Trails Development Adviser

Closing Date: 13 October 2023

Category: Tourism

Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all. 

VSA will organise and fund, flights, visas, insurance, accommodation, living allowance and utilities while on assignment. 
Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident. 

About volunteering with VSA 
Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is not your typical volunteering agency.  We are committed to building sustainable communities across the Pacific. If you’re an experienced Trails Developer, looking for an extraordinary overseas experience in the Pacific to build into your field of expertise – then read on, as we have an exciting opportunity in store for you working collaboratively with Samoa Conservation Society - Sosaiete Faasso o Samoa.
Our Partner Organisation – Samoa Conservation Society
Formed in 2013, the Samoa Conservation Society (SCS) is a membership based non-governmental environmental organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of Samoa’s biological diversity and natural heritage. SCS works collaboratively with communities, the Government and partners to raise awareness on the state of Samoa’s environment and the species within. They do further work with schools and youth groups to educate them on the natural heritage that Samoa is blessed with, and actions that can help in species and habitat recovery.

Samoa’s biological diversity and natural heritage are constantly being threatened by invasive species, over harvesting and over exploitation, habitat degradation, pollution and climate change. SCS assist with overcoming some of these challenges through undertaking research, projects and initiatives and partnering with the many organisations in Samoa and abroad. The mission of SCS is to promote the conservation of Samoa’s biodiversity and natural heritage by working collaboratively with partners and communities to (achieve behaviour change via) awareness raising, education and information exchange.
The Assignment 
The Samoa Conservation Society are trying to promote trails and ecotourism in a project villages and other natural sites in Samoa. They have a mission to open up natural areas to visitors and locals alike in order to build pride and passion for conservation as well as income for partner villages. However, at the current time, they do not have the capacity on island to coordinate trails development and maintenance work. The volunteer would trail and mentor a group of “trail makers” who would be responsible for developing new trails and learn how to maintain existing ones at a number of sites on both main islands.

The Volunteer 
Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community.  You will need to be patient, flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community. 
We're looking for a volunteer with the following: 
  • Proven experience (at least 5-years) in trail work
  • Training skills of locals with limited experience
  • Trail design and implementation skills
  • Skills/experience in NGO development
  • Experience with ecotourism development
This volunteer will need to be physically fit and willing to teach and mentor staff and executive board members.  Experience working in an NGO and/or ecotourism development is desirable.

The Country 
Samoa is a stunning and culturally rich island nation in the South Pacific, known for its crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, lush rainforests, friendly locals and deeply rooted Polynesian traditions.  The traditional Samoan way, the fa’a Samoa, remains a strong force in Samoan life and politics where family is all-important, and elders are highly respected. 

VSA’s focus in Samoa is on tourism, agriculture and fisheries, environmental sustainability, community/youth engagement, empowering the most vulnerable, and health and education. 

Apply Now! 
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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Unique opportunity to enhance the trails development in Samoa
  • Volunteer for 6-months, flights and accommodation provided
  • Make a difference to your life and the lives of others!

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.