Volunteering in Samoa with Projects Abroad
Join a volunteer project or work experience placement in the South Pacific islands of Samoa. Our voluntary projects in Samoa will allow you to gain a very different perspective of the islands, compared to most people who visit as tourists staying in the lavish beach resorts. Projects are available for anyone interested in volunteering, including those on a gap year, career break or as summer work experience while studying.
As a volunteer in Samoa, you could work with disabled children in special needs centres, teach in a local school, or volunteer on a Sports project.
Where we are Based in Samoa
Projects Abroad Samoa is based in the laid back capital, Apia. The city is the largest in the Samoan islands and is located on the central north coast of Upolu, Samoa’s second largest island. However, Apia retains a small town feel – it’s easy to explore its few main streets along the bay on foot.
Our 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.
General Information on Samoa
Samoa is located in the Pacific Ocean, south of the equator, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.
The traditional Samoan way, known as ‘fa’a Samoa’ remains a strong force in all aspects of Samoan life. Despite centuries of European influence, Samoa maintains its language, historical customs, social and political systems. As a volunteer living in Samoa you will have the chance to explore the many facets that make up modern Samoan culture and gain a greater understanding of the issues affecting Samoa today.
This may involve joining the locals for a game of kirikiti the local version of cricket, or visiting one of the many festivals celebrating everything from fire dancing to traditional Samoan tattoos.
Travel and Tourism in Samoa
Volunteers in Samoa are spoilt for choice in terms of travel opportunities, both at the weekends or after finishing your volunteering placement. Idyllic beaches with diving, snorkelling and blue holes to explore are within a five minute walk from Apia. Also close by are more beaches for diving, surfing or fishing, like the stunning Lalomanu beach. The centre of Upolu island has rainforests where you can trek through the jungle to welcoming waterfalls; some complete with natural rock slides, perfect for a cooling swim or picnic.
Although you could easily spend weeks just exploring Upolu Island, there are nine more main islands within the Samoan archipelago. Manono Island and Savaii are both easily accessible by boat and ferry, and smaller boats will take you on to the quieter outlying islands.
Projects available in Samoa
With paradise beaches and crystal clear waters, Samoa has a lot to offer. Why not give something back? You can volunteer in a kindergarten, or work with disabled children in a special needs centre.
The Community Village project in Samoa gives volunteers the chance to fully immerse themselves in traditional Samoan village life and learn about their fascinating culture.
Volunteer at Samoa’s biggest daily newspaper, the Samoa Observer, or work at a popular radio station, Radio Polynesia and gain valuable experience.
Work alongside the Samoa National Health Service (NHS), and the local schools and communities. Volunteers will have the opportunity to explore the power of sharing knowledge to change the lives of local Samoans.
Work in centres for disabled children and make a positive impact on your patients’ lives, or work at the Samoa Rugby Union under the supervision of the team’s head physiotherapist.
With paradise beaches and crystal clear waters, Samoa has a lot to offer. Why not give something back? Teach in local primary and secondary schools and gain invaluable teaching experience.
Work with the Samoa Rugby Union and coach the game of rugby, as well as teach players about healthy living.
Work in a local school in Samoa and help children improve their rugby, football, basketball or hockey skills.
Take part in an intensive Samoan language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your placement.
Short-term specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Samoa
Projects for professionals available in Samoa
As a PRO Nutritionist, you can help facilitate a positive change in attitudes towards food and exercise. In turn you will be helping to reduce the number of preventable illnesses associated with poor nutrition.
As an experienced Occupational Therapist you have the opportunity to help many underprivileged Samoans with physical and mental disabilities and provide them with the support they need.
As an experienced physiotherapist you have the opportunity to help many dedicated organisations in Samoa that care for children and adults with various physical disabilities.