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Volunteer with Children in Samoa for Schoolies

Join a group of people your age to help support disadvantaged children at care centres

At a glance

Take an Alternative Schoolies volunteering trip to Samoa, and do something different over your school-leaving holiday. You’ll support the work of local teachers and caregivers at disadvantaged care centres, and encourage children to learn through play. This is a great way to give back and travel at the same time!

The centres we work with in Samoa are overcrowded, and teachers need some helping hands. You’ll support them by teaching English with songs and flashcards, and playing games with the children. You’ll also add value to your placement through light renovation work. This can include painting a colourful mural, fixing up playground equipment, or cleaning up and renovating the garden.

You’ll live and work with a group of teenagers your age in Apia, the capital and largest city in Samoa. When you’re not working, we’ve organised fun cultural and social activities for you to enjoy. Throughout it all, our staff will be by your side.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates during school holidays

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks


This project is only for 15-18 year olds

Is an Alternative Schoolies volunteering trip to Samoa right for me?

Are you curious about other cultures and enjoy the antics of little ones? Are you eager to travel and volunteer with a group your age after school? Then you will have the time of your life as an Alternative Schoolies volunteer in Samoa!

If you have a healthy dose of wanderlust, this project is the perfect opportunity to travel safely. You’ll be with a group, and Projects Abroad staff will be at your side constantly to help and guide you. Furthermore, this trip has a set itinerary. From the moment you arrive at the airport in Samoa, every activity is organised for you.

You don't need experience to join this project, as you’ll work alongside local staff. Projects Abroad staff are also there to guide you every step of the way. It’s a great way to gain childcare experience, which could help your future studies or career. You’ll also develop personal skills, like teamwork and communication.

Volunteer community work in Samoa for schoolies runs for two weeks, usually at the end of November and the beginning of December every year.

An alternative schoolies volunteer in Samoa reads a book for a class

What will I do on this project?

In Samoa, you’ll team up with people your age to help children learn through play at disadvantaged daycare centres and kindergartens. Your tasks will include:

  • Help teachers arrange and implement educational activities
  • Encourage children to practice good hygiene every day
  • Create resources like educational murals that the school can use for many years to come
  • Explore Samoa and learn more about the culture with your fellow volunteers

Your work will mainly focus on:

Educational activities

Because many of these care centres are overcrowded, teachers and caregivers often aren’t able to pay attention to each child equally. You will be an extra pair of hands and eyes, helping them reach more children throughout the day.

You will do activities like:

  • Help children learn the English alphabet through songs, games, and flashcards
  • Organise arts and crafts to encourage their creativity
  • Play sports to get kids active and working on hand-eye coordination
  • Read to children to help improve literacy

Your Projects Abroad supervisor will have loads of activity ideas to share with you. Plus you can brainstorm with fellow volunteers to come up with new ones of your own. You will also have the local teachers supervising and helping you.

Make sure the children practice good hygiene every day

Together, you and your group can help encourage better personal hygiene by using fun activities. You can help teach children good handwashing techniques, or how to brush their teeth more effectively twice a day.

Community work

You will also be able to add a bit of value to your placement through your own creative talents by helping with tasks such as:

  • Paint colourful murals with an educational message
  • Decorate a classroom
  • Renovate playground equipment
  • Clean and maintain the garden
  • Make flash cards, posters, and other educational materials

Working together as a team, you’ll be able to do a lot in the short time you’re in Samoa.

Exploring Samoa

Finally, this project is also an opportunity for you to travel, learn, and grow in a safe environment. During your evenings, we will help you learn more about Samoan culture through workshops and performances.

Over the weekend, under the supervision of our staff, you will get a chance to see a bit more of the country. We’ll take you and your new friends on a trip to some of the surrounding islands.

Where will I work in Samoa?


You and your group will be based in Samoa’s 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, despite its size, Apia retains a small town feel. It’s easy to explore the cluster of main streets along the bay on foot.

Most visitors to Samoa are unaware that it is on the UN’s least developed countries list. There are many communities where there is a desperate need for volunteers who can support sustainable, long-term development. The care centres you’ll work with have limited funds and resources, and are often understaffed. 

You’ll all live with a local host family. They’ll introduce you to Samoan culture and provide you with the very best that Samoan hospitality has to offer.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Samoa Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is to bring a group of people together to support the work of teachers and caregivers in disadvantaged communities.

In Samoa, the care centres and kindergartens we work with are often overcrowded. They have limited resources. This means that teachers and caregivers often struggle to give enough attention to each child equally. We need volunteers who can support their work, and become the extra pairs of helping hands they need.

Your Care & Community Alternative Schoolies group will do this through doing fun, educational activities with the children, and improving their learning environment. You’ll also focus on encouraging better personal hygiene to prevent illness.

Improving learning environments is also an important part of our work with children in Samoa. Something like renovating a playground, planting a garden, or creating flashcards can go a long way at your placement. It will help inspire creativity and learning long after you return home.

Creating a space for cultural exchange and growth for you is another important reason we run this project. During your time on the programme, you’ll learn about Samoan culture first-hand by living and working closely with locals.

Join us as an Alternative Schoolies Care & Community volunteer in Samoa and learn more about a new culture while supporting local children.

A female volunteer working with children in Samoa for schoolies

Management plans

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.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Apia. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Samoa and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay $495, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 09 801 2518 to see if we can offer a discount.

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