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Arrival Procedure in Samoa

Arrival Procedures
  • Arrival Airport: Faleolo International Airport (APW)

A picture of a beautiful sunset and trees in Samoa

Faleolo Airport in Apia is a 40 minute drive from the town center. Most flights arrive early in the morning. When you arrive at the airport, a Projects Abroad Samoa staff member will be there to meet you. You will travel together by taxi into town, along the coast and past villages with a backdrop of tropical forests and mountains.

Your first stop after the airport is your host family’s home where you can relax and unpack before being picked up again to complete your induction in the Projects Abroad office and around your local area (a time will be confirmed once you arrive with the local staff). Our host families are Native Samoans and all speak English.

Induction and Orientation

Volunteers travel on local buses in Samoa

Depending on the time of your flight, you will either have your induction in the afternoon of your arrival day or the following day. You will be picked up from your host family and taken for an orientation around town. You will be shown how to reach our office by public transport and there you will be introduced to the other staff. You will be shown the handbook and any necessary safety and security measures will be explained.

You will then be shown around town including different landmarks and amenities such as the post office, banks, and a place to change currency. You can also buy a local SIM card.

After the tour we’ll take you back to your new home to rest and settle in. The next morning, you will be picked up from your host family and shown how to get to your placement. Most placements are conveniently located within a short bus ride from your host family. Our staff will make sure that you are happy with this journey before you do it alone.

If you are volunteering on a Standard Project, all necessary work-related transportation costs will be covered by Projects Abroad. When you arrive at your placement, you will be introduced to the supervisor who will explain your role and what you will be doing during your time.

During your first few days you will also have the opportunity to meet the other volunteers who will be eager to meet you.

The Projects Abroad office is easily accessible by bus and some host families are even within walking distance. The office has an area where volunteers can use Wi-Fi and can come to use the teaching and care resources we have available.

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