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Farewell lunch

Published on 4th September 2015


Farewell lunch

Today was my last day at VARTC, Santo, Vanuatu. Read More

Safe turtle

Published on 4th September 2015


Safe turtle

Volunteers Frances Hermann (Primary Teacher Mentor) and Sue Marshall (Family Planning and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Specialist) write about a turtle encounter they had recently in Kiribati. Read More

Olivia Owen – Painting a thousand words

Published on 3rd September 2015


Olivia Owen – Painting a thousand words

Olivia volunteered for two years as Inter-agency Initiatives Coordinator for UN Women's Fiji Multi-Country Office. She was part of the New Zealand and Regional Partnerships Programme and was based in Suva, Fiji. Read More

Save the date: VSA's Annual Congress is on November 7

Published on 3rd September 2015


Save the date: VSA's Annual Congress is on November 7

Save the date for VSA's Annual Congress and Dinner on November 7, 2015. Read More

September 2015 photo of the month

Published on 1st September 2015


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September 2015 photo of the month

Diane Thorne-George, Programme Manager for Timor-Leste, and Nene Correia De Almeida, Country Programme Officer, made a recent trip to Oecusse District and spotted this unusual combination of tradition and innovation. Read More

VSA field trip: Cover girl

Published on 1st September 2015


VSA field trip: Cover girl

Communications Manager Chris House visited our programme in Vanuatu in August and met up with Murray Lloyd, volunteering as Photography and Video Trainer with Further Arts, based in Santo. Murray provided the cover photo for the most recent edition of Vista magazine: a photo of two Market Mammas from Pang... Read More

Tim Noble – The first Suva marathon

Published on 31st August 2015


Tim Noble – The first Suva marathon

Tim accompanied his partner, Olivia Owen, on her assignment in Suva, Fiji, from 2013-2015. Read More

Relaxing Sunday on Pangaimotu Island

Published on 31st August 2015


Relaxing Sunday on Pangaimotu Island

Sunday is usually quiet in Tonga with most businesses closed. The exception is bakeries, who do a roaring trade in bread and cakes, and tourist-type resorts. This Sunday, Lesley, also a VSA volunteer, kindly invited me to join her and her daughter Kathy and partner Bryce, visiting from Auckland, to... Read More

Small is beautiful: first impressions of Nukunonu, Tokelau

Published on 28th August 2015


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Small is beautiful: first impressions of Nukunonu, Tokelau

Nukunonu is so small that from my work desk I can look up and see Joe, my partner, digging in the community garden outside. Read More

The crowd goes wild

Published on 26th August 2015


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The crowd goes wild

John Marsh writes from Samoa, where he is volunteering as a Landscaping Adviser, about the All Blacks v Manu Samoa game in July 2015. Read More

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