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Leaving a legacy

Published on 2nd December 2016


In her latest update from Samoa, Catherine shares some exciting news: Read More

Only in Samoa

Published on 22nd November 2016


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Only in Samoa

As she wraps up 18 months on assignment, volunteer Kathryn Bilbe reflects on her time in Samoa... Read More

We are all peacebuilders in Solomon Islands

Published on 21st November 2016


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We are all peacebuilders in Solomon Islands

In her first blog post for VSA, Jane Rutledge shares what she believes "peace" means in her daily life in Solomon Islands. Read More

Teaching in Samoa: my top 5

Published on 17th November 2016


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Teaching in Samoa: my top 5

In her latest blog post, Catherine explains her top 5 reasons why she loves teaching and volunteering in Samoa: Read More

My first official function in Kiribati

Published on 9th November 2016


My first official function in Kiribati

In his first blog post for VSA, Kiribati-based Volunteer David Major shares details about his recent attendance at an official function hosted by the President. Read More

Big Bay Bush

Published on 14th October 2016


Big Bay Bush

Stephen Soole recently journeyed up to Santo to meet beef cattle farmers. He shares his experience with us... Read More

First for Tonga – a pearl design competition

Published on 11th October 2016


First for Tonga – a pearl design competition

Steve Hales updates us on the successful outcome of the inaugural Tongan Mabé Pearl Handicraft & Jewellery Competition. Read More

Stop the constant questioning

Published on 3rd October 2016


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Stop the constant questioning

Samoa-based volunteer Thoraya Abdul-Rassol learns to stop questioning life as a volunteer... Read More

Wrapping up my time in Vanuatu

Published on 12th September 2016


Wrapping up my time in Vanuatu

Returned volunteer Alan Withy reflects on his time in Vanuatu and the highlights of his assignment. Read More

The Pacific Way

Published on 7th September 2016


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The Pacific Way

Stephen Soole is impressed with a cross-cultural performance by children at Port Vila Central School... Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Veronika on We are all peacebuilders in Solomon Islands
    "Halo Jane,
    I loved reading your blog, everything you have mentioned is right-on.. once you get over the initial shock of the heat, humidity, constant sweating, rubbish, strange smells. There is a beauty that is hard to describe, the people here in Solomon Islands are truly some of the most gentle, caring we have ever met..
    We are expatriates living in Honiara, Bo works for a company long term work visa) I stay in our very comfy supplied accomodation (w ocean views) our home away from Oz..
    If you wish to meet other expatriates, we would welcome you to join us, sometime.. we love to go out a cple times a week, in the evenings to enjoy a meal at one of the half a dozen restaurants or cafe's.. we particularly requent the Coral Sea to listen to our fav band there..
    Here's our email addy: thegreenpockets2@gmail.com. contact me/ us and I can add our contact no.s..
    Ciao for now.. keep up the good work, look forward to catching up.. Veronika" - Veronika
  • Comment by Lagi Natanielu on Only in Samoa
    "Wow, hard to believe you are leaving us :((( shortly. I have certainly been an enriched and blessed recipient of the knowledge and expertise "Ms Kathryn" has shared during her time here in Samoa!! The successes and challenges shared in our LTS journey and sector wide have stretched me in many capacities!! Your influence in my professional development is invaluable and for that I am deeply thankful! I will definately miss you dearly and hope you come visit our "Island Home" again. I am thankful to God for the priviledge of crossing paths with you in Samoa and for our friendship, both professionally and personally. Faafetai tele lava for all your support in every way and look forward to hearing of your next season. I am sooo grateful for the foundational/fundamental learning you've shared and the legacy you leave behind in our work at the school and we shall endeavour to keep in mind that "evidence is the measure of success" ;))) Wishing you the best in all your future plans. God Bless you my friend!!
    Love & Blessings. Lagi & Jay :))" - Lagi Natanielu
  • Comment by Jill on We are all peacebuilders in Solomon Islands
    "And the great thing is, that with no ciguatera there, you can eat all those delicious fish!" - Jill
  • Comment by Sarah on Teaching in Samoa: my top 5
    "How awesome is this! Brilliant job Catherine. You are certainly making such a positive impact on everyone's lives!" - Sarah