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Ears, eyes and banana boats – visiting Pomio

Published on 30th July 2014


Ears, eyes and banana boats – visiting Pomio

I've spent the last few weeks in Pomio, a district of East New Britain, visiting schools and villages. Read More

Wendy Roger – Tourism and hospitality in Tonga

Published on 28th July 2014


Wendy Roger – Tourism and hospitality in Tonga

Wendy volunteered from February 2013 to February 2014 as a Hospitality and Tourism Trainer with the Tonga Business Enterprise Centre (TBEC). Read More

Simon Trotter – Supporting school infrastructure in Solomon Islands

Published on 24th July 2014


Simon Trotter – Supporting school infrastructure in Solomon Islands

Simon volunteered as an Infrastructure Adviser at the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development in Honiara, Solomon Islands. He was there from March to June 2014 as a Downer Graduate, part of the New Zealand and Regional Partnerships Programme. Read More

Tyler Rosolowski – ICT in Bougainville

Published on 24th July 2014


Tyler Rosolowski – ICT in Bougainville

Tyler volunteered as Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Network for the Bougainville Government in Buka, Bougainville. Read More

Jacky Fuller – Small business in Samoa

Published on 23rd July 2014


Jacky Fuller – Small business in Samoa

Jacky Fuller volunteered as a Business Adviser at the Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) based in Apia, Samoa. She was there initially from April 2011 to April 2013, but extended her assignment for another year in order to achieve her key goal: getting SBEC registered as a training provider by... Read More

Kaukau banana bread, plus coconut and peppermint chocolate brownie

Published on 23rd July 2014


Kaukau banana bread, plus coconut and peppermint chocolate brownie

Recipes from Carolyn: baking for a Coeliac diet in Bougainville. Read More

Stepping over the border of your comfort zone: Māori, Sign Language and culture

Published on 21st July 2014


Stepping over the border of your comfort zone: Māori, Sign Language and culture

Jacqui Iseli is on her third VSA assignment involving teaching Sign Language in the Asia-Pacific. For Māori Language week, she reflects on the importance of language and the challenges outside our comfort zones. Read More

Te wiki o te reo Māori – VSA taking Kiwi culture to the Pacific

Published on 21st July 2014


Te wiki o te reo Māori – VSA taking Kiwi culture to the Pacific

At VSA, we know there’s something special about Kiwi volunteers. They have a sense of fair play and respect for our neighbours in the wider Pacific. We know that stems from our cultural heritage – volunteers find that Māori language and culture often inform their assignments. Read More

Week five: action-packed

Published on 15th July 2014


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Week five: action-packed

It’s been an action packed two weeks here in the Galapagos, with a boat charter for four days to the north coast of Santa Cruz and ongoing efforts to track down the breeding location(s) of the Petrel de Tormenta around Santa Cruz. Read More

My neighbourhood - an introduction

Published on 14th July 2014


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My neighbourhood - an introduction

I live in an area called Seaside. It is nowhere near the sea, being up on a hill above a lagoon. It is a fascinating neighbourhood. My closest neighbour is a white, unnamed rooster who is tethered just outside my bedroom window. Read More

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