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Volunteer blogs


First week in Samoa

Published on 22nd June 2016


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First week in Samoa

In her first post as a VSA volunteer, Robyn Metzger shares her orientation experience and initial impressions of Samoa... Read More

Positive progress for the Tongan Mabé pearl industry

Published on 20th June 2016


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Positive progress for the Tongan Mabé pearl industry

The Mabé pearl industry in Tonga continues to grow via a wave of new initiatives. Volunteer Steve Hales shares the latest progress in the industry... Read More

Spheres of importance in Vanuatu

Published on 18th June 2016


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Spheres of importance in Vanuatu

Bronwyn Hale experiences a light bulb moment during her in-country orientation in Vanuatu... Read More

Ato

Published on 16th June 2016


Ato

Jo McKenzie discovers a unique gardening technique while on assignment... Read More

A big day out

Published on 13th June 2016


A big day out

Jo and Warwick share progress of their assignment in Niue with the Department of Education... Read More

The Port Vila hospital garden revisited

Published on 8th June 2016


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The Port Vila hospital garden revisited

In Vanuatu, Jill Greenhalgh has been battling drought, downpours and the lingering effects of Cyclone Pam... Read More

A visit from the local primary school

Published on 31st May 2016


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A visit from the local primary school

In her first blog from Samoa, Jo McKenzie shares the story of a visit from the local primary school to the Lalomalava Garden Project... Read More

Volunteering in Samoa

Published on 30th May 2016


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Volunteering in Samoa

Catherine Alderson discovers that her volunteering experience in Samoa has provided her with unexpected, but valuable insights into life in general... Read More

Catching up with Elizabeth

Published on 27th May 2016


Catching up with Elizabeth

Norah takes some time out from her assignment in PNG to catch up with old friends and colleagues in Bougainville... Read More

Adventures in Niue

Published on 27th May 2016


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Adventures in Niue

Jo and Warwick Bowden continue their adventures in Niue... Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Andre Mutu on First week in Samoa
    "Savai'I is lovely part of the world I was there 2 years ago. My wife is also a VSA volunteer and I'm a accompanied partner. We are in Tonga for 18 months. Like Samoa the Tongan people are LOVELY and always smell so fresh an so clean, nothing ever seems to be a problem. I am really enjoying my time here the island pace of life is great, coming from Auckland where everthing is rush rush rush being here just gives you time to chill out and take a bit of time for your self.. eg about a hour to open a bank account. There are also alot of challenges the language, culture, animals , not being able to drink the tap water, not having everything you need in the supermarkets and seeing little creatures running around in yout living headquarters takes a bit of getting use to, but welcome to a developing country. You just have to put your best foot forward to help make a change. That's why we are here to HELP make a change. " - Andre Mutu
  • Comment by Maureen Frayling on First week in Samoa
    "Lovey to see your blog Robyn and hear how you are getting on. Lovely to have you with us in Samoa" - Maureen Frayling
  • Comment by Jacqui on Adventures in Niue
    "Hi, in a few weeks my family will be visiting Niue for the first time. In the past we have visited Fiji and have (via our resort) visited a local primary school where we were able to give them school supplies that we had bought over with us from NZ. I was wondering if there is a similar program in Niue and if so what the stationery etc needs of the students are. Thanks Jacqui" - Jacqui
  • Comment by Paulette on Positive progress for the Tongan Mabé pearl industry
    "Well done Steve for in injecting such passion and necessity in helping to give and find ways of boosting the beautiful Mabe pearl industry. You certainly are making an impression over there.. fantastic . :-)" - Paulette