LOCATION: UPOLU • COST: $3150 • AGE: 16-19 • AIRPORT: LAX

Video Creator: Aubrey Wilson


OVERVIEW

The islands of Samoa are dense in natural wonders. Because of the lush forests, open ocean, cascading falls, and some of the most breathtaking reefs in the world, many Samoans refer to their island as “paradise.” Apia is the capital city of Samoa and located on the island Upolu. Samoa, with a population of 196,440, is made up of multiple small islands in the Pacific Ocean. The languages most spoken in Samoa are English and Samoan. 


COUNTRY CHALLENGES

As a remote island country, Samoa faces similar challenges to other pacific island countries. Small in size with limited natural resources, narrowly-based economies, far distances from major markets, and vulnerability to external shocks, Samoa currently has high rates of poverty. 

With 18.8% of the population living below the national poverty line, one of the key contributing factors to poverty in Samoa is poverty of opportunity. Additionally, Samoa struggles with malnutrition, access to education opportunities, and sanitation facilities. 


SIGHTSEEING

You’ll be spending two nights on the beach in traditional Samoan style fales! You’ll go for a short hike to the top of an island, snorkel, and play beach volleyball. Your adventures won’t stop there though! You’ll swim in the famous To Sua Trench, experience a traditional Samoan dance performance, and hike and slide through a natural rock waterslide.

 

 


TEMPLE

You will serve in the beautiful Apia Samoa Temple. This temple shares the distinction with the Nauvoo, Illinois Temple as the only two temples to be completely destroyed and rebuilt. While the temple in Nauvoo was destroyed by arsons and a tornado, the temple in Apia was destroyed when a fire was sparked during a renovation project.

 


SAMOA FACTS

Samoa’s theme is “‘O le Penina ‘o le Pasefika” or “Pearl of the Pacific.”

Samoa consists of 10 islands, each offering natural beauty and a unique environment. White beaches surround rainforests and volcanic mountains covering the two main islands.

Families live near each other in the villages and are very close. The warmth of the Fa’a Samoa culture can be felt by anyone who visits their island home.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first sent missionaries to Samoa in 1863 and the Church has been growing there ever since. There are now over 75,000 members on the islands.

 

*Note: All info subject to final adjustment.

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