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Volunteer blogs


Watermelon farming

Published on 22nd January 2015


Watermelon farming

VSA encourages volunteers’ accompanying partners to use their skills and experience to help in the community. With me working in tourism, our minds turn most to opportunities to grow this sector. Read More

The Santo hydro scheme

Published on 14th January 2015


The Santo hydro scheme

Five of us in my ex-pat mountain bike riding group decided to do a 40km ride up the Santo Hydro scheme. Read More

A very personal list of things I love about Savai'i

Published on 5th January 2015


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A very personal list of things I love about Savai'i

Laughter and big smiles. Everywhere, all the time. Savai'i people are always laughing or waving a welcome. Read More

Christmas, past and present

Published on 24th December 2014


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Christmas, past and present

VSA asked us to write something about Christmas – either in the country where we are working, or other memories, plans or festivities. I woke up very early this morning, thinking about this. Read More

Christmas in Samoa

Published on 22nd December 2014


Christmas in Samoa

I have been checking out Christmas plans with Samoan colleagues and friends.   Read More

Meetings in Apia

Published on 15th December 2014


Meetings in Apia

We took a trip to Apia for some meetings. This is how the day went. Read More

Work and play

Published on 12th December 2014


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Work and play

There's always a mixture of work and play to be had while on assignment... Read More

My favourite tastes of Savai'i

Published on 10th December 2014


My favourite tastes of Savai'i

If you are lucky enough to visit Savai'i, make sure you try: Read More

An ex-postie in Vanuatu

Published on 9th December 2014


An ex-postie in Vanuatu

Delivering mail in Vanuatu is a tricky job as no one has letter boxes. I have not seen a postie delivering mail over here! The nearest thing to a Postie is the VARTC driver who clears the PO Box a couple of times a week and then personally delivers any... Read More

Coffee connoisseurs

Published on 7th December 2014


Coffee connoisseurs

For all you coffee connoisseurs, I think I have already mentioned the ATTAR café for really good coffee. The Baristas are really artistic and on a good day you can end up with coffee that looks like this. Read More

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