At a glance
- Join us on a nutrition internship in Samoa, if you have a passion for a healthy lifestyle while supporting disadvantaged communities, where you learn from professionals while gaining experience.
- Many in Samoa are categorised as obese at a young age, therefore your help can improve their health and wellness in local communities. You’ll help with health checks and raise awareness about healthy living.
- You will be living with a host family, and work on the tropical island of Upolu, where you’ll have plenty of time to explore all of the beautiful sites.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
You need to speak intermediate English.
What will I do on the Nutrition internship in Samoa?
At our Nutrition placements in Samoa, you’ll gain practical experience learning from qualified professionals. You’ll also be working to meet the nutritional needs of local communities. Here are some tasks you can expect to do:
- Raise awareness about healthy living in schools and communities
- Help with home visits to check up on patients
- Research common health problems in Samoa and compile office resources
- Create eye-catching posters to put up in antenatal clinics
These are the main areas your work will focus on:
Raise awareness about healthy living
One of your most important tasks on this project is raising awareness about healthy living. There are a host of different ways you can do this. You can:
- Give presentations
- Run workshops
- Hold small focus groups
- Put up eye-catching posters
You’ll also get to work with people from many different walks of life. This could include working with new mothers or teaching classes in primary schools. You could also give presentations in communities or in homes for the elderly. Nutrition education benefits people of all ages and it’s never too late to live a healthier life.
We have all the support and resources you need to prepare for presentations and lessons in our local office. Through all your work, your supervisor will be there to guide and assist you.
Assist with home visits
For some patients, getting to clinics is particularly difficult. This can be for a number of reasons, for example if they struggle with their health and are unable to leave the house for long periods. To ensure that these people are getting the care they need, you’ll assist Samoa National Health Service (NHS) workers in conducting home visits.
Home visits consist of taking health measures of patients in their homes. You’ll help with checking a patient’s:
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
Based on this data, NHS professionals can give consultations on how to lead healthier lives. If necessary, they can also refer patients for further treatment.
Once you get back to the office, you’ll enter these measures into our Global Impact Database. We use this to track patient progress and monitor whether patients are improving.
Research health problems
As part of your office work, you’ll conduct research on some of the most common health issues faced by people in Samoa. This includes diseases like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. You’ll use your research to create office resources, which future interns can refer to and learn from. In this way, you’ll help make sure interns are always learning from each other and developing new, creative ideas.
Create eye-catching posters
To help new mothers remember information about their baby’s nutritional needs, you’ll make colourful posters. You can include information like how to make sure both mother and child are receiving proper nutrition after the birthing process. Putting these up in antenatal clinics is an easily accessible way for new mothers to gain more knowledge about nutrition.
Project Partners on the Nutrition placement in Samoa
To ensure that we’re helping where it’s needed most and having the biggest possible impact, we’ve partnered with the Samoa National Health Service (NHS) and the Samoa National Kidney Foundation. These organisations support our work and help us reach as many communities as possible.
Where in Samoa will I be working?
Our Nutrition placement in Samoa is based in Upolu. This is an island surrounded by the clear, blue Pacific Ocean. The island is home to about 135,000 people. Samoa’s capital, Apia, lies along the north coast of the island.
You’ll be working in disadvantaged schools and communities. Facilities here are often basic, making your contribution even more important.
Formed by a dormant volcano, Upolu is lush with vegetation thriving off nutrient-dense ash. This makes it a haven for nature lovers, with many beautiful natural sights like Sopoaga Falls and the Piula Cave Pool. It’s also definitely worth taking some time to hike to the majestic Lalomanu Crater.
Volunteering for professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
There’s plenty to do during your free time while volunteering on the tropical islands of Samoa. Whether you’re a beach lover, a nature enthusiast, or a culture buff, there’s sure to be something for you!
Our projects are based in Samoa’s capital, Apia. This city has plenty to do nearby so you don’t have to go far to get the most out of volunteering abroad. There are a number of museums and art galleries in Apia. You can wander through their halls on free afternoons and take in the splendour of local artworks and rich national history.
With white-sand beaches, the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, and the Piula Cave Pool, there are many different ways to appreciate nature and marine life. You can go snorkelling through rainbow-coloured reefs or just relax on the beach in the warm sun.
You’ll likely have many other volunteers in-country with you during your project. This means you can explore independently or in a group. Travelling between the different islands together is a great way to bond and connect with other volunteers.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team in Samoa
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