Volunteer with children in Samoa and support the work of local teachers and caregivers. You’ll spend time working to address areas of need that we have identified, such as promoting early childhood development. At the same time, you’ll gain useful work experience and develop your own personal skills.
While Samoa has experienced significant development in recent years, rural poverty remains a problem. There are limited resources to help disabled people. Enrollment at schools for early childhood school is low. You’ll volunteer mainly with young children, some of whom have special needs or have experienced abuse. You’ll focus on organising fun, educational activities to teach children important skills.
Samoa boasts stunning scenery and there is plenty to occupy your free time. You’ll live with a host family in the town of Apia, which gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the local way of life. Experience a different culture and take advantage of all that Samoa has to offer.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 09 889 0587 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 09 889 0587 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
There is plenty of scope to get involved and use your initiative, so take advantage of our volunteer opportunities with children in Samoa. Here are just some of the things you can do:
- Make learning fun through arts, sports, and games
- Work with disabled children to help them with their rehabilitation
- Help to improve basic skills such as literacy and numeracy
Make learning fun through arts, sports and games
A fun learning environment helps children to stay motivated and focused. You can use your imagination and creativity to help children learn new things while enjoying themselves. This can be done through activities like:
- Arts and crafts
Help to improve basic skills such as literacy and numeracy
An important part of your work is helping young children to master basic educational skills such as counting and the alphabet. This forms the basis of their future learning and will ensure that they are prepared for formal schooling. You can also help older students in these skill areas by assisting them with homework.
Work with disabled children to help them with their rehabilitation
Children with special needs often require additional support so that they can learn basic skills and reach developmental milestones. You will spend time providing children with individual attention and helping them to master tasks such as writing their name. You can also ensure they have fun, whether you’re playing a game outside or enjoying a craft activity.
Where in Samoa will I work?
While doing volunteer work with children in Samoa, you’ll be based in town of Apia. It is located on the central north coast of Upolu, which is Samoa’s second largest island. Apia is a laid-back town which is easy to explore on foot. However, it also has all the modern conveniences you might need, from beachside restaurants to grocery stores.
You will spend time working at our partner schools and centres situated in and around Apia. Conditions at these centres are usually quite basic. Your host family is only a short walk or bus ride away from your placement, so commuting is easy.
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.
Projects Abroad staff were brilliant, they were always available and always checked in on how I was and how my placement was going.
Volunteer with Children in Samoa
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