At a glance
- Help to support the educational development of children in primary schools or special needs schools.
- You’ll act as an extra pair of hands for local teachers, which allows them to spend more time with children who need extra support.
- Work to improve students’ conversational English abilities, as well as their reading skills.
16 or over
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.
Leisure activities and free time
There’s plenty to do during your free time while volunteering on the tropical islands of Samoa. Whether you’re a beach lover, a nature enthusiast, or a culture buff, there’s sure to be something for you!
Our projects are based in Samoa’s capital, Apia. This city has plenty to do nearby so you don’t have to go far to get the most out of volunteering abroad. There are a number of museums and art galleries in Apia. You can wander through their halls on free afternoons and take in the splendour of local artworks and rich national history.
With white-sand beaches, the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, and the Piula Cave Pool, there are many different ways to appreciate nature and marine life. You can go snorkelling through rainbow-coloured reefs or just relax on the beach in the warm sun.
You’ll likely have many other volunteers in-country with you during your project. This means you can explore independently or in a group. Travelling between the different islands together is a great way to bond and connect with other volunteers.
Meet the team in Samoa
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