At a glance
- Support the work of local teachers and caregivers whilst gaining useful work experience and developing your skills.
- You’ll volunteer mainly with young children, some of whom have special needs or have experienced abuse.
- Focus on organising fun, educational activities to teach children important skills and promote early childhood development.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
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.
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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