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Volunteering in Samoa with Projects Abroad

  • Placement location: Apia
  • Project lengths: From 1 week
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Prices: from Loading...
  • Top places to travel: Lalomanu beach, Piula cave pool, Afu Aau falls

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Map of Samoa A perfect view of a beach in Samoa

Join a volunteer project or work experience placement in the South Pacific islands of Samoa. Our voluntary projects in Samoa will allow you to gain a very different perspective of the islands, compared to most people who visit as tourists staying in the lavish beach resorts. Projects are available for anyone interested in volunteering, including those on a gap year, career break or as summer work experience while studying.

As a volunteer in Samoa, you could work with disabled children in special needs centres, teach in a local school, or volunteer on a Sports project.

Where we are Based in Samoa...

Volunteers hiking in the Samoan rainforest

Projects Abroad Samoa is based in the laid back capital, Apia. The city is the largest in the Samoan islands and is located on the central north coast of Upolu, Samoa’s second largest island. However, Apia retains a small town feel – it’s easy to explore its few main streets along the bay on foot.

Our projects are all located in and around the city of Apia. Most visitors to Samoa are unaware that it is on the UN’s least developed countries list and it is the poorer areas of cities like Apia which are most in need of volunteer help.

You will live with a local host family who will introduce you to the Samoan culture and provide you with the very best that Samoan hospitality has to offer.

General Information on Samoa

Samoa is located in the Pacific Ocean, south of the equator, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.

The traditional Samoan way, known as ‘fa’a Samoa’ remains a strong force in all aspects of Samoan life. Despite centuries of European influence, Samoa maintains its language, historical customs, social and political systems. As a volunteer living in Samoa you will have the chance to explore the many facets that make up modern Samoan culture and gain a greater understanding of the issues affecting Samoa today.

This may involve joining the locals for a game of kirikiti the local version of cricket, or visiting one of the many festivals celebrating everything from fire dancing to traditional Samoan tattoos.

Travel and Tourism in Samoa

The calm waters of Samoa

Volunteers in Samoa are spoilt for choice in terms of travel opportunities, both at the weekends or after finishing your volunteering placement. Idyllic beaches with diving, snorkelling and blue holes to explore are within a five minute walk from Apia. Also close by are more beaches for diving, surfing or fishing, like the stunning Lalomanu beach. The centre of Upolu island has rainforests where you can trek through the jungle to welcoming waterfalls; some complete with natural rock slides, perfect for a cooling swim or picnic.

Although you could easily spend weeks just exploring Upolu Island, there are nine more main islands within the Samoan archipelago. Manono Island and Savaii are both easily accessible by boat and ferry, and smaller boats will take you on to the quieter outlying islands.

Projects available in Samoa

High School Specials for 15 to 18 year olds available in Samoa

Projects for professionals available in Samoa

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