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Volunteer Community Village Projects in Samoa

  • Placement locations: Various villages on Upolu Island
  • Role: Assisting with school activities and on-going community projects
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • What’s included? Food, accommodation, airport transfers, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Samoa Community Village

The Community Village project in Samoa gives volunteers the chance to fully immerse themselves in traditional Samoan village life and learn about their fascinating culture.

Depending on your skills and interests, as a volunteer you will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of activities that will benefit the local community.

Samoans are always eager to learn and as a volunteer you have the chance to exchange ideas and stories. Using your skills and knowledge, you will teach at the local school in the morning and do other activities later in the day. The school is the hub of the community and working at the school will mean you will be a part of the village life from the grass roots up. You will learn to sing like a Samoan, dance like a Samoan and speak like a Samoan!

Other activities that volunteers may assist with later in the day include a drama group, gardening, exercise classes and reading classes for children and adults. Volunteers are also able to create specific workshops that can benefit the community, for example, vegetable growing, sustainability schemes or healthy eating and living programmes.

Volunteering on the Community Village project

Living in the village you will become part of the community and will get to learn and understand the way Samoans live. Living with your host family will automatically allow you to experience the Samoan way of life, from eating and cooking their food, to going to church, to understanding the village chief system. Samoans are famous for their hospitality and you will quickly become part of the family.

All villages are on the main island of Upolu, and will be no more than one hour drive from the capital Apia.

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