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Volunteer blogs


‘Nothing really prepares you for this’: the realities of volunteering

Published on 12th May 2015


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‘Nothing really prepares you for this’: the realities of volunteering

Over the last few weeks I’ve done a lot of reflection. Read More

Baking experiment: Milo-banana cake

Published on 11th May 2015


Baking experiment: Milo-banana cake

I have been wanting to make a banana cake for ages, seeing as I get so many bananas and end up throwing half of them out as I cannot eat them fast enough. Read More

A trip to Pok Pok Island

Published on 5th May 2015


A trip to Pok Pok Island

Over Easter weekend, Bryn and I travelled from Buka down to Arawa and then out to Pok Pok Island with some other VSA volunteers called Ann and Richard. It was such a wonderful weekend, and full of the relaxation and distance from Buka that I needed to refresh me at... Read More

Easter on Pok Pok (Bakawari) Island

Published on 4th May 2015


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Easter on Pok Pok (Bakawari) Island

Pok Pok is pidgin for crocodile. The island of Pok Pok is named thus because its profile, as viewed from the mainland, resembles a giant crocodile (not because there are crocodiles on the Island!). We spent Easter staying on the Island in a little village called Uruna Beach, in a... Read More

Welcome to the Bureau of Media and Communications

Published on 1st May 2015


Welcome to the Bureau of Media and Communications

The ABG Archives, where I work, is a part of the Bureau of Media and Communication (Media and Comms), which is an Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) bureau. Read More

Malawi

Published on 30th April 2015


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Malawi

For the past three months I have sat down in front of my computer mulling over how to begin to translate all my new experiences from sensations into words. So it is here where I find myself once again, cup of coffee to my right, visualising profusely whilst my fingers... Read More

Flowers, work, laundry day and bugs

Published on 29th April 2015


Flowers, work, laundry day and bugs

There's been plenty happening around Santo in the last few weeks. Read More

Mentoring primary teachers

Published on 23rd April 2015


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Mentoring primary teachers

Here’s an early snapshot of my teaching involvement at Rurubao primary School, Bairiki in Kiribati. Read More

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

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