Team up with a group of volunteers your age and take part in community volunteer work in Samoa for teenagers. On this project, you’ll have the chance to really immerse yourself in traditional village life on a tropical island. You’ll also take part in work that benefits the local community.
In Samoa, you’ll team up to help run literacy programmes for children during their school holidays. These programmes take place in local libraries. The libraries are in a state of disrepair, so your group will do some basic renovation work. It’s great way for you to add experience to your CV and develop your teamwork and leadership skills.
You’ll live and work with your group in two different villages. When you’re not working, we’ve organised plenty to keep you busy. Our friendly local staff will be there to supervise and support you at all times, and make sure you enjoy exploring Samoa with new friends!
When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 021 234 8002 to see if we can offer a discount.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
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
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 personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised 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
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this community volunteering project for teenagers in Samoa?
Your main role will be to work with your group to support children at a care centre or school. You’ll also get involved with light renovation work. You’ll get involved with activities such as:
- Supporting the work of local teachers in the classroom
- Taking part in other initiatives that benefit the local community
- Experiencing the local culture with teenagers your age
Your work will focus on the following main areas:
Supporting the work of local teachers in the classroom
You’ll be a source of extra support for local teachers, ensuring they can spend time giving students the attention that they need. Organising fun, creative activities is a great way to keep the children occupied while helping them learn through play. These include songs, games and arts and crafts sessions.
Taking part in other initiatives that benefit the local community
You’ll also take part in work outside of the classroom. As a group, you’ll get involved in ongoing community projects, from maintaining community buildings to helping with local sustainability initiatives. This is a great way to ensure you make an impact that lasts long after you leave the island.
Explore Samoa with teenagers your age
It’s not all work and no play on this trip! We organise regular social activities, so that you can learn about the local culture while having fun and seeing the sites. There is also an exciting weekend trip to Manono Island to look forward to. Our staff will be there to supervise you at all times.
Where in Samoa will I work?
While volunteering with children in Samoa you’ll be based in the town of Apia, the capital of Samoa. However, you might also travel to schools and community centres in nearby villages. These schools and community centres are often overcrowded or have very basic resources.
During your weekend trip and regular social activities, you’ll get to go sightseeing and enjoy Samoa’s famously beautiful coastlines. All your work, social events, and the weekend trip will be supervised by local staff at all times.
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
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Meet the team in Samoa
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