I spent six amazing weeks in Apia carrying out fieldwork for my masters in anthropology, exploring the role of English in Samoan society, how important it is for the children to learn and the effect it is having on the Samoan language. After visiting preschools and primary schools I saw how the children and teachers were struggling with a lack of materials. They want to learn but they just dont have the resources that our children take for granted in New Zealand.
I'm returning in April 2014 to take my finished thesis back to all those who helped me, and I want to take a package back to distribute to some of the village schools in both Upolu and Savaii. They desperately need childrens books, stationery supplies and visual learning materials.
This is a way to do something kind for those who need it, and for me to give back to a country that showed me such warmth and hospitality.