Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Bobby Carney, on his important work at Samoa’s Ministry of Health

Guest blog post by Bobby Carney, Fulbright-Clinton Fellow. “In Samoa, there is no individual health. There is only community health, because we are all connected. That is the Fa’asamoa (the Samoan way).” The director of my division at Samoa’s Ministry of Health advised me as we discussed the health indicator data for 2015 to plan new ... Read More»

iLuminate dancing in Samoa

By Public Affiars staff, U.S. Embassy Samoa. Dance group, iLuminate, recently visited Samoa as part of the U.S. Department of State -Cultural Envoy Exchange program . iLuminate is a New York performing arts group that combines dance, hip hop, and technology to create a unique blend of science and art. ILuminate had an amazing day with Sili, Gataivai and Gautavai primary schools in Savaii doing performances ... Read More»

Cyclone Amos – Reminder…all Americans to register with STEP

Cyclone Amos – Reminder..all Americans to register with STEP. We are closely monitoring Cyclone Amos and encourage all Americans to ensure that their information is up to date in STEP: https://step.state.gov . Please monitor the Disaster Management Office – Samoa and the Samoa Meteorological Service Facebook pages for situational updates. Read More»

U.S. Elections 2016

U.S. Citizen based overseas? Visit  fvap.gov  for voting information. “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” –President Lyndon B. Johnson (1963–1969) The fifty-eighth United States Presidential Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. ... Read More»

Strengthening Relations with ‘Large Ocean Nations’

Repost from DipNote – About the Author: Daniel R. Russel serves as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Crossing wide swathes of open ocean to get to the Pacific Island nations of Samoa, Tonga, and Palau gives you a great appreciation for the ancient mariners ... Read More»

Funding opportunity in the areas of Environment, Science, Technology and Health

The U.S. Embassy Apia announces a funding opportunity of up to $35,000 USD (Samoa only) or $65,000 USD (regional) for projects in the realm of Environment, Science, Technology, and Health. Eligibility is limited to non-profit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) within Samoa, or regional bodies that include Samoa in its mandate. Proposals should demonstrate creativity, substance, and relevance ... Read More»

United States Embassy Launches Textbook Deliveries to Samoan schools

Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Samoa Today Aele Primary School was presented with 25 boxes of reading, math, and science textbooks, marking the first donation of the U.S. Embassy’s ‘Faitau = Atamai’ book drive.  Together with the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture, the Rotary Club of Apia, and Peace Corps, over a dozen schools around ... Read More»

Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn in by Ambassador Gilbert

PRESS RELEASE –  December 11, 2015. The 87th group of United States Peace Corps Volunteers was sworn in on Friday, November 21st as twenty-one Peace Corps Trainees took the final step before moving into villages to begin their two year assignments.  The volunteers just completed an intensive 10-week Pre-Service Training and will now move to ... Read More»

Container Load of Books Arrive From the U.S. – Donated to MESC

A shipping container with over 400 boxes of reading, math, and science books has arrived in Apia, all the way from Pittsburgh, PA, with support from Brother’s Brother Foundation in Pittsburgh and the Rotary Club of Apia . The textbooks are a donation to the Samoan Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture (MESC).   Read More»

Check out Our New Site!

By Michael Cousins, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Wellington Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Apia’s 2015 Public Diplomacy Grantee Gathering

By the Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Apia. A Grantee Gathering was held on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the U.S. Embassy Residence Vailima for the Organizations that received funding from U.S. Embassy Apia’s 2015 Public Diplomacy Grants.  Embassy Apia’s Public Diplomacy Grants Program is a competitive program that offers small grants, from WST$5,000-$15,000, to ... Read More»

What’s been happening in Samoa?

By U.S. Embassy Public Affairs team, Samoa. Embassy Apia Celebrates 4th of July. Over 150 years ago the United States established consular relations with Samoa.   Our strong relationship with Samoa is based on ties of family, faith and a wonderfully vibrant government to government partnership.  Our countries are united by our shared democratic values and ... Read More»

Talofa Lava Samoa!

By U.S. Ambassador, Mark Gilbert. The long wait was finally over when Nancy, Liz and I touched down at Faleolo Airport on the evening of Mother’s Day. After months of research and anticipation, I was very excited to finally visit the beautiful island country of Samoa and officially receive my accreditation as U.S. Ambassador to ... Read More»

The United States and Samoa – An Enduring Friendship

By U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Mark Gilbert. On my arrival to Samoa, I’d like to offer warm Pacific greetings and to share a few words about the strong relationship between our two countries. I am honored to have been chosen by President Barack Obama – our nation’s first Pacific Island president – ... Read More»

NFL Stars Tell Samoan Youth “Dream Big”

From Emily Armitage, Branch Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. An exciting and inspirational week-long program featuring four NFL players made headlines in Samoa and provided a motivational message to youth around Upolu Island to dream big. From March 2-6, Embassy Apia hosted a second visit of National Football League (NFL) players in collaboration with ... Read More»
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