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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

Clean Up Vanuatu Day 2016

Published on 25th October 2016


Clean Up Vanuatu Day 2016

As part of her role as Communications Assistant for the Luganville Municipal Council, volunteer Annah Stevens assisted with Clean Up Vanuatu Day recently. Here’s her description of the day: Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Kalena Jordan on Ten things we've learnt working in Vanuatu
    "Kia ora Margot - the best place to start is to register your skills with us: https://vsa.org.nz/what-you-can-do/register-your-interest/ and we can send you any related vacancies in Vanuatu via email. I've sent you an email to follow up as well. Cheers, Kalena (Online Comms)" - Kalena Jordan
  • Comment by Margot on Ten things we've learnt working in Vanuatu
    "For several years my husband and I have been visiting Vanuatu, suffered through several major events including a very big earthquake in Luganville some years ago, Cyclone Pam, we were in Vila and a few recent events, we are moving towards our 70s, but still active. If we want to retire to Vanuatu we have to transfer large sums of money each month, a bit daunting as one gets older. We have found we can now get a NZ pension. What I would like to know, do you have volunteer positions for an ex marine engr, with farming background and wife. Both educated in U.K. So we both speak good English. We have a preference for Santo, not being townies, ex yachties and some childcare nurse aid background. We mix with Ni Van people in NZ, give them our roosters to help with food, which can be expensive in NZ. We have always tried to contribute to Red Cross, bringing in useful items after Pam, latest visit we brought up a supply of lines hooks , small torches etc for the Northern group of Islands. Some sort of useful occupation would give us the benefit of a warm climate and to be blunt new interests, as well as hopefully offering what we have learnt over the years." - Margot
  • Comment by Chris Moir on Mobile data collection makes a positive impact in the Pacific
    "Go you Lynn Richardson - get in touch via email" - Chris Moir
  • Comment by Dianne Hambrook on Vanuatu volunteer publishes book about her experience
    "Wow! Total respect. For the work you did in Luganville. For writing the stories and getting your book published. Well done!" - Dianne Hambrook