Samoa

Projects Abroad

Last year was the first time I had been overseas by myself before. It was one of the most exciting and scary experiences I have had. Projects Abroad made my time in Samoa so much easier. I had 24/7 support from the friendly staff. It was my first time in Samoa and the team did such a wonderful job at helping me settle in and find my way around a place I now call my second home.

I volunteered in a primary school teaching school sports and it was so rewarding. The children were so appreciative of my efforts and were always so much fun to be around. They would run around, kicking a ball in the dirt and not care how dirty they got. Despite the language barrier, we still managed to communicate the best we could and they seemed to understand the majority of what I was saying, along with some demonstrations. They were bright children and helped make my time teaching so enjoyable.

My host family were the most beautiful family. They welcomed me with open arms and comforted me on my first night when I became overwhelmed.
Every night, rather than watching TV, we would sit outside and play cards (mostly UNO), listen to music and talk and laugh and till it was almost morning. With out my host family, I don't think I would have coped as well as I did.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Samoa
Posted: Sep 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I volunteered as a part of the nutrition team for a full month in Samoa. It was such a great experience. I had been given many tasks to achieve throughout the week and I could add whatever I wanted to do throughout the community. I taught nutrition education in schools, pregnancy centers, nursing homes, and got to come up with the lessons each week with my team. I also did some home nutrition counseling and got to teach Zumba class (which was very fun!!). We were given money to buy whatever supplies we needed to make the lessons great. Projects Abroad wanted to reach as many people and truly make an impact. The staff were so encouraging and helpful throughout the entire experience, even when I was nervous and going out of my comfort zone. They really wanted me to learn as well from this experience which was something that I really wanted.
During the weekends, the volunteers all got together and we would explore the island. The staff were so helpful in giving us ideas of how to get around the island, the best places to go and stay, and how to be safe. Without the staff, the volunteers would have been lost but they were amazing. The home accommodations were different for everyone, but my host family was so nice and made food that I always liked. Overall, my experience was life changing and I would 100% recommend it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Samoa
Posted: Aug 31, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

This summer, I spent 5 weeks volunteering with Projects Abroad in Samoa. I volunteered with Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG). I taught a classroom of 20 children aged 4-11. Having never taught before, I was nervous, but the Projects Abroad staff and the other volunteers provided an enormous amount of support. The Projects Abroad staff provided resources and facilitated conversations with other volunteers in which they shared their experiences and offered ideas. The Projects Abroad staff organized weekly socials in which we experienced Samoa together. These socials consisted of events like preparing an umu (a traditional way of cooking in Samoa), zumba class, and going out to dinner together. My host family was amazing! My host mother also worked with SVSG, and that connection provided another level of familiarity and comfort with the organization. As a vegetarian, I was nervous about being able to eat enough food, but my host mother experimented with her favorite traditional dishes and made vegetarian versions. My host siblings were so welcoming and I enjoyed playing rugby and soccer with them in the yard. The Projects Abroad staff was there for me during my entire experience. On my first day, they showed me around Apia and pointed out the main bus station which I would be using to commute to my placement. The Projects Abroad staff hosted workshops during my time which included a cultural workshop and a goals workshop. It was great to meet other volunteers from around the world and travel with them around Samoa during the weekends. My favorite things to do included hiking Mt. Vaea, snorkeling at Pololo Deep, and exploring the island of Savai'i. I would recommend this experience to anyone looking to volunteer abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Samoa
Posted: Aug 4, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
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