Being a country still in development, Samoa offers a wide range of programmes to international volunteers. Although the literacy rate in Samoa is higher than in other island nations in the South Pacific Ocean, the overwhelming majority of programmes revolve around education. Volunteer teachers are in high demand. Other community focused projects focus on constructions and economical development. Construction projects in particular have been extremely beneficial, especially considering the devastating tsunami that hit Samoa in 2009. The tourism and agricultural sectors could also benefit from the aid provided by volunteers, so there are plenty of options to choose from.
Samoa offers volunteering programmes to those interested in helping the environment as well. The Pacific coastline is extremely susceptible to climate changes and volunteers that help with clean-ups and mangrove plantations are greatly appreciated.
Programme lengths vary quite a lot and they can last up to 2 years. Although English is an official language, Samoan is far more widely spoken. Because of this, with longer term projects, it would be best to acquire the local language. Volunteering agencies usually help by arranging classes. In addition, your fee will also cover accommodation, meals, and internet access. Visas, health insurance, and airplane fares are usually up to you.
The best thing about volunteering in Samoa is that you will be immersed in a rich, fascinating, and unique culture. In addition, the islands provide numerous fun activities, such as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, or simply sunbathing on the magnificent Pacific coast.