Samoa is stunning group of islands in the South Pacific close to Fiji so only a short flight from Australia or New Zealand. The history of this gorgeous country runs back over 3000 years where Samoa was colonized by various countries including Germany, New Zealand, United States and Britain.
The major ethnic group residing in Samoa are Samoans consisting more than 90% of the population while there are some Eurasians as well. Even though the main language of Samoa is Samoan, they utilize English in communicating too. The economy of traditional Samoa mainly depends on agriculture and fishing at the local level and at present, Samoa is dependent on development aids, agri exports and foreign remittances.
Samoa is known for it’s lush and natural landscapes and pristine beaches so nature and beach lovers will be very happy here!
Samoa is arguably one of those “forgotten” countries which never fail to make a huge impact on anyone lucky enough to travel beyond the better known destinations.
It’s not generally known that Samoa is in fact the Heart of Polynesia, and is very rich in its Pacific culture. Land and seascapes are absolutely stunning and diverse, ranging from true rainforests to some of the most beautiful beaches on Planet Earth.
Spread over primarily 2 islands i.e. Upolu (on which the capital Apia is located), and Savaii which is larger but less populated. Black lava stone from the non-active volcanoes can be seen in many places. Quality sealed roads connect the many villages and natural sites around the main islands.
Location of Volunteer Programs
Apia, with a population of approx 40,000 is the capital city of Samoa, and the location of the volunteer guest house and projects. Apia is also a popular fishing destination and visit to the fish market in Apia in the early morning will surely give you a unique experience! There are also many restaurants in Apia for seafood lovers…
Accommodation and Meals are included for the duration of your volunteer program. 3 meals a day on weekdays and 2 meals a day on weekends will be provided for the duration of your placement. Enjoy living like a Samoan local. You’ll share a room with up to 4 to 6 volunteers in a large western style home located in a safe and comfortable residential area with all modern amenities. The accommodation has a nice garden with all kinds of fruit trees which is nice to enjoy socializing with your new friends. WIFI is included free of charge in public areas. Laundry facilities are located nearby for a small fee. The rooms are lockable but there is no safety deposit boxes. Bed linen, mosquito protection and fans are also included but there is no air-con and volunteers are expected to bring their own towel.
Food plays a vital role in Samoan culture bringing people together. Fish is a main part of the delicious Samoan dishes while tropical fruits and vegetables also are abundant in Samoa. Some of the must try food in Samoa would be oka which is raw fish in coconut milk and palusami which are young taro leaves baked with coconut cream.
Meals are served at the volunteer house or project site depending on the project. Bottled water is readily available in Samoa and volunteers should budget approximately US$2 per day. There is also filtered water available at the volunteer house.
24/7 Program Support
We have a dedicated and experienced team on the ground who are there to ensure you are having an experience of a lifetime. Throughout your placement, you will have support and guidance from dedicated staff who care for your well being. They will provide you with competent assistance and in depth local knowledge. We will also provide you with a 24 hour emergency telephone number so that you can always reach a member of our ground operator team in the event of an emergency.
A 1 week cultural orientation will familiarize yourself with the Samoan culture and way of life to provide the right input for your volunteering experience. Click the project below for further information on the weekly program.
An arrival airport transfer is included for pick-ups on Sundays only. If arriving on other days, you’ll need to make your own way to the placement or alternatively we can arrange a transfer at reasonable cost for you in advance. Just ask us! The daily transportation to/from the project site is also included.
Requirements & Expectations
You are welcome to come with a group, with a friend, with family or own your own. If you are coming on your own don’t worry you will meet plenty of like minded volunteers. Generally, volunteers must be 18 years of age, however we can cater to as young as 16 years old depending on the application There is no upper age limit.
Our programs are designed for proactive individuals with a mindset of supporting the less fortunate. The more you put in, the more you will get out. A high degree of patience and understanding is also necessary as it’s likely that conditions will be very different to your home country.
It is important for the volunteers to realise that due to the nature of the Samoan culture (and developing country), things change very quickly and without much notice. Because of this it is very important for volunteers to be flexible and adaptable to their schedule.
Weekends & Extra Tours
Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency.
There are many places of interest, including “sinkholes”, Blow holes”, waterfalls, forests, museums, fabulous beaches. Weekends may be used to explore the natural beauty of Samoa, whilst staying overnight at one of the beautiful Beach Fales (open house, watch the stars), or a beach or tree house resort. Details available at the our travel desk, and on our notice board.
School Terms & Holidays
Holidays 22/04/2017 – 07/05/2017 (2 weeks)Term 2 08/05/2017 – 11/08/2017 (14 weeks)
Holidays 12/08/2017 – 27/08/2017 (2 weeks)Term 3 28/08/2017 – 24/11/2017 (14 weeks)
Holidays 25/11/2017 – 15/01/2018 (7 weeks)
Other Key Dates include
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Volunteer in Samoa Program Fees
- Arrival airport transfer
- 3 meals p/day
- Accommodation (Volunteer Centre – Dorm style)
- Training & Supervision as required
- Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
- 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
- Certificate of Completion
- Comprehensive project guide
- Discounted travel deals & flight layby options!
What’s Not Included
- Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
- Airfares & Visa fees
- Tours, Souvenirs, Spending Money