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Volunteer blogs


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

Charlie and I go back to primary school!

Published on 11th March 2015


Charlie and I go back to primary school!

Today has probably been one of the most enlightening days I have had here so far, and it had absolutely nothing to do with sports. Read More

Hot, hospitable and happy

Published on 9th March 2015


Hot, hospitable and happy

First impressions of my new home of Kokopo, East New Britain, can be summarised in three words: hot, hospitable and happy. Read More

Life at SASNOC

Published on 9th March 2015


Life at SASNOC

I recently tweeted, “Officially calling my next VSA blog ‘Patience is found when the weightlifters are training 40m away and the ground shakes’” – except then I decided that was too long for a title. But it is true nonetheless, and I think it is a fine way of opening... Read More

I'm finally here!

Published on 7th March 2015


I'm finally here!

The journey to Buka was long and tiring. I flew to Brisbane on Tuesday at 7am, met up with my fellow volunteer, Bryn, and we continued to Port Moresby (POM) to stay the night. POM is beautiful but difficult to get around safely so we were confined to the hotel. Read More

Welcome to Samoa

Published on 25th February 2015


Welcome to Samoa

It is currently at least 29’C, humidity somewhere in the 60% range, and absolutely tipping with rain. Apia is relatively predictable in the wet season. Read More

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