At a glance
- Help to support the educational development of children in primary schools or special needs schools.
- You’ll act as an extra pair of hands for local teachers, which allows them to spend more time with children who need extra support.
- Work to improve students’ conversational English abilities, as well as their reading skills.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Is volunteer teaching in Samoa right for me?
Are you passionate about working with children? Enjoy being proactive and taking the initiative? Then volunteering as a teacher in Samoa is a good fit for you.
On this placement, you’ll gain practical teaching work experience in Samoa. This is a great boost for your CV if you’re considering a career in this field. You’ll learn from local teaching professionals, and develop your own planning and teamwork skills. Sometimes you will assist the local teacher, and other times you’ll lead the class yourself.
You can still join us even if you don’t have any previous teaching experience. This is because you will receive a thorough project induction and have a supervisor guide you throughout your placement. We also run regular teaching workshops. During workshops, you can get advice, troubleshoot issues, and share experiences with staff and other volunteers.
You can join us from four weeks onwards. The longer you stay, the greater your impact! Our start and end dates are flexible, and the project runs throughout the year. During the holidays, more informal school sessions are organised instead.
What will I do on this project?
There are so many different ways to get involved when you volunteer as a teacher in Samoa. Some of your tasks include:
- Work with students to improve their English abilities
- Provide extra classroom support for teachers and students
- Get involved teaching other subjects such as music or sports
Your work will focus on the follow main areas:
Work with students to improve their English abilities
There is a strong emphasis on English in Samoa, as it is one of the country’s two official languages. All subjects are taught in English from mid-primary school onwards.
You’ll help to improve students’ abilities by running reading sessions with small group. Or you can work on conversational English skills through fun activities, songs and games.
Provide extra classroom support for teachers and students
Classroom sizes tend to be quite large in some Samoan schools. You’ll act as an extra pair of hands for the local teachers, giving them the chance to spend more time with students who require more attention. By splitting the classroom into smaller groups, students will receive the guidance that they need.
Get involved teaching other subjects such as music or sports
There is also room for you to help teach other subjects on the curriculum. These subjects include:
Let us know if you have a special interest in one of these areas when you apply. We’ll do our best to match you with a school where your skills can be utilised.
Where in Samoa will I work?
While volunteering as a teacher in Samoa, you’ll be based in the town of Apia. It’s situated on the central north coast of Upolu, Samoa’s second largest island. The town has a laid-back feel, and it is easy to explore on foot. Apia has all the modern amenities you might need, and there are incredible dive spots and beaches just five minutes away.
You’ll be working in primary, secondary and special needs schools in and around Apia. These schools often have large class sizes and limited resources.
A typical day volunteering as a teacher in Samoa
After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the home of your host family, you’ll either catch a bus or walk to work. On your first day, a Projects Abroad staff member will accompany you to show you the way.
A typical day on the Teaching Project in Samoa begins at 8.30am and ends between 1.30pm and 4pm, depending on the grade. You can choose to work at a local primary school or special-needs school.
Your tasks will vary according to which placement you choose. In general, you will spend time either teaching the class yourself or assisting the local teacher. You might find yourself conducting reading sessions, or organising fun games that help to improve children’s conversational English skills.
There is also room to get involved teaching other subjects, so you could end up organising sports sessions or art classes.
Once you’re done for the day, it’s time to make the most of your time in this beautiful country. Spend time getting to know your host family over a delicious dinner, or visit tourist hotspots with your fellow volunteers. We encourage you to also join us on one of our regular volunteer socials.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The main aim of this project is to improve the English abilities of local students, and support the work of local teachers.
English is one of Samoa’s two official languages, and it is a major educational goal to ensure Samoan students are bilingual. All lessons are taught in English from midway through primary school.
Due to a lack of resources, many schools have large numbers of students in each class. This makes it tricky for teachers to provide students with the individual attention they need to thrive.
You’ll focus on improving students’ conversational English and reading abilities. You’ll also assist by devising creative methods for developing their skills and confidence. This in turn will improve the overall level of educational support in the classroom.
Our long-term educational goals in Samoa are to:
- Increase literacy
- Improve support for those with learning disabilities
- Improve English levels
- Improve classroom support
- Encourage learning through creativity
Join us in Samoa and support the educational development of children in disadvantaged communities.
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.
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.
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