About halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, Samoa is made up of ten volcanic islands. Most of the population of only 192,000 live on the two main islands of Upolu and Savai’i.  Samoa was the first Pacific island country to become independent in 1962 and retains strong Polynesian traditions.

Samoa’s economy is driven by the service, tourism and agriculture sectors. One in five Samoans find it difficult to meet their basic needs, with the rural poor and people with disability at higher risk. Low high-school completion rates and the burden of non-communicable diseases are significant challenges to development.

Australia’s aid to Samoa is helping promote economic growth, address health and education challenges, and strengthen governance. Gender equality, disability inclusion and climate change resilience are cross-cutting issues.

AVID priorities

  • Economic growth

  • Health

  • Education

  • Governance

“Samoa’s beauty comes from its ability to share the culture and traditions against a backdrop of modern urban lifestyles in Apia, offering all visitors the opportunity to embrace both within easy distance of each other. Working as an In-Country Manager has enabled me to see first-hand the impact of the work volunteers do in this country which becomes for some a very personal (and powerful) experience.”

– Samoa In-Country Manager, Frances Soon-Schuster


Scope Global is no longer recruiting for the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program. AVID will conclude on 31 December 2017. Volunteers on assignment at that time will be supported to transition to the new Australian Volunteers program. More information about the new Australian Volunteers program can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website.