Volunteer as a physical education teacher at a school in Samoa and work with children to develop their fitness. You’ll support the work of local teachers, and gain practical coaching experience. This could help your future career.
In Samoa, non-communicable diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure are on the rise. These diseases are often caused by unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise. In addition, schools have limited resources and equipment, and there often are no dedicated physical education teachers.
This is why we need volunteers like you to coach sports in schools. You’ll encourage children to develop their fitness and have fun exercising. You’ll also raise awareness about the importance of eating healthy food.
You’ll be based in Apia, the biggest city in Samoa, and live with a local host family. During your free time, you can explore beautiful tropical beaches, go snorkelling, and more.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
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
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
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
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized 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
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on the School Sports Project in Samoa?
In Samoa, your main role will be to teach physical education classes. The activities you’ll take part in include:
- Develop the sporting skills of school children during their physical education classes
- Promote physical exercise and healthy lifestyles to children at a local school
- Teach English to local Samoan children to assist them in pursuing desired careers
Develop children’s skills during physical education classes
You’ll work at local primary or secondary schools as a physical education teacher. You’ll work with different age groups, and teach sports like:
You’ll work on developing their skills in these sports. You can also speak to our staff about introducing other sports.
Promote physical exercise and healthy lifestyles to children at a local school
In Samoa, non-communicable diseases like diabetes are on the rise. This is caused by unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise. As a sports coach in schools, you’ll help raise awareness about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
You’ll do this by demonstrating exercise techniques that children can do at schools and at home. You’ll also share knowledge about healthy foods to eat.
Teach English to local Samoan children to assist them in pursuing desired careers
You could also be asked to further develop the English skills of the children you teach. Many of the children only have a basic understanding of the language, and it’s an important skill to have in Samoa. During your physical education classes, you can encourage the children to practice speaking English with you.
This is important, as the children need more opportunities to practice and raise their confidence.
Where will I work in Samoa?
You’ll live and work in Apia, the capital and biggest city in the Samoan islands. Apia is located on the central north coast of Upolu, the second largest island of the country.
You will work at either a primary or secondary school that is located in or near to Apia. Many schools in Samoa have limited resources like sporting facilities, equipment, and they are often understaffed.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
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.
The students seemed to appreciate the lessons more than the children in Australia, as it’s not something they do often.
Volunteer as a School Sports Coach in Samoa
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