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Behind the camera in the Solomons

Published on 9th April 2014


Behind the camera in the Solomons

As flash floods have devastated the Solomon Islands, New Zealanders have watched shocking footage of the damage done by the rain. A lot of that footage came courtesy of World Vision/VSA volunteer Blair Millar, who’s been on assignment in Honiara since January with his partner Rachel Skeates, also a WV/VSA volunteer. Read More

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) volunteers prepare to support Solomon Island partners

Published on 7th April 2014


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Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) volunteers prepare to support Solomon Island partners

Junior Ulu, VSA’s International Programme Manager, is in Honiara currently and says it will likely be months before the city gets back to normal following days of heavy rain that has shaken the country’s capital. Read More

Flooding in the Solomon Islands

Published on 4th April 2014


Flooding in the Solomon Islands

Volunteer Service Abroad can confirm that our staff and volunteers in the Solomon Islands are safe. Read More

Career boost in the Solomon Islands

Published on 27th March 2014


Career boost in the Solomon Islands

Volunteering in the Solomon Islands has given Melanie Phillips opportunities she’d never have had in New Zealand. With a little over a month to go until the end of her three years as a Legal Adviser at the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Melanie says “the breadth of... Read More

VSA and Downer helping to improve education facilities in the Solomon Islands

Published on 25th February 2014


VSA and Downer helping to improve education facilities in the Solomon Islands

The first VSA/Downer NZ cadet volunteer heads to the Solomon Islands in March for a three-month assignment. Read More

We are connected – We are transformed

Published on 25th February 2014


We are connected – We are transformed

This year, world leaders will come together to plan the next stage in creating better lives for people in developing countries. The Millennium Development Goals – the last set of targets, set in 2000 – come to an end in 2015 and what is clear moving forward, VSA CEO Gill... Read More

Cutting edge disaster response in Vanuatu

Published on 17th February 2014


Cutting edge disaster response in Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s disaster communications plan has been given a ground-breaking overhaul, supported by VSA volunteer Simon Donald. The country is now the first in the region to have a text-message disaster response system. Read More

The Millennium Cave School Project opens a school in Vunaspef, Vanuatu

Published on 12th February 2014


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The Millennium Cave School Project opens a school in Vunaspef, Vanuatu

For seventy years, kids from the hilltop village Vunaspef on Vanuatu’s Santo Island have had to walk hours to get to their nearest school – Saint Michelle near the coast. This week, the Millennium Cave School Project celebrated the opening of a new local school, which will serve all eight... Read More

Dili’s Xanana Gusmao Reading Room reopens

Published on 4th February 2014


Dili’s Xanana Gusmao Reading Room reopens

Dili’s Xanana Gusmao Reading Room is housed in a beautiful old Portuguese building just a block away from the waterfront, a relic of Timor-Leste’s pre-independence days. But what it houses now celebrates the country’s rebirth. Read More

Lloyd Jones-inspired building up for design award

Published on 16th January 2014


Lloyd Jones-inspired building up for design award

The Bougainville Library is a finalist in two categories in the NZ Wood Timber Design Awards. Wellington architect Paul Kerr-Hislop was asked by the Bougainville Library Trust to design the Library, or Haus Stori, in 2011. Read More

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