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Read about the work and travel of VSA's staff.


Field Trip to Tonga

Published on 22nd January 2016


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Field Trip to Tonga

VSA’s Programme Officer for Polynesia, Mattie Geary Nichol, has recently returned from a busy field trip to Tonga with Programme Manager Ryan Brown. Mattie writes about their experience… Read More

Working with perpetrators to end violence against women in Samoa

Published on 13th August 2015


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Working with perpetrators to end violence against women in Samoa

Ryan Brown, Programme Manager for Polynesia, blogs about volunteers working to stop violence against women and children. Read More

A visit to Samoa

Published on 12th June 2015


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A visit to Samoa

Media Officer Sarah Barnett blogs about a field trip to visit our volunteers and partners in Samoa in June. Read More

Through the lens in PNG and Bougainville

Published on 28th November 2014


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Through the lens in PNG and Bougainville

VSA's Graphic Designer Chris Mitchell travelled to Papua New Guinea and Bougainville to capture stories and photographs of VSA’s work. He has selected eight of his favourite photos from the trip. Read about his visit in full here. Read More

Behind the camera in PNG and Bougainville

Published on 28th November 2014


Behind the camera in PNG and Bougainville

VSA's Graphic Designer Chris Mitchell travelled with Media Officer Sarah Barnett to Papua New Guinea and Bougainville at the end of August to capture stories and photographs of VSA’s work. He has written a blog his experiences. See a selection of his favourite photos from the trip here. Read More

IVCO 2014 Conference: Volunteering in a convergent world

Published on 22nd October 2014


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IVCO 2014 Conference: Volunteering in a convergent world

Elizabeth Owens, Partnerships and Business Development Manager, blogs from Lima, Peru. Read More

Mt Tavurvur – the fallout

Published on 3rd September 2014


Mt Tavurvur – the fallout

Media Officer Sarah Barnett has been in Papua New Guinea, visiting volunteers, partners and staff. Back in Wellington, she has been reflecting on the impact of the eruption she and colleague Chris Mitchell (our Graphic Designer) witnessed while in Kokopo. Read More

Volcano!

Published on 29th August 2014


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Volcano!

VSA's Media Officer Sarah Barnett blogs about the latest news from Kokopo. (All volunteers and staff in the area are safe and well.) Read More

My first impressions of PNG

Published on 28th August 2014


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My first impressions of PNG

VSA's Media Officer Sarah Barnett and Graphic Designer Chris Mitchell are in Papua New Guinea meeting volunteers, staff and partners in the field. Sarah has written a blog about her first impressions of PNG. Read More

Staff comings and goings

Published on 22nd August 2014


Staff comings and goings

We’ve had a bunch of farewells and welcomes at VSA HQ in the last few months, as new staff have joined us in Wellington, and some familiar faces have re-joined us in new roles. Read More

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    "Thanks Ryan,
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