Public Health, Nutrition & Dietetics Samoa

Volunteer Samoa

Use your medical or nutritional background to help combat malnutrition and public health issues in Samoa. Visit off the beaten path villages which have very limited access to healthcare and nutritional education. With guidance from our in country qualified practitioners, you'll gain experience in your chosen field while experiencing the unique culture of Samoa while you travel with purpose. An excellent addition to any C.V. Applications open now. Apply today

Nutrition & Public Health Volunteer Samoa

Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Support of a qualified in-country practitioner supervisor / coordinator
  • Support of a team (normally 4 to 8 volunteers per intake)
  • Arrival airport transfers
  • 1 day induction & cultural orientation to volunteer samoa
  • All ground transportation including island ferries (where applicable)
  • Accommodation – Home stays & resort rooms (sharing with other volunteers)
  • 3 quality meals per day (We cater to healthy diets!)
  • Project equipment and materials (eg. safety lancets, gloves, blood testing kits, pamphlets)
  • Kava donations for traditional village greetings (Offerings to village chief’s)
  • 24/7 in-country support & emergency assistance
  • Training & guidance from qualified local staff
  • Certificate of Completion

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

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About Samoa

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 Program

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…

Background Information

The Pacific Island countries, including Samoa have some of the highest rates of diabetes in the entire world.   Results from health surveys indicate diabetes rates as high as 47% in certain communities, but on average between 15 – 25% of the population.   Some pacific island countries have the highest death rate from diabetes in the world.   With neighboring Australia at approx 5%, there is a significant need for nutritional education and healthcare support in Samoa.  

Obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are placing a huge social, economical and emotional load on the people of Vanuatu.   

IVI’s nutrition and public health outreach cater to students and graduates in the field of nutrition, dietetics, holistic healthcare, nursing, physiotherapy & medicine.   As a volunteer in Samoa, you’ll participate in an outreach program designed to provide free healthcare education for communities which generally lack access to healthcare services. 

Public Health & Nutrition Volunteer Samoa Program

Current Intake start dates:
24MAR19  – OPEN

 

Supervised and working alongside a qualified practitioner, the aim of the outreach project is health promotion & free assessments in villages, corporate businesses, schools & community centers to increase the knowledge about nutrition and the effect of physical activity in the prevention of obesity and development of NCD’s.

In teams of 4 to 8, you will perform health checks adding to the data captured from previous intakes and provide encouragement to reach health goals.   You may also be involved in preparing educational talks on various topics such as the dangers of sugar and other disease causing issues.  You may have the opportunity to conduct health screenings like blood pressure checks, blood glucose level tests and waist to hip ratios measurement. 

With support and assistance from the program coordinators, you will be assigned specific health cases and may be involved with but not limited to:

– Conducting individual and group consultations
– Remote island healthcare education

– Corporate health
– Children’s health & education
– Identifying protein deficiency among school kids
– Assisting in the prescription of natural protocols
– Providing educational assistance and local talks (if desired)
– Helping build nutrition and diabetes awareness campaigns
– Designing fitness and exercise programs
– Village exercise programs
– General healthy living programs.

Volunteers may also take part in presentations on exercise and living an active lifestyle, with topics such as healthy eating, sexual health and physical activity for school children.

Who Can Participate in the Outreach Program

Students studying in the discipline of health science, physiotherapy & related fields and qualified nurses, therapists, nutritionists, naturopaths, dietitians & allied health professionals.   A qualified practitioner will be available to support and guide you during the program.  Volunteers without qualifications in this field are still encouraged to apply and depending on your desire and experience, you may be accepted into the program.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be in resort rooms and local home stays.   We work with the major hotel chains who have a vested interest in ensuring their staff receive healthcare and in return you receive very comfortable resort style accommodation at a fraction of the regular price!   Above program fee includes everything!   In addition, you’ll be staying in local home stays with your volunteer companions.   This is a great way to experience the true local culture, with comfortable western style rooms and clean facilities.   

Volunteers will generally share a bedroom with up to 2-3 persons per room (single gender rooms).   There is generally WiFi included in public areas, laundry facilities (at small additional fee), lockable rooms, hot showers, bed linen, mosquito protection and fans included.   Volunteers are requested to bring their own towel.    Living with other volunteers is heaps of fun and a great way to meet like minded travelers.  

Meals

3 quality meals per day are included for the duration of the program.   We can cater to healthy diets too! 🙂  Meals will be authentic to South Pacific style mainly consisting of coconut based curries, dahl, fish, rice and fresh fruits

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.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.  A standard tourist visa applies for most countries and allows you 30 days in the country.   This can be provided upon arrival into Samoa.