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Volunteer in and Intern in Samoa

  • Location: Apia
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Local languages: Samoan & English
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A Projects Abroad volunteer project in the South Pacific islands of Samoa will give you a 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 taking a gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation.

Volunteers use their leisure time to explore the rainforest in Samoa

Samoa is located in the Pacific Ocean, south of the equator, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. The country is on the UN’s least developed countries list and its low GDP means that it relies heavily on international aid from many countries. You will find that resources and facilities are much more basic than what you are used to in North America.

Samoa is still recovering from the effects of the devastating tsunami which struck in 2009, and the process of rebuilding and reconstructing infrastructure is ongoing. There is also a great deal of poverty in Samoa, but because of the support of village culture, it is not as overt as what you might see in Southeast Asia. As a volunteer, you can help improve the quality of life for many Samoans by taking part in one of the worthwhile volunteer projects.

Where You Will Live in Samoa with Projects Abroad

Sunset and trees in Samoa.

Projects Abroad Samoa is based in the 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. We work in some of the poorest areas of Apia, where volunteer efforts are needed the most. All Projects Abroad volunteers live with a local host family during their stay. Your host family will introduces you to the Samoan culture and provide you with support in your day-to-day life.

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, and 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.

You could find yourself 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 Sightseeing Opportunities in Samoa

A view of a beach at the volunteer destination in Apia, Samoa

Volunteers in Samoa have immense choice in terms of travel opportunities, both on the weekends or after finishing your volunteering project. Idyllic beaches with diving, snorkeling, and blue holes to explore are within a five minute walk from Apia. Also close by are more beaches for swimming, surfing, or fishing, like the stunning Lalomanu beach. The center of Upolu Island has rainforests where you can trek through the jungle to spectacular 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.

As a Projects Abroad volunteer, you will have the opportunity to enjoy everything Samoa has to offer, while taking part in a sustainable and worthwhile project.

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Most recent blogs from Samoa

One small step//Der erste Schritt

English It's official - I really am going to go to Samoa in November. My official email arrived today! What started out as a late-night mad internet-researching idea has now become a little bit more real. For 6 weeks, I will be going to Samoa to work as a physiotherapist! When my graduation was looming, ...

She is just some wild thing

My life had to fall apart for me to put myself back together. Many people have told me that I did the best thing for myself coming here and now that I am here, I can see that they are so right.I saw a sign on Sunday in a shop that read 'visit heaven on earth' with Samoa printed in bright letters underneath. ...


Savai'i has easily ousted Vernazza as one of my favourite places. The beauty of this island is absolutely stunning. It is the bigger of the two main Samoan islands and it remains relatively untouched.I have never seen water so many different shades of blue. It is very hard to explain but I feel a sense ...

I've got a bad case of gypsy feet

I have arrived safely in Samoa. It is warm and humid, like constantly being in a steam room. But it's beautiful and lush. Compared to Canada which is white/grey and dead. It's quite funny to me trying to explain how cold it is in Canada, the Samoans I've talked look at me incredulously, like something ...


The day I thought would never come is finally here. Today I leave my snowy homeland of Canada for the beaches of Samoa. It's all very surreal. I am sitting in the airport experiencing Resfeber, the restless race of a traveller's heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are mixed ...

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