Arrival Procedure in Samoa
Faleolo Airport in Apia is a 40 minute drive from the town centre. Most flights arrive early in the morning. When you arrive at the airport, one of the Projects Abroad staff in Samoa will be there to meet you and drive you into town along the coast and past villages with a backdrop of tropical forests and mountains.
From the airport you will be taken by taxi to your host family's home where you can relax and unpack before being picked up again to complete your induction in the Projects Abroad office and around your local area (a time will be confirmed once you arrive with the local staff).
Induction and Orientation
Depending on the time of your flight, you will either have your induction in the afternoon of your arrival day or the following day. You will be picked up from your host family and taken for an orientation around town. You will be shown how to reach our office by public transport and there you will be introduced to the other staff. You will be shown the handbook and any necessary safety and security measures will be explained.
You will then be shown around town including different landmarks and amenities such as the post office, banks, bureaux de change and you can also buy a local SIM card.
After the tour we'll take you back to your new home to rest and properly settle in. The next morning, you will be picked up from your host family and shown how to get to your placement. Most placements are conveniently located within a short bus ride from your host family. Our staff will make sure that you are happy with this journey before you do it alone.
Please note that if you do need to use local transport to get to and from work you will need to cover the cost, which should not be more than the equivalent of £1 per day. When you arrive at your placement, you will be introduced to the supervisor who will explain your role and what you will be doing during your time.
During your first few days you will also have the opportunity to meet the other volunteers who will be very eager to meet you!
Our host families are Native Samoans and all speak good English.
The Projects Abroad office is easily accessible by bus and some host families are even within walking distance. The office has an area where volunteers can use Wi-Fi and can come to use the teaching and care resources we have available.