Earth Day 2018: Celebrating Samoan-American Cooperation in Tackling Environmental Challenges

Earth Day is a day to raise awareness of current environmental challenges and celebrate progress in environmental protection over the past decades. On Earth Day 2018 we celebrate the ingenuity of those who are rising to the many challenges to protect our environment and natural heritage – here you’ll find just some of the many ...
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STUDY OF THE U.S. INSTITUTES

Calling Scholars: Apply for a fully funded 2018 exchange program in the United States Apply by Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5pm Samoa time online using the application form from educationusasamoa@state.gov What is the program about? Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose ...
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STUDY OF THE U.S. INSTITUTES FOR SCHOLARS AND SECONDARY EDUCATORS

Apply for a fully funded 2018 exchange program in the United States Apply by Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5pm Samoa time online using the application form from educationusasamoa@state.gov . What is the program about? The five-week Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose ...
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United States South Pacific Scholarship Program

U.S. Embassy Apia is pleased to inform you of the 2017 Competition Instructions for the United States-South Pacific Scholarship Program. The United States South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP), authorized by the U.S. Congress and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program ...
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Pacific Women Leaders: highlighting Pacific women’s contributions to humanity

By Gail Brown, wife of US Ambassador Scott Brown. New Zealand and Samoa, known for their natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and thriving societies, was top of my husband’s list to serve our country as United States Ambassador abroad. New Zealand is home to some of the largest Pacific people’s diasporas, and a gate-way to South ...
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SAVAIA, LEFAGA RECOGNIZED AS TSUNAMI READY

Media Release. Savaia, on the southern coast of Upolu, will be recognized by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) as Samoa’s first Tsunami Ready community at a ceremony on June 20, 2017 at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), TATTE Building.  Samoa is the first Pacific Island Country to implement the program. The ...
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Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Scott Brown and his wife Gail.

Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Scott Brown and his wife Gail.  They are arriving in New Zealand shortly and wanted to introduce themselves.  They hope to visit Samoa very soon.  Watch this video to learn more about Ambassador-Designate Brown, his family and career, and why the partnership between the United States and Samoa is so ...
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United States Embassy Launches Reading and Resource Book Deliveries to Samoan schools

U.S. EMBASSY MEDIA RELEASE – April 6th, 2017. Today Lepea Primary School was presented with over 600 reading and reference books marking the first donation of the U.S. Embassy’s ‘Faitau = Atamai’ book drive for 2017.  Working together to help facilitate the project is the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture, the Rotary Club of ...
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Embassy Apia funds “Sugar Crush Week” in Samoa.

  This week Nobesity Samoa launched its “Sugar Crush Week” – one of the eight projects funded through U.S. Embassy Apia’s 2016 Public Diplomacy Small Grants scheme. The aim of the partnership between Nobesity Samoa and U.S. Embassy is directed at using approaches and methodologies already used by Nobesity Samoa but at a wider scale. ...
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Ambassador and Nancy Gilbert Farewell Samoa

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy, Apia. In early December 2016 Ambassador Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy made their final official visit to Samoa.  While it was a time to bring closure to their official duties, the trip was also business as usual. The Ambassador and Nancy laid the groundwork for current projects to ...
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Peace Corps Group 88 officially swears in.

Twenty new United States Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in on Friday, December 9th, as a final step before moving into villages to begin their two year assignments.  At the request of the government of Samoa, these 20 Volunteers will work in Samoan primary schools to help Samoan students improve their English literacy skills.   The ...
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Embassy Apia funds Annual Fa’afafine Forum and the first Fa’afafine week for Samoa

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Angelina Wilkinson was present to officially open the 10th Annual Forum and the first ever Fa’afafine (Transgenders) week since the establishment of the Samoa Fa’afafine Association (SFA).  Samoa Fa’afafine Organization (SFA) is a non-profit incorporated society that promotes the rights and interests of Fa’afafine in Samoa. Historically, SFA has been the sole ...
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United States Government funds construction and renovations for Saanapu Primary School

Tropical Cyclone Evan caused substantial damage to Saanapu Primary School.   While the most acute needs of the school were addressed immediately after the cyclone by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture and school committee, there was still a need for further repairs and improvements to the school.  From that, consultations between MESC and the ...
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88th Group of Peace Corps Volunteers Arrive in Samoa

U.S. Embassy Apia media release. Twenty one Americans arrived in Samoa on Tuesday, joining a select group of citizens who have come to Samoa to serve as Peace Corps Volunteers.   More than 2000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Samoa since 1967, providing small scale technical assistance and building cross-cultural ties.  The new Volunteers were welcomed ...
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U.S. Embassy Apia’s 2016 Public Diplomacy Grantee Gathering

U.S. Embassy Apia, Samoa – Media Release. A Grantee Gathering was held today at the U.S. Embassy Residence Vailima for the Organizations that received funding from U.S. Embassy Apia’s 2016 Public Diplomacy Grants.  Embassy Apia’s Public Diplomacy Grants Program is a competitive program that offers small grants, from WST$10,000-$12,000, to various organizations to strengthen democracy, ...
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The United States funds Gataivai Primary School’s Creative Learning Center

By Dikaiosune Atoa Tamaalii, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Samoa. On Friday, August 26, 2016, Chargé d’Affaires Angelina Wilkinson gave remarks to officially open Gataivai Primary School’s Creative Learning Center.  The center aims to provide a much-needed dynamic and vibrant space that improves rural youths’ ability to compete academically.  The idea is that this initiative will hopefully ...
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U.S. Embassy funds Train the Trainers workshop in Savaii, Samoa

On August 24th Chargé d’Affaires Angelina Wilkinson opened Samoa Family Health Association’s (SFHA) U.S. funded ‘Train the Trainers’ workshop in Sapapalii, Savaii.  Samoa Family Health was one of the awardees of the U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Small Grants Scheme in 2015.  This funding is to enable Samoa Family Health to bring their Mobile Health Clinics ...
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United States Science Envoy visits Samoa

Media Release, U.S. Embassy Samoa. A U.S. Science Envoy is in Apia July 28 and 29 to engage government, civil society, and academics on a range of oceans issues such as Marine Protected Area (MPA) management, ocean acidification and marine pollution, and deep sea mining, as well as overall environment and climate challenges.  Leading this ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Ambassador Gilbert’s productive and rewarding visit to the beautiful isles of Samoa

The recent visit of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert and Mrs. Gilbert to the beautiful isles of Samoa came during a particularly special holiday season of sharing and community. Upon arrival, Ambassador Gilbert and his wife Nancy spent time reading to local children at the Nelson Memorial Library American Corner. This was part of the ‘Faitau ...
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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 ...
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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).  
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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 – ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 – ...
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