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.
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This project is only for 15-18 year olds
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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