At a glance
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.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Is volunteer work with children in Samoa right for me?
Do you enjoy working with children? Want to experience a different culture while helping to make a positive impact? You can do this and more while travelling in the South Pacific as a volunteer at our Childcare Project in Samoa.
You’ll gain childcare and teaching experience, which is a great addition to your CV if you’re thinking of pursuing a career in these fields. There are different options to choose from, for example, if you want to work with young children or those with special needs.
There are no requirements in order to join. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a comprehensive induction which will introduce you to everything you need to know. Your role is to support the local caregivers and teachers, who will guide you for the duration of your placement. Projects Abroad staff are also available 24/7 and check in with all our volunteers regularly.
You’ll have access to a resource database stocked with ideas for different activities and educational games. Furthermore, we also organise regular workshops with our Childcare and Teaching volunteers. You can share advice and learn more about childcare practices in Samoa.
This project is available year round. Please bear in mind that during holiday times we run informal school sessions instead. You can join at any time from a minimum of one week, although some of our partner placements have longer requirements.
If you have TESOL or TEFL qualifications and can dedicate at least five weeks of your time, there is also the opportunity to work at a centre for children who have been abused. This is subject to the discretion of the centre.
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.
A typical day volunteering with children in Samoa
A standard work day will run from 9am - 2pm, Monday to Friday. You will have your weekends and evenings free to relax and explore.
Because there are different placement options available on this project, your daily activities will vary according to the option you choose. You can work at schools for children with disabilities, as well as kindergartens and primary schools.
In general, you’ll spend your time interacting with and supporting the children. This may involve helping older children with their homework. Or, teaching the younger ones new skills through fun activities like songs and games. You’ll also assist local staff with daily tasks around the centre.
Once you’re done for the day, it’s time to soak in your new surroundings. Spend time getting to know your host family over a delicious dinner, or join in with one of our regular volunteer socials. These give you a chance to get to know your fellow volunteers.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The main aim of this project is to support the educational development of children.
Samoa has a literacy rate of 99% and a high level of primary school enrollment. The country has also shown significant improvement in terms of poverty and unemployment rates in recent years. However, these issues still persist in certain areas, particularly in rural ones, and there is room for improvement.
Schools in disadvantaged areas are often under-resourced and overcrowded. This means that children don’t receive the level of attention and stimulation that they need. In particular, there is a low level of participation in nursery schools, and resources for children with disabilities are limited. To address these concerns, our goals in Samoa are to:
- Improve English levels
- Promote early childhood development
- Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
- Increase literacy
- Increase emotional care and support to each child
We need the help of volunteers like you to give children the support they need, and to act as an additional helping hand for teachers. Join us in Samoa and contribute to positive, long-term change in the lives of local children.
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.
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.
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