Volunteer in Samoa with Projects Abroad

Location: Samoa: Apia

Term: May Term, Throughout the year, Academic Year, Trimester, Winter, Summer, Spring, Fall

Program Duration: 1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 3-6 Months, 5-8 Weeks, 7-12 Months, 9-12 Weeks, Summer, 1-2 Years

Dates: Year Round


Projects Abroad Inc 600 B Street Suite 300 San Diego, CA 92101 United States

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Phone: 1-212-244-7234

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Join Projects Abroad on a volunteer project in the South Pacific islands of Samoa. Volunteering in Samoa will allow you to gain a different perspective of the islands, compared to most people who visit as tourists staying in the lavish beach resorts. Projects are available for anyone interested in volunteering, including those taking a gap year, career break, summer abroad, or volunteer vacation.

Projects Abroad Samoa is based in the laid-back capital, Apia. The city is the largest in the Samoan islands and is located on the central north coast of Upolu, Samoa’s second largest island. However, Apia retains a small town feel – it’s easy to explore its few main streets along the bay on foot.

The Teaching, Care, Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Journalism, Sports, Medicine & Healthcare and Culture & Community projects are all located in and around Apia. Most visitors to Samoa are unaware that it is on the UN’s least developed countries list and it is the poorer areas of cities like Apia that are most in need of volunteer help.

You will live with a local host family who will introduce you to the Samoan culture and provide you with the very best that Samoan hospitality has to offer.


Samoa is located in the Pacific Ocean, south of the equator, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.

The traditional Samoan way, known as “fa’a Samoa” remains a strong force in all aspects of Samoan life. Despite centuries of European influence, Samoa maintains its language, historical customs, and social and political systems. As a volunteer living in Samoa you will have the chance to explore the many facets that make up modern Samoan culture and gain a greater understanding of the issues affecting Samoa today.

This may involve joining the locals for a game of kirikiti, the local version of cricket, or visiting one of the many festivals celebrating everything from fire dancing to traditional Samoan tattoos.

Volunteers in Samoa are spoiled for choice in terms of travel opportunities, both at the weekends or after finishing your volunteering project. Idyllic beaches with diving, snorkeling, and blue holes to explore are within a five minute walk from Apia. Also close by are more beaches for swimming, surfing, or fishing, like the stunning Lalomanu beach. The center of Upolu Island has rainforests where you can trek through the jungle to welcoming waterfalls - some complete with natural rock slides perfect for a cooling swim or picnic.

Although you could easily spend weeks just exploring Upolu Island, there are nine more main islands within the Samoan archipelago. Manono Island and Savaii are both easily accessible by boat and ferry, and smaller boats will take you on to the quieter outlying islands.

As a Projects Abroad volunteer, you will have the opportunity to enjoy everything Samoa has to offer, while taking part in a sustainable and worthwhile project.

Travel Types
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Homestay
  • Student Tours
  • Sports
  • Tourism
  • Theater, Drama, & Dance
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social Sciences
  • Music
  • Linguistics
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Relations
  • Humanities
  • Education
  • Art & Fine Arts
Type of Programs
  • Experiential Learning
  • Language Immersion
  • Community Service & Volunteering
  • Outdoor Education
  • Student Exchange

  • English

Cost in US$:

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Cost Include Description:

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Music
  • Youth Development
  • Youth
  • Translation
  • Tourism
  • Teaching
  • Sports
  • Social Work
  • Orphans
  • English Teaching
  • Education
  • Culture
  • Counseling
  • Community Development
  • Community Centers
  • Childcare & Children
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Arts
  • Anthropology
This Program is open to

Asian, Worldwide, Kiwi, South African, American, European, Canadian, Australian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Samoa

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Letters of Reference
  • Written Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
10 days
Post Services Include
  • Job and Internship Network
  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded