Volunteer Teaching in Samoa
- Placement locations: Apia
- Types of schools: Elementary, High School
- Age of students: 5 - 16
- Class sizes: 30+
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English, Maths, Science, Sports)
- Requirements: None
- Extra-curricular roles: Art, Drama, IT, Music, Sports
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering as a teacher in Samoa with Projects Abroad is a great way to get involved in the local community. You can gain valuable teaching experience without any previous qualifications, and you are not required to have undergone TEFL training.
Samoa is becoming increasingly urbanized and speaking good English is essential for getting a good job, both in the booming tourist industry and in other areas of business.
Whether you are volunteering during a gap year, summer abroad, or as a volunteer vacation, the impact you have on the lives of your students will be obvious. You will also be part of the larger Projects Abroad volunteer network, which is making a lasting positive contribution to the wider community.
I turned up to the class, not really knowing what to expect – and was greeted by 30 of the happiest children I have ever met! It certainly wasn’t always easy teaching in thirty degree heat with only one textbook available per class, but it was the best experience of my life. I received so much help and support from Emma, our volunteer coordinator, and the staff at the school. Read more...
Volunteering as a Teacher in Samoa
English is one of Samoa’s official languages (Samoan is the other) and it is a major educational goal to make all Samoans bilingual. All lessons are taught in English by midway through elementary school. As a volunteer teacher, you can help educate children in elementary and high schools in and around Apia, Samoa’s capital.
The class sizes can often be large in Apia, with up to 65 students in a class, so your help will be appreciated. As a volunteer teacher you will often start by working alongside the local Samoan staff to help improve conversational English, as well as assisting with other subjects in the curriculum. Through assisting with English lessons and introducing fun and interactive ways of learning, like games and songs you can improve the student’s enthusiasm and develop their confidence. They are sure to be interested in you and your life, and you can take advantage of this to get them talking in English about a wide variety of topics.
Volunteer teachers in Samoa are not limited to only teaching English, although English is the main subject that you teach. Depending on your interests and skills, you can get involved with teaching subjects such as math and science, as well as a number of extra-curricular activities including art, drama, IT, and music. The teachers and children also appreciate volunteers who are happy to teach some sports. Cricket and rugby are particularly popular.
Did you know? One of the main goals of Samoan schools is to make students completely bilingual, with Samoa as the first language, and English as the second.
If you have any other interests or subjects you would like to teach, please let us know when you apply so that we can match you to a school where you can incorporate these skills.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Samoa Teaching Management Plan.