The Project

Fa’asao Marist High School, Marist-St Francis Elementary School and St Theresa’s Elementary School are located Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa.

The schools, both under the auspices of the Diocese of American Samoa, Pago Pago, require a teacher to mentor local educators in order to improve the overall quality of teaching across both schools and establish best practice in lesson preparation and classroom management..

Note: The monthly living allowance enables you to live a modest local lifestyle. Based on the cost of living in a particular country, it covers food, your daily commute, communication and other local costs. It is not set to enable you to meet financial commitments at home, such as a mortgage or a personal loan.  It will not cover the costs of eating out and other entertainment. Read more about what is covered in our FAQ. All applicants will be required to complete a Working with Children and Police Check.

The Location

Pago Pago is the territorial capital of American Samoa, situated on the main island of American Samoa, Tutuila. As of 2010, Pago Pago has a population of 3,656.

The mountainous islands boast pristine waters and jungles that adventurous travellers will be able to explore in their free time. World War II sites will fascinate the history buffs. As a U.S territory, the islands use the US Dollar. The official languages are English and Samoan.

Note: For most assignments, accommodation is provided by the partner organisation. This accommodation has been assessed and approved by Palms Australia as being secure and has adequate utilities.

The Challenge

The education system in Pago Pago is characterized by:

  • Overall low-academic student performance [i]
  • About 90% of high school graduates have to take remedial classes before they can start classes at the American Samoa Community College
  • High youth unemployment
  • Low school retention rates
  • Teacher shortages and limited skills of those who are teaching
  • Limited educational data collection/analyses processes
  • Limited educational administration processes

As these specific challenges are a consequence of larger socio-economic conditions in the country, the volunteer should be aware of how these conditions impact their role mentoring teachers.

[i] Middle School Journal, September, 2012. “A culturally responsive, transnational middle grades teacher education program in American Samoa”  Zuercher, D, Yoshioka, J, Deeing, P, Martin, K, O’Neill, T, & Apisa, S.

About You

This position requires a suitably qualified and experienced teacher. The successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • Qualifications and experience in teaching, at either a primary, secondary, pre-school or TESOL level.
  • Experience in training or mentoring fellow educators
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Cultural sensitivity and openness to working within a different cultural context
  • Willingness to engage their Australian community in promoting the work of the host organisation and their role
  • Willingness to work in Pago Pago for a minimum of 12 months, with limited resources and facilities.


How You Will Help

You will work with local staff of Fa’asao Marist High School, Marist-StFrancis Elementary School and St Theresa’s Elementary School to provide professional skill development that will:

  • improve the provision of quality education across the three education facilities
  • enhance teacher’s motivation
  • implement best practice teaching methodologies across the three schools.

It is expected that at the conclusion of your assignment, this role will be able to be conducted by a local you have supported.

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    * 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.