Where do we work?: Samoa

samoa

Population: 192,749

Area: 2,831 sq. km.

Median Age: 20.8

Literacy: 99.7 %

Languages: Samoan, English

Located about half way between Hawai’i and New Zealand lies the island nation of Samoa. Formerly known as Western Samoa, it consists of two large islands, Savai’i and Upolo, and several small islets. The Samoan people are predominantly Polynesian and comprise the second largest Polynesian population in the world, after the New Zealand Ma’ori.

Agriculture is Samoa’s primary industry, with much of the Samoan economy depending on remittances from overseas relatives and international development assistance. Tourism is a growing industry for Samoa, although there are some concerns about the potential negative social and environmental effects.

While literacy levels are high, employment opportunities are limited for many Samoans. The Samoan government describes a “poverty of opportunity” which exists for many Samoans. The country’s dependence on remittances and tourism has meant it has been significantly affected by the global financial crisis.

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Below are some profiles of volunteers currently working in Samoa.

Sue Ryan

Sue Ryan

Sue Ryan in her latest Palms placement at Don Bosco Technical Centre, Samoa


Helena Profile

Helena Charlesworth

Don Bosco Technical Centre Alafua, Samoa A Salesians’ outreach program, Don Bosco College and Vocational Technical Centre in Alafua, Samoa, provides vocational training courses particularly to young men who have struggled with mainstream education. The training is combined with academic studies and social, spiritual and cultural awareness. With increased skills, opportunity and a positive outlook, […]


Sue moves to Samoa

January 31, 2017

Sue Ryan

Sue Ryan in her latest Palms placement at Don Bosco Technical Centre, Samoa


Helena now in Samoa

Helena Profile

Don Bosco Technical Centre Alafua, Samoa A Salesians’ outreach program, Don Bosco College and Vocational Technical Centre in Alafua, Samoa, provides vocational training courses particularly to young men who have struggled with mainstream education. The training is combined with academic studies and social, spiritual and cultural awareness. With increased skills, opportunity and a positive outlook, […]


Talofa Lava, by Richard Harris

April 28, 2015

Don Bosco Marching in American Samoa crop

With 2 months down, volunteer electrician Richard Harris settles into Samoan life, finding healthy challenges to our own perceptions- Talofa Lava Greetings from Samoa. I have been at Don Bosco Technical Centre (DBTC), Alafua, Samoa since 29th January 2015 as a volunteer teaching the electrical trade. DBTC is run by The Salesians of Australia, a […]


Trades and Vocational Training

April 14, 2015

Samoa has made much progress toward achieving the Millenium Development Goals, including the provision of Universal Primary Education, as indicated by impressively high enrollment levels for a Pacific island nation. Drop-out rates however are also high with very few students completing secondary education or going on to further study. Almost 27% of Samoans live below […]


Teaching and Education Staff

Samoa has made much progress toward achieving the Millenium Development Goals, including the provision of Universal Primary Education, as indicated by impressively high enrolment levels for a Pacific island nation. Drop-out rates however are also high with very few students completing secondary education or going on to further study. Almost 27% of Samoans live below […]


Richard’s Arrival

February 17, 2015

Richard

Richard Harris from Salamander Bay NSW shares the slightly daunting experience of first arriving in his placement, where he is volunteering as Electrical Instructor for Don Bosco Technical Centre, Apia, Samoa- I have arrived in Samoa, Thursday 28th January 2015 at 5.15am on pleasant flight direct from Sydney to Faleolo. 5.25 hours air time with friendly, […]


Richard Harris volunteering in Samoa

January 27, 2015

Richard & Tash profile

Richard Harris from Salamanda Bay is volunteering at Don Bosco Technical Centre Samoa


Help us find our next volunteers

November 15, 2012

Communities across Africa, Asia and the Pacific are asking us for volunteers in 2013.

Can you help us by sharing the following requests at work, in your industry or union journal, in your parish newsletter, or through social media?


Below are some of the volunteer positions Palms Australia is seeking to fill in . To find out more about any position or about other opportunities, please enquire about volunteering with Palms Australia.


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