropriate visa will delay your FTRA registration.
Do I need FTRA registration?
All volunteers must have appropriate registration with the FTRA. The need for registration and type of registration depends on the nature of the activity being undertaken.
I want to build, renovate or donate. What do I need to do?
Please provide a scope of work for any building or renovation work. Also outline who will do the work and their qualifications.
For donations, please see the donations page.
I want to coach/teach/mentor/train students or teachers. What should I provide?
Please provide a copy of the proposed program and as much details as possible.
All proposals must align with the Fiji curriculum and meet Ministry policy requirements.
Can I photograph/video/record children?
No. You must have the permission of the School Head and the Parent/Guardian of the child for every instance. For more information read about our consent requirements.