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Volunteer blogs


Gurias and volcanoes

Published on 11th September 2014


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Gurias and volcanoes

Since my last blog, my netball team, the Agmark Ravens, won the local tournament in Kokopo. It was so much fun and we played with amazing team spirit. During the last quarter we were neck-and-neck with the Butterflies but at the last minute we scored four more goals and won... Read More

Being part of Team VSA at the SIDS Conference

Published on 8th September 2014


Being part of Team VSA at the SIDS Conference

My volunteering assignment as the communications person for Team VSA in Samoa at the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States has ended. It was a spontaneous decision to take on this assignment, but sometimes these are the ones that turn out the best. Read More

Helping TNC meet the challenge of mining

Published on 8th September 2014


Helping TNC meet the challenge of mining

Mining is a big issue in the Solomon Islands, both for the general population as well as for agencies like my partner organisation, The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Read More

What to wear to a conference

Published on 5th September 2014


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What to wear to a conference

I have really enjoyed my VSA assignment as a communications person for VSA for the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa. Read More

VSA volunteers share stories over dinner

Published on 4th September 2014


VSA volunteers share stories over dinner

While Samoa is buzzing over the SIDS Conference, our volunteers took time off to relax and have dinner with visiting CEO Gill Greer at the Yacht Club in Mulinu’u. It was an evening to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, who form the backbone of VSA. Read More

Stronger partnerships through volunteering

Published on 3rd September 2014


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Stronger partnerships through volunteering

Volunteering needs to be better recognised. That’s the message at the heart of today’s parallel event titled “Stronger Partnership through Volunteering in SIDS” co-hosted by VSA and UN Volunteers. Read More

Samoa wows SIDS delegates

Published on 2nd September 2014


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Samoa wows SIDS delegates

Villages have put up amazing displays to ensure visitors to Samoa for the United Nation SIDS Conference, which runs 1-14 September 2014, are greeted with open arms. Read More

Work of VSA, local volunteers and STA key to vibrant Teuila Festival

Published on 1st September 2014


Work of VSA, local volunteers and STA key to vibrant Teuila Festival

Handling everything from sound engineering to event management to customer service training, VSA volunteers, Bernie Gruschow, Sophie Dowson and Hani Jossi are assisting the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA), a VSA partner organisation, for a two-week long festival which runs from 25 August to 6 September in Apia, and overlaps with... Read More

Major Groups and other Stakeholders orientation meeting continues

Published on 1st September 2014


Major Groups and other Stakeholders orientation meeting continues

The Major Groups and other Stakeholders Forum (MGoS) officially opened on Thursday night, as part of pre-conference events at the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference. Discussions have continued about the region’s extreme vulnerability and a strategy that will illustrate the value of partnerships. Read More

Tindall Foundation acknowledges partnership with VSA

Published on 1st September 2014


Tindall Foundation acknowledges partnership with VSA

Today we went along to support one of VSA’s partner organisations, the Tindall Foundation, who were part of a panel in the Private Sector Partnership Forum on sustainable agriculture. Bruce Russell, Project Manager Samoa for the Tindall Foundation and the acting CEO of Poutasi Development Trust (PDT), kicked off his... Read More

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