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!
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
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
A free 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)
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.
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.
Meet the team in Samoa
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