Volunteer Rugby Projects in Samoa
- Placement location: Apia
- Role: To help train local rugby players at the Samoa Rugby Union, as well as teach them basic English
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on the Rugby Project in Samoa with Projects Abroad is an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to gain and improve their coaching skills in the sport. Rugby is the sport that Samoa is most famous for and their national team is hugely successful, regularly playing in most major global tournaments.
As a volunteer on this project, you will work at the Samoa Rugby Union. The union was formed in 1924 and joined the International Rugby Board in 1988; it is also a member of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union (FORU). The Rugby Union has focused on instigating community initiatives at grassroots level, as well as developing talent in the High Performance Unit (HPU): a dedicated programme that provides a unique environment for players, coaches and referees to reach their full potential.
Volunteering on the Rugby Project in Samoa with Projects Abroad
Volunteers will accompany Rugby Union staff on their community outreach programme, Pacific in Union (PIU). The PIU visits schools in the area to coach children in rugby and physical education, as well as teach them about healthy living. Volunteers with more experience may also be able to work with the players in the High Performance Unit.
You could also be asked to teach basic English classes to the players. This is important, as many of them have only a basic command of the language and will need to improve their language skills if they hope to become professional players one day.
Whether you are teaching children new skills and encouraging them to develop their talents, or helping players in the High Performance Unit to improve their game, you will be able to gain meaningful practical experience while making a positive impact on their lives.