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Screen star in Bougainville

Published on 31st March 2016


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Screen star in Bougainville

As well as being a volunteer superstar for VSA with multiple assignments under his belt, Bougainville-based Richard Harris is also a bit of a star in screen-writing circles. Read More

2016 International Development Journalism Competition now open

Published on 23rd March 2016


2016 International Development Journalism Competition now open

Have a passion for covering what's happening in the Asia-Pacific region?  Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is now accepting entries for its 2016 Excellence in International Development Journalism competition. Read More

Supporting Fisheries in Papua New Guinea

Published on 22nd March 2016


Supporting Fisheries in Papua New Guinea

Touring the National Fisheries College (NFC) in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea, with VSA volunteer Arnold Hawkins, it’s obvious to see his impact there. Read More

International Women’s Day 2016

Published on 8th March 2016


International Women’s Day 2016

This International Women’s Day, the theme is “Pledge for Parity”, aiming for true gender equality, everywhere, by 2030. We celebrate that work today, but it’s a pledge our volunteers make every day in the work they do around the wider Pacific to support women and girls. Read More

VSA's Fiji volunteers safe and well after Cyclone Winston

Published on 23rd February 2016


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VSA's Fiji volunteers safe and well after Cyclone Winston

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is pleased to confirm its four Fiji-based volunteers are safe and well. Read More

VSA signs three year partnership with the Pacific Community

Published on 1st February 2016


VSA signs three year partnership with the Pacific Community

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) today signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding with the Pacific Community (SPC) to work together to assist Pacific Island countries and territories to achieve their development goals. Read More

Boosting local incomes in Timor-Leste

Published on 25th January 2016


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Boosting local incomes in Timor-Leste

Volunteer marketing advisor Tennant Fenton established a model of farming cooperatives for rural Timor-Leste that he estimates generated US$96,000 in income, in a country where the average rural income per person is US$50 a month. Read More

Peacebuilding in Bougainville

Published on 19th January 2016


Peacebuilding in Bougainville

Nearly 20 years after the Conflict in Bougainville ended, Sister Lorraine Garasu says the country is experiencing a “negative peace”. Read More

VSA in 2015

Published on 31st December 2015


VSA in 2015

Our volunteers have spent 2015 working with our Pacific neighbours to improve life in countries that hide poverty beneath blue skies. Read More

Waste Management in Vanuatu

Published on 28th December 2015


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Waste Management in Vanuatu

Volunteer Mary O’Reilly has worked with local Waste Management Officer Gina Buletare to set up recycling station in Luganville, Vanuatu Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by great. on Auckland librarian to lend a hand at Bougainville Library
    "NZ has always been there for Bougainville
    As a Bougainvillean student studying here at Auckland university, I hope to meet Phillipa sometime and discuss how we can further assist our children in Bougainville. Joel Minsipi Nava" - great.
  • Comment by Roslie Laubeny on A lawyer in paradise: changing the way you do your career
    " Hi, could you help me with information on these assignment, i was required to write a news letter about how the nature of legal profession, career in my country (Solomon islands) differs from the nature of legal profession in Australia. Then what are the challenges the pacific lawyers face in maintaining professional standards due to the context of society. please do assist thanks

    " - Roslie Laubeny
  • Comment by michael manuala on A lawyer in paradise: changing the way you do your career
    "Hi, iam first law student at USP, Honiara, Solomon Islands and i was required to write a news letter about how the nature of legal profession, career in my country (Solomon islands) differs from the nature of legal profession in Australia. Then what are the challenges the pacific lawyers face in maintaining professional standards due to the context of society." - michael manuala
  • Comment by Lindsay Riddick on Screen star in Bougainville
    "When Norah and I were in Arawa in 2011 our son and daughter joined us for three weeks around Christmas. There was the usual end of year youth camp at Tunuru Mission. Norah was asked to assist as her assignment with Callan Services was in holiday mode and Eleanor got involved also. It was decided the group would perform a Nativity play for Christmas Eve Mass. With no resources some fantastic costumes were made. Angel Gabriel's wings were big enough to have launched the 20 year old actor in flight. While the performance was stilted and lacked continuity it was a fantastic success well appreciated by all. Most had never experienced any form of live drama and were enthralled. Blonde 20 year old Kiwi Eleanor acted as stage crew - she stood out very brightly in the poorly lit church whereas a Bougainvillian would have more easily merged into the darkened stage area. " - Lindsay Riddick