Read blogs from our four volunteers about their work as VSA volunteers and how your support of Project Friendship is helping them continue their vital work.
Hannah, Lucy, Aaron and Russell blogged during July, August and September.
"Things are starting to get very busy as we prepare for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts this July. I'm looking forward to sharing some of the work our team is doing for this amazing event. I'm currently working with the Media and Communications Committee to make sure the rest of the world will be able see the festivities!"
Hannah is an Administration and Communication Assistant on VSA's UniVol programme in Solomon Islands. Her assignment began at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, working on the Festival. Now that has finished she has moved on to a new position at the YWCA. She completes her assignment in December 2012.
"The things I love most about my job are going to farming communities, meeting people and learning to speak Tok Pisin (it's a fun language, and quite easy to learn). I get to see some beautiful, remote parts of Papua New Guinea. I can't wait to blog about my experiences and thoughts about PNG, its cultures and languages. I hope you enjoy!"
Aaron is a Training Assistant at the Kairak Vudal Resource and Training Centre, Papua New Guinea. He completes his assignment in December 2012.
"I'm in love with Tonga. The lifestyle is so amazing and relaxed here and the staff at the Ministry of Tourism are great to work with. I'm really looking forward to sharing my Tongan experiences during July and August for Project Friendship – watch this space!"
Russell is a research assistant for the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour Policy Team. He is on a UniVol assignment which finishes in December 2012.
"The best thing about my assignment is the wonderful people who I get to work with. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing cultural event and to experience the Solomon Islands at its very best. I'm looking forward to blogging with Project Friendship!"
Lucy is an Administration Assistant on VSA's UniVol programme in Solomon Islands. After working on the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts she moved on to work with World Vision. She completes her assignment in December 2012.
Published on 6th December 2012
For International Volunteer Day, I was guest-tweeter for VSA. That day also happened to be my last full day in PNG on assignment - the next day, I boarded a plane to return to New Zealand. Here's how my last day went... Read More
Published on 19th November 2012
In my last blog I talked about the lovely island of Bali, West New Britain. I talked about the friendly people and the lovely bugs. In this blog I'll talk about the trip back, in which I was delayed and frustrated at nearly every turn. Read More
Published on 16th November 2012
Hi everyone! Sorry for the prolonged silence, but... well, no excuses. I just haven't done a blog in ages. I lost my camera, which has all the pics for this post. You'll just have to imagine, sorry! Read More
Published on 30th October 2012
Hi everyone! I've just got back from a work trip to West New Britain. Read More
Published on 9th October 2012
As promised, this week I’ll talk about, and post pics of, the Goroka show. Read More
Published on 5th October 2012
Well, project friendship is over, but I’ve decided I want to keep blogging. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t partly because I went on holiday to the highlands and had an awesome time. Read More
Published on 28th September 2012
Yesterday my workmate was supposed to be doing a presentation about World Vision communications. However, just before she was due to do it her husband rang to say she needed to get home right away. Read More
Published on 27th September 2012
This week's blog was supposed to be about my recent trip to PNG's highlands region, but then VSA reminded me that it's the final week of Project Friendship! Read More
Published on 26th September 2012
I kept yawning at work last Saturday morning, and my friend Margaret asked me why I was so tired. Read More
Published on 19th September 2012
Yesterday I met the Royals... and by met I mean I stood very close to them and snapped pictures. Read More
Read more about the work VSA volunteers are doing to help develop tourism in Vanuatu.