Team up with a group of volunteers your age and take part in community volunteer work in Samoa for teenagers. On this project, you’ll have the chance to really immerse yourself in traditional village life on a tropical island. You’ll also take part in work that benefits the local community.
In Samoa, you’ll team up to help run literacy programmes for children during their school holidays. These programmes take place in local libraries. The libraries are in a state of disrepair, so your group will do some basic renovation work. It’s great way for you to add experience to your CV and develop your teamwork and leadership skills.
You’ll live and work with your group in two different villages. When you’re not working, we’ve organised plenty to keep you busy. Our friendly local staff will be there to supervise and support you at all times, and make sure you enjoy exploring Samoa with new friends!
When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Visa support and advice
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this cultural immersion project in Samoa?
As a teenager volunteering in a Samoan village, you’ll work alongside people your age. Together, you’ll learn about the local culture and take part in valuable community work. Here are just some of the things you’ll be doing:
- Take part in basic renovation work to improve local libraries
- Help to run a holiday literacy programme for local children
- Immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about their way of life
- Work alongside other teenagers your age and experience life in Samoa
Take part in basic renovation work to improve local libraries
Many of the local libraries are in a state of disrepair and need a facelift. Under the supervision of local staff, you’ll give them a fresh coat of paint and take part in some basic repair work. This may involve fixing doors, windows or shelves, for example. Working together, you’ll help to create a much-improved reading environment for the community.
Help to run a holiday literacy programme for local children
Your trip coincides with the Samoan school holidays, so you will have the chance to help out with the library reading programme for local children. This is a great way to improve their English literacy skills, while making reading a fun and interactive experience.
Immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about their way of life
A big part of this project is about immersing yourself in traditional village culture and learning about the Samoan way of life. You’ll stay with a local family, enjoy your meals with them and spend time getting to know each other while helping out with daily tasks.
Work alongside other teenagers and experience life in Samoa
You’ll be living and working alongside a group of teenagers from across the world. You’ll get to share in this exciting adventure, taking part in organised social activities and weekend trips. Our friendly local staff will be there to supervise you throughout these events.
Where interns work
During your time on this cultural immersion project for teenagers in Samoa, you’ll be based in two locations. Your first week will be spent in Fasito'o Tai village on Upolu Island. You’ll spend the second week in the village of Salelologa on Savaii Island.
Fasito'o Tai is a village located on the northwest coast of Upolu island, Samoa’s second largest island. Here you will live with a friendly host family, and travel to the nearby town of Apia for work on their local library.
Salelologa is a village situated on the eastern side of Savii island, Samoa’s largest island. Here, you’ll stay with a local family in this traditional rural village, and learn all about their way of life. You will enjoy a supervised weekend trip with fellow volunteers and staff around the beautiful island. Savii is home to incredible natural wonders, from palm-fringed beaches to waterfalls, caves and blue holes.
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.
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