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Play ball

Published on 5th July 2017


Play ball

Lynn Allan is volunteering as a Training and Events Adviser for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Timor-Leste. She's a team player, in and out of the office. Read More

Generosity from the Solomons

Published on 15th March 2017


Generosity from the Solomons

As they prepare to depart the Solomons at the end of their volunteer experience, Lindsay and Barbara Gault are overwhelmed by the farewells they receive from Solomon Islanders... Read More

Vanuatu volunteer publishes book about her experience

Published on 2nd February 2017


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Vanuatu volunteer publishes book about her experience

Bridget Isichei (nee Olssen) - a returned VSA volunteer from Vanuatu - has published a book (Road No Good) about her experience. In this post, Bridget talks about her adventure and how it changed her life. Read More

Mobile data collection makes a positive impact in the Pacific

Published on 16th January 2017


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Mobile data collection makes a positive impact in the Pacific

By Kate Davidson Read More

Obrigada barak Timor-Leste

Published on 12th January 2017


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Obrigada barak Timor-Leste

Wrapping up her assignment in Timor-Leste, Birgit Hermann shares her thoughts on an incredible 12 months of challenge and triumph. Read More

Teaching for the future in Timor-Leste

Published on 30th November 2016


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Teaching for the future in Timor-Leste

By Alex Wilson Read More

Lunch on the ring of Fire

Published on 25th November 2016


Lunch on the ring of Fire

Rabaul is famous for its volcanoes but it also has something in common with Rotorua: hot springs. Volunteer Kurt Schmidli knew cooking in hot springs was a traditional method for Māori living in geothermal regions, but never dreamt he'd do the same thing on Easter Sunday in Papua New Guinea. Read More

Who's afraid of PNG?

Published on 9th November 2016


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Who's afraid of PNG?

Who’s afraid of PNG?  “Not me,” said Finn. “Not me,” said Christine. “Not me,” said Kurt. Read More

Making a difference as an accompanying partner

Published on 27th October 2016


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Making a difference as an accompanying partner

“When I knew we were coming to Vanuatu, I wanted to help but didn't think I had much to offer,” says Carolyn Soole, an accompanying partner to volunteer Stephen Soole in Vanuatu, “I can sew and I love kids, so I said I want to help teach women to sew... Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Beth Carlson on Making life better for deaf Ni-Vanuatu
    "I would love to get a hold of this valuable resource. I've lived in Vanuatu many years, and been deeply touched by the plight of the deaf. I am also wondering how widespread the use of the home signs are. Since deaf seem to be scattered widely throughout rural Vanuatu, isolated in single villages, it seems they need to be brought together for proper development of their language." - Beth Carlson
  • Comment by Kalliiopi on Ten things we've learnt working in Vanuatu
    "Hi there, I loved reading your list <3 I visited Vanuatu while working on a cruise ship and fell in love, have always wanted to return, any tips on how to job hunt from Canada ?" - Kalliiopi
  • Comment by Fellina Rayson on Vanuatu volunteer publishes book about her experience
    "Such a amazing post, volunteering is best way to convert your skills and help others... thanks for sharing this lovely post." - Fellina Rayson
  • Comment by Hazel Monk on Five months in Vanuatu
    "Fantastic to hear about the great work you're doing with the RTCs Christine. I'm a primary-trained registered teacher in NZ and would love to help out with the Literacy & numeracy courses.... I just have to wait until the end of the year, (as I've a son in final year of school). I have Ni-van friends in PV and here in Blenheim working for 6 months on the RSE scheme in the vineyards. I visited Efate at Easter and am keen to teach in Vanuatu next year as there's such a need and I have lots of teaching experience, bith Hi & Prim school. Am relieving while my son is in school, but am keen to return to fulltime next year in Vanuatu, (tho my husband will have to remain in NZ with his work). Any advice for me, gratefully received." - Hazel Monk