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Volunteer blogs


Old Gold and pindas

Published on 4th August 2015


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Old Gold and pindas

My third week here has come to an end, a highlight being my husband Gerard arriving on Thursday. Read More

Three course blog

Published on 3rd August 2015


Three course blog

The problem with clothes, a leggy blonde and expensive lettuce. Read More

MYOB, ToR and more from the office

Published on 31st July 2015


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MYOB, ToR and more from the office

An update on what I've been up to workwise recently. Read More

Five reasons everyone should move to another place in their 20s

Published on 24th July 2015


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Five reasons everyone should move to another place in their 20s

At the tender age of 23, I have moved away from ‘home’ twice - first from Auckland to Wellington to go to university, and then to Bougainville, to pursue my ‘dream job’. Read More

The first week

Published on 23rd July 2015


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The first week

My first week in Honiara has been rather overwhelming – and not only heat and humidity-wise. Read More

Staying cool in the tropical life of Kiribati

Published on 20th July 2015


Staying cool in the tropical life of Kiribati

Musical participation connects people in our combined enjoyment or incredulity at the different  talents, as we share the beat, dancing and music across cultures. Read More

Paws, hooves and wings – a few animals of Vanuatu

Published on 17th July 2015


Paws, hooves and wings – a few animals of Vanuatu

The theme for VSA's "Friday Photo" on Facebook this month has been "animals". Here's a photo blog on the theme of the animals I've come across in Vanuatu. Read More

The wreck of Admiral Yamamoto’s plane

Published on 8th July 2015


The wreck of Admiral Yamamoto’s plane

Admiral Yamamoto lost his life when his plane crashed into tropical jungle in South West Bougainville. He was travelling from Rabaul to Buin when he was shot down by the Americans in February 1943, during the Second World War. Read More

A bit of heart, technology, and adaptability

Published on 6th July 2015


A bit of heart, technology, and adaptability

I’m writing this at the close of National Volunteer Week 2015 from my home just out of Wellington, where the weather is about 15-20 degrees cooler than Samoa on a good day. The close of NVW 2015 is a good time for me to blog, because volunteering can work around... Read More

A visit to East New Britain

Published on 26th June 2015


A visit to East New Britain

Following my crazy weeks of work and research, I flew out of Bougainville to East New Britain, one of the New Guinea Islands, for a wee holiday and to meet Dan, who was flying in from New Zealand. Read More

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