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An amazing volunteer, mentor, teacher and friend

Published on 29th January 2015


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An amazing volunteer, mentor, teacher and friend

Colourful coast lines and endless green welcomed me back to my Papua New Guinean home after the holidays back in Aotearoa. With me I carried back all the support and love of friends and family. I was excited to come back to start the second phase of an amazing assignment... Read More

Chris Donnelly – Communities and planning in Vanuatu

Published on 28th January 2015


Chris Donnelly – Communities and planning in Vanuatu

Chris Donnelly has recently arrived home from assignment in Northern Vanuatu as part of the New Zealand and Regional Partnerships Programme. During his six-month stint, Chris worked closely with the Penama Provincial Government (in one of Vanuatu’s more isolated areas). Read More

A quiet start to a new year

Published on 28th January 2015


A quiet start to a new year

It's been a quiet week in the office. Read More

Melanie McIntosh – Finance and business in Timor-Leste

Published on 27th January 2015


Melanie McIntosh – Finance and business in Timor-Leste

Mel was on assignment as a Financial Adviser with Empreza Di’ak in Dili, Timor-Leste, from March 2014 until January 2015. Read More

Renae Carr – Databases in Samoa

Published on 26th January 2015


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Renae Carr – Databases in Samoa

Renae was in Samoa from May 2013 until December 2014. She undertook two assignments: nine months with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) and then another nine months with the Samoan Cancer Society (SCS). With both, she worked as a Database Adviser. Read More

Watermelon farming

Published on 22nd January 2015


Watermelon farming

VSA encourages volunteers’ accompanying partners to use their skills and experience to help in the community. With me working in tourism, our minds turn most to opportunities to grow this sector. Read More

Kelvin Hewetson – School infrastructure in Solomon Islands

Published on 21st January 2015


Kelvin Hewetson – School infrastructure in Solomon Islands

Kelvin was a Downer Cadet working as an Infrastructure Adviser with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Management (MEHRD) based in Honiara, Solomon Islands. He was there from September to December 2014, as part of the New Zealand and Regional Partnerships Programme. Read More

Andrew Sorensen – Working with schools in Solomon Islands

Published on 20th January 2015


Andrew Sorensen – Working with schools in Solomon Islands

Andrew Sorensen worked as Education Authority Adviser to the Choiseul Provincial Education Authority in the Solomon Islands, from January 2013 until December 2014. Read More

The Santo hydro scheme

Published on 14th January 2015


The Santo hydro scheme

Five of us in my ex-pat mountain bike riding group decided to do a 40km ride up the Santo Hydro scheme. Read More

The end of the assignment

Published on 13th January 2015


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The end of the assignment

My 10 months in PNG are at an end. Wow, what a year it has been! Read More

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