Volunteer in the South Pacific with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad offers a number of placements in the South Pacific, to volunteers of all ages and abilities, from anywhere in the world. Whether you are retired or on a gap-year; volunteering as an elective student or an intern; taking a career break or on holiday from school, college, university or work, we have a voluntary project to suit you.
Projects Abroad has been organising volunteer placements since 1992 and we are now the world’s leading overseas volunteering organisation. We have a host of available placements in all our destinations, which means that we can offer an incredible degree of flexibility – not only can you choose the project that you want, the duration of this project and your own start date, but we will also work with you to find a placement which best suits your abilities and interests.
There are lots of projects to choose from in Fiji, such as caring for underprivileged children in kindergartens and Special Needs Centres. You can also teach English in primary or secondary schools or even help rebuild homes and schools damaged by Cyclone Winston.
Our Teaching and Care projects are all located in and around the city of Apia. Most visitors to Samoa are unaware that it is on the UN’s least developed countries list and it is the poorer areas of cities like Apia which are most in need of volunteer help. You will live with a local host family who will introduce you to the Samoan culture and provide you with the very best that Samoan hospitality has to offer.
Volunteer placements in the South Pacific: Fiji and Samoa
We offer a range of volunteering opportunities as part of our Care and Teaching projects. On a Care placement you are most likely to find yourself working in an orphanage or a care home, supporting the staff there in whatever way you can. On a Teaching placement you will probably find yourself working in a school, teaching conversational English to a group of enthusiastic students, although if you have skills in other areas that you would like to teach, then do let us know when you apply, as this can often be accommodated.
Travel & Tourism in the South Pacific
There is plenty of scope for visiting other parts of Fiji and Samoa whilst you are on your project; weekend trips are regularly organised by Projects Abroad staff and volunteers to places like Vanua Levu – a major island which is part of Fiji. Many volunteers also like to spend a period of time travelling further afield, either at the beginning or the end of their trip, and the South Pacific offers all manner of exotic destinations, such as Vanuatu to the west, Tonga to the east and Tuvalu to the north. New Zealand and Australia are also reachable within a few hours, by aeroplane.