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Volunteer blogs


My Tolai family and volunteer wantoks

Published on 14th April 2015


My Tolai family and volunteer wantoks

Easter weekend reminded me that throughout life we move in many different communities or (in Papua New Guinea speak) ‘wantoks’. Over the long weekend I joined the local Tolai tribe, spent time with my fellow VSA volunteers and my parents came to visit! Read More

Adventures in currency

Published on 8th April 2015


Adventures in currency

A week in the life of a volunteer, a fortnight into my assignment. Read More

Samoa survival #1

Published on 8th April 2015


Samoa survival #1

I’ve been in Samoa just over two months now and not only have I become a lot browner, but I feel less like an outsider tourist and more like someone who feels right at home. With that, I introduce: Jess’s list of six things you have to do when in Samoa. Read More

I'm in paradise

Published on 3rd April 2015


I'm in paradise

Avinoon tru! It’s been a crazy week, and I feel like my first month here is flying by. Now it’s Sunday evening and just as the sun sets, the power has turned back on. Thank heaven for ceiling fans! Read More

Starting on a two-year assignment in Arawa, Bougainville

Published on 2nd April 2015


Starting on a two-year assignment in Arawa, Bougainville

Since being here on the Island, life has been a full of adventure. Read More

Side-swiped by Pam

Published on 1st April 2015


Side-swiped by Pam

We had been watching reports all week on Cyclone Pam, and she finally arrived on Friday 13. Read More

And on the eighth day…

Published on 1st April 2015


And on the eighth day…

And on the eighth day after Tropical Cyclone Pam, the electricity was returned to our street. Read More

Poroman, work and wantok

Published on 30th March 2015


Poroman, work and wantok

So I’ve been here almost two weeks, and while the bright sheen of new experiences hasn’t quite worn off, I’m settling in and slowing down. Read More

Friday 13th and Cyclone Pam

Published on 25th March 2015


Friday 13th and Cyclone Pam

While I was scared during Cyclone Pam, I never feared for my life, as I was probably in one of the stronger houses in Vila. Read More

Cyclone Pam in Kiribati

Published on 16th March 2015


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Cyclone Pam in Kiribati

Over the past weeks we have had a lot of rain, and since last Monday the rain has turned into a storm. Read More

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