The Project

Paul VI College is named after the first Pope to visit Samoa during his trip to Australia and the Pacific in 1970. The only rural Catholic secondary school on the main island of Upolu, Paul VI College offers a Catholic education to local families without the cost of having to travel to and from Apia, the capital of Samoa. Since 1992, the college has been co-educational.

Note: Living allowances, accommodation and other expenses are paid to qualified and experienced Australians who share their skills for at least 2 years in a community abroad.

The Location

Leulumoega Tuai is a village situated on the northwest coast of Upolu island in Samoa. Leulumoega is the traditional center of the A’ana district, with a population of 1,290 (2006 Census). The village is governed by 9 leading chiefs (matai) known as the Toaiva.

The Challenge

Young men and women have the opportunity to access a Catholic secondary education with subjects such as English, Geography, History, Science, Biology and Chemistry with the assistance of Palms volunteer teachers in subject areas where Samoa is experiencing significant teacher shortages.

During the Samoan Annual Teachers Conference in January 2017, one of the Principals highlighted that “…one of the biggest struggles we have is the lack of teachers”. The Samoan government has prioritized education and teacher training in its national strategic direction with the aim to improve access and quality of education.

The provision and training of good teachers, especially in mathematics, science, agricultural science, arts and vocational subjects, remains a vital issue to meet the approved teacher/student ratios of 1:30 (primary level) and 1:20 (secondary level).

About You

Palms Australia is hoping to recruit English, Humanities and Science teachers for Paul VI College to assist with the education of secondary school students in rural Samoa.

How You Will Help

  • Increasing educational opportunity and access for rural students
  • Providing educational /subject choices for students where there are no local teachers.
  • Enabling rural students to participate more equitably in the National Examinations
  • Providing support through informal mentoring of local teachers

Whist the volunteers will be responding to a national teacher shortage, it will provide time for the Samoan government to train and build the capacity of additional teachers and provide incentives for qualified teachers to remain in the education sector.

The Palms volunteers will also provide support for local teachers and assist to achieve the government objective of additional training for currently employed teachers. They will contribute to the overall skill development of local teachers as well as enable students through increased subject choices achieve their own educational outcomes.

Apply now to start Term 1, 2019.

Think you have what it takes? Register your interest

* Successful applicants must be available to attend an orientation course in Sydney. Palms Australia will not fund international flights and will not sponsor visas to attend this course. Read our FAQ for more.