Volunteer as a teacher in Samoa and help to support the educational development of children. You’ll work in primary schools or special needs schools. This is a great opportunity for you to gain practical classroom experience, which will help build your CV.
Many schools in Samoa have large classroom sizes. You’ll also act as an extra pair of hands for local teachers, which allows them to spend more time with children who need extra support. You will also work to improve students’ conversational English abilities, as well as their reading skills.
During your time in Samoa, you will live and work in the town of Apia. Living with a host family is a wonderful way to learn about the local culture. There is also plenty to see and explore, from stunning island scenery to cultural and historical sites!
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.
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Samoa > Teaching
Completely flexible dates
Apia (Read More)
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Anyone aged 16 or over 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
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
A cultural awareness course
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
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
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is volunteer teaching in Samoa right for me?
Are you passionate about working with children? Enjoy being proactive and taking the initiative? Then volunteering as a teacher in Samoa is a good fit for you.
On this placement, you’ll gain practical teaching work experience in Samoa. This is a great boost for your CV if you’re considering a career in this field. You’ll learn from local teaching professionals, and develop your own planning and teamwork skills. Sometimes you will assist the local teacher, and other times you’ll lead the class yourself.
You can still join us even if you don’t have any previous teaching experience. This is because you will receive a thorough project induction and have a supervisor guide you throughout your placement. We also run regular teaching workshops. During workshops, you can get advice, troubleshoot issues, and share experiences with staff and other volunteers.
You can join us from four weeks onwards. The longer you stay, the greater your impact! Our start and end dates are flexible, and the project runs throughout the year. During the holidays, more informal school sessions are organised instead.
What will I do on this project?
There are so many different ways to get involved when you volunteer as a teacher in Samoa. Some of your tasks include:
- Work with students to improve their English abilities
- Provide extra classroom support for teachers and students
- Get involved teaching other subjects such as music or sports
Your work will focus on the follow main areas:
Work with students to improve their English abilities
There is a strong emphasis on English in Samoa, as it is one of the country’s two official languages. All subjects are taught in English from mid-primary school onwards.
You’ll help to improve students’ abilities by running reading sessions with small group. Or you can work on conversational English skills through fun activities, songs and games.
Provide extra classroom support for teachers and students
Classroom sizes tend to be quite large in some Samoan schools. You’ll act as an extra pair of hands for the local teachers, giving them the chance to spend more time with students who require more attention. By splitting the classroom into smaller groups, students will receive the guidance that they need.
Get involved teaching other subjects such as music or sports
There is also room for you to help teach other subjects on the curriculum. These subjects include:
Let us know if you have a special interest in one of these areas when you apply. We’ll do our best to match you with a school where your skills can be utilised.
Where in Samoa will I work?
While volunteering as a teacher in Samoa, you’ll be based in the town of Apia. It’s situated on the central north coast of Upolu, Samoa’s second largest island. The town has a laid-back feel, and it is easy to explore on foot. Apia has all the modern amenities you might need, and there are incredible dive spots and beaches just five minutes away.
You’ll be working in primary, secondary and special needs schools in and around Apia. These schools often have large class sizes and limited resources.
A typical day volunteering as a teacher in Samoa
After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the home of your host family, you’ll either catch a bus or walk to work. On your first day, a Projects Abroad staff member will accompany you to show you the way.
A typical day on the Teaching Project in Samoa begins at 8.30am and ends between 1.30pm and 4pm, depending on the grade. You can choose to work at a local primary school or special-needs school.
Your tasks will vary according to which placement you choose. In general, you will spend time either teaching the class yourself or assisting the local teacher. You might find yourself conducting reading sessions, or organising fun games that help to improve children’s conversational English skills.
There is also room to get involved teaching other subjects, so you could end up organising sports sessions or art classes.
Once you’re done for the day, it’s time to make the most of your time in this beautiful country. Spend time getting to know your host family over a delicious dinner, or visit tourist hotspots with your fellow volunteers. We encourage you to also join us on one of our regular volunteer socials.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The main aim of this project is to improve the English abilities of local students, and support the work of local teachers.
English is one of Samoa’s two official languages, and it is a major educational goal to ensure Samoan students are bilingual. All lessons are taught in English from midway through primary school.
Due to a lack of resources, many schools have large numbers of students in each class. This makes it tricky for teachers to provide students with the individual attention they need to thrive.
You’ll focus on improving students’ conversational English and reading abilities. You’ll also assist by devising creative methods for developing their skills and confidence. This in turn will improve the overall level of educational support in the classroom.
Our long-term educational goals in Samoa are to:
- Increase literacy
- Improve support for those with learning disabilities
- Improve English levels
- Improve classroom support
- Encourage learning through creativity
Join us in Samoa and support the educational development of children in disadvantaged communities.
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.
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