At a glance
- Spend your days learning from local Samoans about daily life in a traditional Pacific island village.
- Immerse yourself in a culture different to your own, something you’d never experience as a tourist.
- Support community initiatives based on your skills and interests, including anything from teaching children to running workshops.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Is volunteering in a village in Samoa right for me?
Are you interested in learning about a different culture? Would you like to experience a more traditional way of life far away from home? Then this cultural immersion programme in Samoa is a great fit for you.
You don’t need any specific experience or qualifications to join. Our staff will be available to guide you every step of the way throughout your project.
This is also a great opportunity to give back by supporting community initiatives. No matter your passion, we’ll find a way to incorporate your particular set of skills into your project work. So you can even look at this as a way to gain experience in your field of interest.
What’s more, you’ll gain valuable skills like teamwork and the ability to adapt to change, which will help you in any career. You can add this experience to your CV, and draw on what you’ve learnt through this unique project during job interviews.
Our cultural immersion project in Samoa is available all year round, so you can join whenever it suits you. The minimum duration is two weeks, but we recommend staying longer for a more immersive learning experience.
What will I do on this cultural immersion project in Samoa?
Volunteering in a village in Samoa is all about immersing yourself in local culture and traditions. However, you’ll also be providing valuable assistance to the community in the process. Here are some of the tasks you’ll be doing:
- Immerse yourself in and learn about the cultures and traditions of the village
- Teach children at the local community school
- Run workshops and classes based on your interests
- Help out with basic chores like cooking and gardening
Your volunteer work in a Samoan village will focus on these main areas:
Immersing yourself in village life
A big part of your project involves immersing yourself in village life. You’ll have the chance to live like a local. You can learn traditional singing, dancing and weaving, and taste some of the delicious local dishes. If you’d like, you can also attend church with your host family. This is a very important aspect of village life in Samoa. You can even learn more about the structure of the community and the chief system.
Teaching school children
Along with learning about Samoan culture, you’ll also help with contributing to the community. As part of this, you’ll be involved in teaching children at the local school. You’ll encourage early childhood development by running fun activities like arts and crafts classes or friendly sports games.
You don’t need to worry about coming up with ideas for these activities on your own. Your supervisor will help you with developing lesson plans if you’d like.
Running workshops and classes
Another way of contributing to the community is by using your particular skill set. We each have our own passions and expertise. By using these to benefit others, you’ll help make sure the community is equipped with a diverse set of skills. This could be anything from sports, to cooking, to drama and music.
You can use your skills to run workshops or classes. In this way, you’ll share your knowledge with others.
Helping with basic chores
You’ll be living with a host family, a perfect way to experience life as local. As part of this, you’ll also assist them with basic chores. This can include learning to cook traditional meals (with the added bonus of being able to taste them afterwards!), gardening, or helping with maintenance work.
Where in Samoa will I work?
This cultural immersion project is based on the island of Upolu. You’ll be living and working in a traditional island village. Facilities here are basic, but this is all part of getting a unique insight into day-to-day life in a Samoan village.
During your free time, Upolu is a stunning place to explore. This setting is particularly exciting for nature lovers, with sites like the lush Falefa Valley and beautiful white-sand beaches.
A typical day experiencing traditional village life in Samoa
A typical day will start with teaching at the local primary school. You’ll usually start at 8.30am and end at 2.30pm. You’ll work on things like reading, writing, sports, and arts and crafts.
After teaching, you can help out with other activities. You can hold a drama workshop for local teenagers or give a presentation on healthy eating.
You can also spend your afternoons helping your host family with chores like cooking or tending to the garden. You’ll also attend singing, dancing, and weaving classes. Throughout your day, you’ll be working closely with and interacting with Samoan locals. All the work you do will give you a unique insight into their way of life.
You’ll have your evenings and weekends free, giving you the chance to explore the island and enjoy dinners with your host family.
What are the aims and impact of this cultural immersion project in Samoa?
The main aim of this project is to give you the chance to immerse yourself in the cultures and traditions of a Samoan village. You’ll also be giving back to the community through the work you do.
This project is something a little different to our other volunteer and internship programmes. Rather than having one focused role, you’ll be able to take on many different roles. This is a great all-round learning experience, and you’ll be able to support the community with whatever they need.
An important aspect of the project is the teaching work you’ll do. The aim of this work is to provide educational support to young children. You’ll work with local teachers to give students extra attention. Ultimately, this helps create a solid foundation for their future.
Volunteer in a village in Samoa and immerse yourself in a different way of life while helping the local community.
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.
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