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Frangipanis in bloom – mental health in Kiribati

Published on 16th September 2016


Frangipanis in bloom – mental health in Kiribati

Mental illness disproportionately affects people living in poverty and hardship, yet as many as nine in 10 people in developing countries go without the mental health care they need. VSA volunteers are working throughout the Pacific with local organisations to lift the stigma and provide support. Read More

Celebrating Samoan women in politics

Published on 24th August 2016


Celebrating Samoan women in politics

Samoa held a general election this year in March, electing its first woman Deputy Prime Minister and three other women MPs. UN Women/VSA volunteer Ellie Van Baaren delivered media training to journalists and candidates in the months ahead of the election. Read More

VSA staffer publishes his first book

Published on 10th August 2016


VSA staffer publishes his first book

Written by Alex Wilson (accompanying partner to VSA volunteer Marie-Jo Wilson) Read More

Keeping volunteering in the whānau

Published on 23rd July 2016


Keeping volunteering in the whānau

VSAConnect coordinator Pat Martin meets a family with the volunteering bug... Read More

A thriving Honiara Library

Published on 22nd July 2016


A thriving Honiara Library

Volunteer Daphne Smithers and the local team give Honiara Public Library an overhaul... Read More

Innovative volunteering models launched

Published on 11th July 2016


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Innovative volunteering models launched

Gerda Pentinga: e-volunteer Read More

A safe place to stay

Published on 14th June 2016


A safe place to stay

Fresh produce markets across the Pacific are the lifeblood of their communities. They are gathering places, tourist attractions, and many people in the Pacific are dependent on them for their livelihoods. Vendors are usually women, and more often than not they have little say in the markets’ management and few... Read More

A tribute to Barbara Dawson

Published on 10th June 2016


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A tribute to Barbara Dawson

This week, VSA has been saddened to mark the passing of a pioneering volunteer and staff member, Barbara Dawson. Read More

World Environment Day 2016

Published on 3rd June 2016


World Environment Day 2016

June 5 is World Environment Day (WED) - a day when the United Nations encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Read More

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

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Josyula Prakash Rao on Cutting edge disaster response in Vanuatu
    "This is an excellent project,cobgartulations" - Josyula Prakash Rao
  • Comment by Jess on Innovative volunteering models launched
    "Having done a slightly adapted model of the e-volunteering last year, am I very excited to see this in action! " - Jess
  • Comment by Sara ("Rosie") Ransom on A tribute to Barbara Dawson
    "Sitting quietly with my thoughts of Barbara -- "sisters" since we were 16, me visiting her home in NZ in1963, and she visiting mine in the US, in 1964; fellow travelers across the USA in our 20s, and forever friends. We were last together in Vietnam. I am deeply touched to learn even more of her depth of character, her compassion-in-action, tributes from others who have known her throughout the years. These tributes to her are deeply moving. E rere wairua e rere / Fly free, O spirit, fly...

    " - Sara ("Rosie") Ransom
  • Comment by Kirsty Collins on Cutting edge disaster response in Vanuatu
    "This is such a wonderful project. Congratulations!

    I was thinking about how so many children in Vanuatu do not get the opportunity to go to school. Perhaps you could start a small School of the Air using these radios? Textbooks could be mailed to villages and children could meet at the hut at a set time during the week to take lessons over the radio. Such as how the SOA used to work in Australia.
    http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/school-of-the-air
    " - Kirsty Collins