A volunteers takes a picture with children at her placement in Samoa

Community Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Samoa

Team up with people your age and give back while immersing yourself in traditional Samoan village life

At a glance

  • Team up with a group of volunteers your age to help run literacy programmes for children during their school holidays.
  • The libraries are in a state of disrepair, so your group will also do some basic renovation work to improve the children's surroundings.
  • You’ll have the chance to really immerse yourself in traditional village life on a tropical island, with Projects Abroad staff by your side throughout.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates during school holidays

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks


This project is only for 15-18 year olds

Is cultural immersion in Samoa for teenagers right for me?

This project is perfect for teenagers who are looking to take part in cultural exchange projects and help out with initiatives that benefit a local community. It’s a great opportunity to gain experience working with children as well as basic repair know-how. You’ll also be able to add new skills like teamwork and leadership to your CV.   

You don’t need any qualifications or experience to join this cultural immersion project. This trip is specifically designed for teenagers, and Projects Abroad staff are there to support and guide you at all times.

This trip takes place over fixed dates, and you can choose the one that best fits your schedule. You’ll follow a set timetable of tasks. We’ve also organised a number of social and cultural events so you can make the most of your time abroad. The highlight is a weekend sightseeing trip to the stunning Savii island.

As a Projects Abroad volunteer in Samoa you will get to experience much of the island nation's culture

What will I do on this cultural immersion project in Samoa?

As a teenager volunteering in a Samoan village, you’ll work alongside people your age. Together, you’ll learn about the local culture and take part in valuable community work. Here are just some of the things you’ll be doing:


  • Take part in basic renovation work to improve local libraries
  • Help to run a holiday literacy programme for local children
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about their way of life
  • Work alongside other teenagers your age and experience life in Samoa

Take part in basic renovation work to improve local libraries

Many of the local libraries are in a state of disrepair and need a facelift. Under the supervision of local staff, you’ll give them a fresh coat of paint and take part in some basic repair work. This may involve fixing doors, windows or shelves, for example. Working together, you’ll help to create a much-improved reading environment for the community.

Help to run a holiday literacy programme for local children

Your trip coincides with the Samoan school holidays, so you will have the chance to help out with the library reading programme for local children. This is a great way to improve their English literacy skills, while making reading a fun and interactive experience.

Immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about their way of life

A big part of this project is about immersing yourself in traditional village culture and learning about the Samoan way of life. You’ll stay with a local family, enjoy your meals with them and spend time getting to know each other while helping out with daily tasks.

Work alongside other teenagers and experience life in Samoa

You’ll be living and working alongside a group of teenagers from across the world. You’ll get to share in this exciting adventure, taking part in organised social activities and weekend trips. Our friendly local staff will be there to supervise you throughout these events.

Where in Samoa will I be working?


During your time on this cultural immersion project for teenagers in Samoa, you’ll be based in two locations. Your first week will be spent in Fasito'o Tai village on Upolu Island. You’ll spend the second week in the village of Salelologa on Savaii Island.

Fasito'o Tai

Fasito'o Tai is a village located on the northwest coast of Upolu island, Samoa’s second largest island. Here you will live with a friendly host family, and travel to the nearby town of Apia for work on their local library.


Salelologa is a village situated on the eastern side of Savii island, Samoa’s largest island. Here, you’ll stay with a local family in this traditional rural village, and learn all about their way of life. You will enjoy a supervised weekend trip with fellow volunteers and staff around the beautiful island. Savii is home to incredible natural wonders, from palm-fringed beaches to waterfalls, caves and blue holes.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Samoa Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

There are two main aims of this project: to immerse yourself in a different culture and lend a helping hand at local libraries.

At Projects Abroad, we recognise the importance of cultural exchange. By gaining insight into the way people around the world live their lives, we can learn more about ourselves and each other. This in turn fosters greater understanding.

There is also a more tangible community benefit to this project. Many libraries in Samoa are under-resourced, although they are important community institutions. You will help out by taking part in basic painting and repair work. Furthermore, you’ll also help to run a holiday reading programme for local children. This is an excellent way to support their educational development and improve their literacy skills.

Join this Childcare & Pacific Island Village Project designed specifically for teenagers and help to support a local community, while experiencing a more traditional way of life.

A community volunteer for teenagers in Samoa hosts a lesson

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.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Apia. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Samoa and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.

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