Due to its remote location and sometimes harsh weather, American Samoa greatly appreciates the aid provided by international volunteers. There are numerous volunteering opportunities in American Samoa for any foreigner wishing to lend a helping hand. Programmes can vary in length, from one week to two years, depending on the type of project and the agency that is offering it.
The most popular programmes revolve around teaching subjects such as English, science, or math in American Samoan schools. Volunteers can choose between elementary schools or high schools. A TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate is not required, as English is already an official language in American Samoa. However, a Bachelor’s Degree will be more than likely required. You can also contact the local Department of Education to inquire about the possibility of teaching other subjects.
An interesting volunteering opportunity in American Samoa is represented by the National Marine Sanctuary. Interested foreigners can sign up to get trained as naturalists, clean the coastlines, preserve marine life, educate the public on the importance of protecting wildlife, or take an administration job. Other volunteering opportunities in American Samoa are represented by construction projects or community development programmes.
Accommodation for volunteers is usually provided by local families. Volunteers will either receive a room in the house of the host family, or a separate house on the family’s communal land. Sometimes, volunteers are grouped together. Apart from lodging, the volunteering fee requested by your agency will also cover meals and, in some cases, a monthly stipend.