VSA extends programme to New Ireland in PNG

Published on 27th March 2012

VSA has now extended its Papua New Guinea programme into the province of New Ireland.


VSA’s first volunteer to work in New Ireland, Peter Blinkhorne, recently started a one-year assignment as a financial management and business adviser with marine conservation organisation Ailan Awareness Inc.


Shark callers perform at a ceremony to welcome the governor of New Ireland, Sir Julius Chan, to their village.


Peter Blinkhorne


He will be followed by Tony Bray, who will take up an assignment as a database trainer with the New Ireland Division of Education in June. Several other assignments in the province are also being developed.


International programme manager Peter Swain says it is very exciting to have finally extended VSA’s programme into New Ireland after several years of planning.


“We made a decision several years ago that we would focus VSA’s work in Papua New Guinea in the country’s three island provinces – East New Britain, West New Britain and New Ireland. Our programmes in the first two provinces are now well-established, but it has taken longer to get a programme running in New Ireland.”


VSA now has 13 volunteers working in PNG, and another seven have been selected for assignments in all three provinces.


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