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Steve Hales - Marketing and promotion in Tonga

Published on 21st August 2017


Steve Hales - Marketing and promotion in Tonga

Steve Hales volunteered as a Marketing and Business Development Adviser with the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour (MCTL) in Tonga from August 2015 to March 2017. Read More

Nick Taylor - Infrastructure assistance in the Solomons

Published on 16th August 2017


Nick Taylor - Infrastructure assistance in the Solomons

As part of our partnership with Downer, Nick was in the Solomon Islands working with the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development (MEHRD) for three months, as an Infrastructure Advisor.  Read More

Allanah Kidd - climate change awareness in Fiji

Published on 26th April 2017


Allanah Kidd - climate change awareness in Fiji

Allanah Kidd volunteered as Climate Change Programme Officer with UN Women in their Multi Country Office based in Suva, Fiji from May 2015 to January 2017. Read More

Rebecca Sim - monitoring and evaluation in Timor-Leste

Published on 24th April 2017


Rebecca Sim - monitoring and evaluation in Timor-Leste

For thirteen months, Rebecca Sim volunteered with World Vision as the Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant in Dili, Timor-Leste, as part of the VSA Partnerships Programme. Read More

Paulina Szczygiel - education in Timor-Leste

Published on 19th April 2017


Paulina Szczygiel - education in Timor-Leste

Paulina worked as an education adviser for six months with Care International in Timor-Leste. She and a team of four Timorese writers produced a popular, nationwide educational magazine, Lafaek, from September 2016 to March 2017. She had already been living in Timor-Leste for over two years, with her partner who... Read More

Neelum Patel - community recovery in Bougainville

Published on 1st March 2017


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Neelum Patel - community recovery in Bougainville

After 10 months in Bougainville, Neelum Patel, has returned to New Zealand and reflects on her time as a volunteer in beautiful Buka. Read More

Rebecca Vella-King – environmental conservation in Bougainville

Published on 15th February 2017


Rebecca Vella-King – environmental conservation in Bougainville

Rebecca was one of our Univols, volunteering as Community Conservation Liaison Assistant for the Bougainville Bureau for the Environment (BBE) in Buka, Bougainville from March to December 2016. Read More

Peter Blinkhorne – business development in Tonga

Published on 14th February 2017


Peter Blinkhorne – business development in Tonga

Peter was on assignment in Tonga as Business Development Adviser with the Tongan National Youth Council (TNYC) from December 2015 to December 2016. Read More

Del Bovill – library management in Timor-Leste

Published on 9th February 2017


Del Bovill – library management in Timor-Leste

Del was on assignment as Resource Centre Management Adviser with the Xanana Gusmao Reading Room in Dili, Timor-Leste from August 2013 to November 2016. She was accompanied by her husband Tony. Read More

Jill Greenhalgh - farm support in Vanuatu

Published on 6th February 2017


Jill Greenhalgh - farm support in Vanuatu

Jill Greenhalgh volunteered as a Research / Information Advisor with the Farm Support Association (FSA) in Port Vila, Vanuatu from June 2014 to December 2016. Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by CaseyRople on Rosie Paterson – Working with community agencies in Papua New Guinea
    "Some people, especially those running on busy daily schedules tend to use the pills to help maintain weight since they can not afford to follow all the diet programs. This is not advised. It is recommended that one seek advice from a professional in this field before using the pills. This can save one from many dangers associated with the misuse.

    The diet pills should always be taken whole. Some people tend to divide the pills to serve a longer period of time. This is not advised and can lead to ineffectiveness. If it is required that one takes a complete tablet, it means that a certain amount of the ingredients are required to achieve the desired goal. It is also recommended that one does not crush the pill and dissolve it in beverages. Chemicals found in beverages have the potential of neutralizing the desired nutrients in the pill thereby leading to ineffectiveness. The best way to take the tablets is swallowing them whole with a glass of water.

    The diet pills speed up the metabolic processes. This is the key factor that leads to the burning of all the fats in the body. This means that one passes out lots of urine, which subsequently leads to dehydration. It is imperative that the user take lots of water round the clock. This will help curb dehydration, which can lead to health problems. In addition to that, water offers the required medium for the function of the nutrients and elimination of the fats.

    When buying the review of diet pills, it is imperative that one gets the most recommended dose. People tend to compromise the quality and effectiveness of the tablets due to the variation in cost. The low priced pills depict poor quality, which means their effectiveness is not reliable. Some have also been found to cause health problems. The dose should also be taken as recommended. Over dose will not speed up the process but rather lead to complication. This will increase risk of side effects. If the taking of the pill is forgotten, do not take more to compensate for the lost time.

    The diet plan enclosed with the diet pills has also to be followed. According to the requirements, the termination of the diet must be done even with no results. This means your body is irresponsive." - CaseyRople
  • Comment by John Edwards on Roslyn Clarke – Water and sanitation in Kiribati
    "Hi Ross and Tom,
    I am very interested in your work with water and sanitation. It looks fascinating and very successful
    My name is John Edwards and I have a long association with VSA, including some time on VSA council in volunteer selection and with the local VSA branches.
    I am working at Massey University in Palmerston North. This year along with Nicola Brown I am supervising a final year project. The title of the project is: An investigation into the access to clean water in Kiribati.

    We would be grateful for any advice you would be able to give us. I am planning a field visit to Kiribati from 27th June to 6th July and would like to make the most of this visit.

    My email address is J.Edwards@massey.ac.nz

    Looking forward to hearing from you., when you have time.

    Regards
    John

    " - John Edwards
  • Comment by Jim Morton on Neelum Patel - community recovery in Bougainville
    "Helping people is one of the most rewarding things you can do in ones life. Sounds like you have all got an amazing reward out of this." - Jim Morton
  • Comment by Veronika on Bronwyn Hale - reproductive health education in Vanuatu
    "Kia ora Bronwyn.. it was great reading your brief blog.. looks like you've done alot towards helping the province people to make change..
    ka pai..
    Veronika (expatriate Aotearoa living in Solomon Isl.)" - Veronika