Moving to Fiji

Expat in Fiji

As many people will know I have a longtime love affair with Africa. There was a point where I had literally read everything Brisbane City Council had to offer on the topic of Africa.

But I have longtime love affairs with quite a few things – peppermint chocolate, Law and Order SVU, Jessica Beaton, my giant giraffe, travelling, saving money – and  sometimes my love affairs conflict with each other. For example, when my giraffe is too large to fit on an airplane.

Back on topic, it’s important to love your workplace because you spend half of your life there. I love my job, supporting people with a disability. I love the people I work with and I’m passionate about inclusion. I don’t want to leave the disability sector.

But I’d also like to move overseas to work in a developing country and that’s a little difficult to achieve when you work in the disability sector because not many countries are investing in quality disability programs. Conflict: how to work in the disability sector and international development sector at the same time.

I applied for a few jobs working in schools in Africa but none of them included disability work so it didn’t feel like the right fit. It was difficult to find a job that I wasn’t going to use as a career step, and instead was going to have meaning.

Then released on the inter webs was an open application for a magical role in Fiji! It fit all of my job seeking criteria:

tick-box Disability Sector

tick-box International Development work

tick-box Friendly culture

tick-box Opportunities for my husband in the region

I can’t write about which company I am working with because they have a privacy policy but I can write a little about the job description. In Suva, the capital of Fiji, I’ll be working across six special schools training the classroom teachers. I don’t know very much about the schools yet but I assume they are primary schools because education is free in Fiji until year 8. My interviewer mentioned that the schools have specialist areas, including a school for the blind and a school for the deaf. Some of the students are being actively supported to reengage with the mainstream schools, so I may spend time working with the teachers in those schools too.

Josh and I visited Fiji in 2014 and loved the culture and communal atmosphere. I’m really excited to become a part of (what I hope will be!) a loving community.

And this time, I’ll remember my sunglasses.

Fortunately, Josh is a travel agent and Fiji is a tourism hub. He has some contacts that will hopefully help with finding a new job role.

Fiji is 3 hours and 40 minutes from home. It’s closer to Brisbane than Perth. We therefore expect lots of visitors and hope to offer free accommodation in return!

We are due in Suva February 28th, so in the meantime I am making the best of having a partner in the tourism industry and we will be travelling through Asia over January. Keep an eye out for pics of Petra, orangutans and unlimited noodle soup!

And please, please, please, keep us from loneliness by taking advantage of flight deals to Fiji and make sure you come for a visit!


tick-box Move to Fiji

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    James Chapman
    May 18, 2016 at 6:58 pm

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      Emma Margaret
      May 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks James! Glad you enjoyed it.

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    May 27, 2016 at 3:15 pm

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      Emma Margaret
      May 27, 2016 at 3:19 pm

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    December 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Hi. I just wondered if you are actually living there now. Also how your partner went getting a work permit. I am taking a position in Suva in January but all info we have looked at here suggests my hubby might have trouble getting a work permit despite having great quals.

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      Emma Margaret
      January 25, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Hi Mandy! Sorry the late reply, I had a blog break! Yes it is difficult to get work visas, especially if you don’t set it up before you arrive in country. Finding a company to volunteer with might be easier, and then accessing a volunteer visa. All the best!

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