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The environment: at the heart of our work

Published on 9th June 2017


The environment: at the heart of our work

Monday June 5 was World Environment Day. Read More

Breaking the cycle

Published on 2nd June 2017


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Breaking the cycle

What do prisoners do after they've served their sentence? VSA volunteer Heather Smyth is working in Vanuatu to reduce the rate of re-offending. Read More

Along for the ride

Published on 24th May 2017


Along for the ride

Volunteering abroad offers people a chance to become immersed in another culture, change lives, and have their own lives changed in return. But what about the spouses and partners who up sticks with their loved ones to somewhere where they may not even speak the language? Read More

Cyclone Donna from the volunteer perspective

Published on 12th May 2017


Cyclone Donna from the volunteer perspective

Tropical Cyclone Donna left Vanuatu on May 9 after taking a long slow trajectory over the country. While full reports of the damage done, especially in the harder-hit northern regions, are yet to come in, our volunteers have already noticed the less obvious impacts cyclones can have. Read More

Sign Language Week a good reminder of deaf communities in the Pacific

Published on 8th May 2017


Sign Language Week a good reminder of deaf communities in the Pacific

This week is National Sign Language Week in New Zealand. It's a timely reminder of the struggles facing Deaf communities across the wider Pacific where we work. Read More

Remembering Sheena Hudson

Published on 18th April 2017


Remembering Sheena Hudson

Sheena Hudson, a dear member of the VSA whānau, passed away earlier this month. Carolyn Mark, VSA's former Volunteer Recruitment Manager, shares her memories of Sheena. Read More

Depression Awareness Week in Kiribati

Published on 13th April 2017


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Depression Awareness Week in Kiribati

A screengrab of the first text message sent as part of Depression Awareness Week in both Kiribati and English Read More

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2017

Published on 6th April 2017


International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2017

Today is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.  Read More

Fitter and Healthier in Arawa

Published on 3rd April 2017


Fitter and Healthier in Arawa

VSA volunteer Ann Green's exercise-to-music class is 45 minutes of colour, music and laughter most afternoons at the Arawa Health Centre. Read More

Getting the groundwork right

Published on 15th March 2017


Getting the groundwork right

To grow a successful export market, you need a steady supply of product and consistent quality. It’s something that Tonga’s agricultural sector was struggling to achieve, but with the care and persistent work of VSA volunteer Bruce Johnson, and the backing of the Nishi Foundation, that’s quickly changing. Read More

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