Samoa Tsunami Relief | Missions Trip

Building Project in Samoa

Building Project in Samoa

June 24 — August 15

Fa’a Samoa” means the “Samoan Way”. You will learn exactly what that means on this summer missions trip as you serve the people of this South Pacific tropical paradise devastated by three tsunami waves in September 2009. Working alongside the Samoa Youth With a Mission (YWAM) staff, your faith will be strengthened as you reach out to those most affected by the tsunami waves that hit the southern coastline. Your purpose is to help in the rebuilding of villages and local communities. This could include work projects that could be assisting in building repairs or clearing away rubble and debris. You will share the Gospel through music, puppets, drama and testimonies in villages on the island.


Sightseeing opportunities will include a day of snorkeling at Palolo Deep Marine Reserve and swimming at Valala Beach. You will also have a chance to enjoy the local Paussea Sliding Rocks. Shopping in the capital city of Apia will provide opportunity to shop for souvenirs of Samoa.


Housing will be in traditional fales (open-sided structures) with showers available. Laundry will be done using your buckets.


After completing Boot Camp training, you bus to the Orlando International Airport where you board a flight to Los Angeles, California. From Los Angeles you connect with a flight that takes you across the Pacific Ocean and the Equator before arriving in Apia, the capital of Western Samoa. From the airport you will travel 45 minutes along the coast to the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) base.

(Note: Florida Debrief)

Contributions Equal To: $3790 U.S. Plus Reg.


Samoa consists of the two large islands of Upolu and Savai’i and seven small islets located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the Polynesian region of the South Pacific. The main island of Upolu is home to nearly three-quarters of Samoa’s population and its capital city of Apia. The climate is tropical, with a rainy season from November to April.

The Fa’a Samoa, or traditional Samoan way, remains a strong force in Samoan life and politics. Despite centuries of European influence, Samoa maintains its historical customs, social systems, and language, which is believed to be the oldest form of Polynesian speech still in existence. Only the Maoris of New Zealand outnumber the Samoans among Polynesian groups.


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  1. Will the tray/plate/cup/bowl be provided in both boot camp, the field, and debrief? or do I need to bring my own for any part of that? TIA. =)

    • You will need to bring a plate and bowl for the field. A cup will be provided for your total involvement. A tray and bowl will be provided for Boot Camp and Debrief only.

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  3. What time should I arrive on registration day, and what time should my parents come for me on go day?

    • You should arrive NO LATER the 10AM on Registration Day. They can pick you up anytime after 7AM on Go Day—the earlier, the better on both days.

  4. when would be a good time to register for 2011 trips?

  5. does anyone know if space is still available? I am not sure i am going (i haven’t registered yet) becuase i wanted to pray about it but if there is no space then i geuss that would be a no, eh?

    • There is still room for girls on the Samoa team. Anyway, just because a team is full today does not mean it will be full tomorrow as we do get cancellations and switches.

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  7. Hey Nick, you should head over to the forum. The link is at the top of the page. People can answer your questions there.

  8. I’m going on this trip as well.

  9. I signed up for Samoa…this is my first Teen Missions trip….any advice?

  10. Gabrielle Carpenter

    I signed up! Hope i made it in time!!!!!!!!

  11. I signed up for this team 😀

  12. I went on the last trip to Samoa, it was a blast! loved every minute of it, wih i cold go but m0oney and school has me covered 🙁 So everyone going have fun!

  13. okay! Thanks!! Do you know if this trip will be available next year as well? Cause i am already going on a trip this summer…but i would REALLY love to go on this next year.

  14. I was wondering if either Madagascar or Somoa would have electricity, because of cameras and such, and would we have access to a computer at all?

    • You will need to bring enough batteries that will last the whole summer. No, you will not have access to a computer. The leaders will be sending in reports twice weekly which will be posted on our web site. Otherwise, it is “snail mail”.

  15. Compared to other teams, how big is this one? In other words, what’s the average size of a team?

    • The teams will usually have from 20-25 team members. Samoa looks like it will be on the higher average (in other words, it may be full soon),

  16. How many people are going so far?

  17. Hey, this trip sounds awesome. I went to Papua New Guinea for 3 years and this place sure sounds similar…

  18. so anyone going on this trip cause i am

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