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Volunteer blogs


Tonga Easter holiday highlights

Published on 19th April 2016


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Tonga Easter holiday highlights

With my partner Paulette visiting from New Zealand over Easter, I was keen to show her the attractions of Tonga’s largest island, Tongatapu and ensure she had a memorable trip. Read More

National Disability Day in PNG

Published on 14th April 2016


National Disability Day in PNG

Norah Riddick shares how she celebrated National Disability Day 2016 in PNG... Read More

Why I am volunteering in Samoa

Published on 13th April 2016


Why I am volunteering in Samoa

Before I came to Samoa, a lot of people didn’t really understand what I would be doing and how it contributed to the bigger picture of development. Read More

Inaugural ICI Retreat / Workshop

Published on 12th April 2016


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Inaugural ICI Retreat / Workshop

Charlie Inggs reports back on the inaugural Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) workshop he recently attended in Rarotonga... Read More

Destination Vanuatu

Published on 5th April 2016


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Destination Vanuatu

Alan Withy is our newest volunteer blogger. As well as being a keen clarinetist, he loves to hike and go on tramps around New Zealand. Alan blogs about his expectations of Vanuatu and his forthcoming assignment… Read More

First impressions

Published on 4th April 2016


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First impressions

Ian and Maureen share their first impressions of the Samoan people... Read More

Orientation in Mangaliliu

Published on 30th March 2016


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Orientation in Mangaliliu

Stephen Soole is volunteering as a Agricultural Association Adviser for the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He describes his first month in Vanuatu, including orientation in a local village setting... Read More

Learning Languages

Published on 23rd March 2016


Learning Languages

Emily Gordon shares the challenges of her new role and her experience of World Vision Staff Week... Read More

First week in the Solomons

Published on 9th March 2016


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First week in the Solomons

Frances Brixey shares with us her first week on assignment in the Solomons… Read More

The weather in Samoa

Published on 8th March 2016


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The weather in Samoa

Ian and Maureen arrive in Samoa to unexpected weather challenges... Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by marie wilson on Tonga Easter holiday highlights
    "Hi Steve, How lovely to see and hear about Tonga from your perspective. Hope Paulette had a great time, it appears she did. Laurie and I will catch up with her soon to hear her stories. Such a picturesque place, would love to visit." - marie wilson
  • Comment by Mark Vincent on Inaugural ICI Retreat / Workshop
    "Kia orana Charlie
    I'm assuming that's the same Charlie who used to be at Auckland Council. In a previous incarnation I was at KDC, but a couple of lives before that I did a school leaver assignment in Fiji. I was actually looking for another ex-colleague when I saw your name, but how logical that you should be doing what you are doing, and where you should be doing it. I hope you are enjoying the new challenges coming your way.
    In the arena of strategic planning, I had cause to develop a business plan for a land care group I formed after being made redundant at KDC, and it has proved to be really helpful in a practical way, more than I appreciated when I was involved as part of a larger bureaucratic machine. I'm happy to share my email address if you'd like to chat directly.
    best wishes
    Mark" - Mark Vincent
  • Comment by Mark Vincent on Orientation in Mangaliliu
    "Dude! Sounds like you are onto it! Hey, if it was easy everyone would be doing it. If you think that you are gaining more than you are giving, you're probably in the right place. Now that I know you're blogging, I'll keep an eye out for you.
    My land care group is going from strength to strength, with a substantial grant from Living Water recently. It really does help to have a plan.
    Best wishes to you and Carolyn" - Mark Vincent
  • Comment by Deb on First impressions
    "I love reading your blog Maureen, and to see you happy. You've never shied away from the tough issues, and you deal fairly with people. You will be respected in Samoa. I haven't seen/experienced as much of Samoa as I would like to and I hope I return one day, finances permitting. Of course I love the Pacific as my favourite place to visit. Go well! Deb" - Deb