USAID supports climate change resilience, economic growth and the safety and well-being of women and children in Samoa

Apia, Samoa – The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Pacific American Fund, has awarded US$532,608.43 to Adventist Disaster Relief Agency (ADRA) Samoa to support vulnerable families to reduce vulnerabilities to climate change and promote resilience, economic growth and the safety and well-being of women and children in Samoa. ADRA Samoa will work ... Read More»

USAID Awards $1.5 Million to Support Community-Based Organizations

USAID Awards $1.5 Million to Support Community-Based Organizations Addressing Climate Adaptation and Resiliency in Communities in Samoa. Apia, Samoa – The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), awarded grants worth USD $1.5 million to two organizations working to build the resilience of vulnerable populations in communities in Samoa. These grants will support ... Read More»

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter William Hart patrols Samoa EEZ

On the eve of February 13, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter William Hart picked up two ship-riders; one from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Jennifer Laulu and the Ministry of Police, Taulafo Aperaamo to conduct patrols around Samoa’s exclusive economic zone, the ship-rider patrol lasted for three days. “With the two shipriders we were able ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Udall’s first visit to Samoa

U.S. Ambassador Udall and Ms Cooper made their first official visit to Samoa last week. Welcomed with a traditional ‘ava ceremony, they then had a busy and productive week with the Samoan people. “Fa’afetai Samoa! Jill and I had an incredible first trip to Samoa. We love Samoa and its people, and are looking forward ... Read More»

Peace Corps Assists with Pediatric Vaccine Rollout in Samoa

Peace Corps Samoa is honored to take part in Samoa’s drive to ensure all residents are vaccinated against COVID-19.  In early March, the Samoan government requested assistance from Peace Corps’ medical team in the government’s campaign to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 years old. Peace Corps Samoa Country Director Gini Wilderson said that Peace ... Read More»

Asset Management foundation course participants receive certificates of completion

Thirty-seven participants sponsored by #usaidclimateready received certificates of completion from United States Embassy Apia, Political/Economic Officer Mark Hitchcock after successfully completing an Asset Management foundation course delivered online by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (New Zealand).“With the increase in severity and frequency of extreme weather events in the Pacific, countries have had to ... Read More»

USAID and Pacific Community (SPC) Launch PROJECT Governance

Suva, Fiji  – On September 28, The United States of America, through United States Agency for International Development (USAID), partnered with the Pacific Community (SPC) to launch a new activity called “Promoting Just, Engaged, Civic-minded and Transparent (PROJECT) Governance.” Over five years, PROJECT Governance aims to foster consensus and inclusion in local communities and build ... Read More»

PPE Samoa bound

A shipment of U.S. government-funded medical supplies takes to the water this afternoon bound for Apia. Ambassador Scott Brown, U.S. Ambassador to the Independent State of Samoa says he was honored to have the opportunity to assist with packing out the shipment. “The PPE we’re sending includes nearly 100,000 pairs of gloves, tens of thousands of masks, ... Read More»

Virtual sessions for Samoan Students a Success

EducationUSA held a one-week virtual program, at the American Corner, to promote higher education in the United States to students from Samoa.  These live sessions allowed students and teachers to virtually join discussions with EdUSA Advisers and twenty U.S. university admission experts who shared their knowledge on a range of topics surrounding the student admissions ... Read More»

Samoa measles outbreak

USAID Global Health  will be releasing US$200,000 of disaster assistance to respond to the need of disaster-affected people due to the measles outbreak. We’re working with our interagency partners like the  CDC Global to help our friends in Samoa. Samoa ia maua pea le lototele. UPDATE: Responding to the measles crisis: an update on United States assistance to Samoa Seventy ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2020

U.S. Embassy Apia Notice of Funding Opportunity   U.S. Embassy Apia is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), offering grants from US $10,000 to US $200,000 per project. Awards will be subject to availability of funds. AFCP supports projects to preserve a wide range of ... Read More»

Operation Aiga: U.S. Coast Guard Teams With Samoa Maritime Personnel to Patrol Samoan Waters

What is a U.S. Coast Guard vessel doing in Apia Harbor? This was the question raised by the public when U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WALNUT was docked at the Port of Apia in early August.  On the first day of Operation Aiga, August 6, Lieutenant Commander Christopher Jasnoch and Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Tony Greubel were ... Read More»

Donation of dozens of pieces of medical equipment to Samoa

The U.S. INDOPACOM and U.S. Embassy Wellington are donating dozens of pieces of medical equipment to Samoa. “We’re using standard commercial transport to get many of the items like defibrillators, nebulizers, and ultrasounds to Samoa and NZDF is helping with the heavier items.” says U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown. Ambassador Brown says the United States is ... Read More»

Samoan Public Servant Selected From Thousands as the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Alumnus of the Year

U.S. Ambassador to Samoa, Ambassador Scott Brown, has sent his congratulations to Fiso Jennifer Key, Assistant CEO of the Policy, Implementation and Monitoring Division at the Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet who has been named as the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) Alumnus of the Year 2018. The ... Read More»

Five Step EducationUSA Seminars

What does the U.S. have to offer? An ever so common question asked by the Samoan community, especially with the school year just beginning. Parents, teachers and students were eager to find out what is out there and available as they start to explore their options for higher education. This urged the EducationUSA Adviser, Sharon ... Read More»

Nearly 50 Delegates Selected for the 2019 Young Pacific Leaders Conference

Press release. WASHINGTON – Building on five years of success in collaboration with emerging leaders in the Pacific, the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, is pleased to announce the 46 leaders from 20 Pacific countries and territories chosen to attend the 2019 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Conference taking place in Suva, Fiji ... Read More»

Thriving Relations for U.S and Samoa.

July 13 – 17. The U.S Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Scott Brown and Mrs Gail Brown visited Samoa last week to commemorate American Independence with a reception held at the U.S Residence in Vailima. Honored guests included Their Highnesses Head of State Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi & Masiofo Faamausili; the Prime Minister of Samoa, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»


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 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 ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Embassy Apia hosts live webinar on Conservation and Biodiversity

By Dikaiosune Atoa Tamaalii, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Samoa. On August 24, a collaborative discussion between representatives from Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and the U.S. Department of State were able to join a live Q&A with conservationists gearing up for the world’s largest conservation event, the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. The interactive discussion featured voices of ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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»

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»

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 ... 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»

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»

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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