The Project

Don Bosco Technical Centre, Alafua Samoa, a Salesian technical school offering technical education and vocational training for 200 young men and women aged 16-20 years has requested a Palms participant to assist with the packaging and restructuring of courses in welding, motor mechanics, woodwork, electronics, plumbing and newly developed programs in Hospitality [specialising in cookery] and Sewing to meet the Samoan Quality Standards [SQA] accreditation requirements.

The Location

Don Bosco Technical Centre is located in the urban village of Alafua [population 1,347] on the second largest island of Upolo, Samoa.  Alafua is on the outskirts of Apia, the capital of Samoa.  Upolo is situated to the southeast of Savai’i [the big island] and is the most populace of the islands with a population of 145,000.

The Challenge

  • There is a strong correlation between poverty and vulnerability status and the level of education. Males with no tertiary education in urban areas are more likely to be vulnerable to poverty than all other groups.
  • Quality assured and accredited training derived from industry endorsed competency standards will enable graduates to have greater opportunity for productive employment in national and international labour markets.

About You

Don Bosco has requested a suitably qualified and/or experienced Technical/Accreditation Officer. The successful candidate will have:

  • Certificate IV Workplace & Training and/or experience in accredited training/VET sector training
  • Adult Education and/or experience in mentoring teachers [desirable]
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Cultural sensitivity and openness to working within a different cultural context
  • Willingness to learn Samoan will be an advantage
  • Willingness to engage your  Australian community in promoting the work of the host organisation and your role
  • Willingness to work in Samoa for a minimum of 12 months, with limited resources and facilities.

How You Will Help

Palms Australia is aiming to recruit a qualified technical education accreditation/compliance officer to meet the needs of Don Bosco Technical Centre.  In collaboration with the staff, the Palms participant will assist the Centre to obtain accreditation for technical courses that will ensure students obtain the best technical education and graduate with qualifications that will ensure employment opportunities both domestically and internationally.

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.

To find out more or to apply, please contact Christine O’Halloran, Program & Placement Coordinator on 02 9560 5333 or at

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