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Volunteer photos

Enjoy the photos taken by our VSA volunteers.


April 2014 photo of the month

Published on 16th April 2014


April 2014 photo of the month

April's photo of the month was taken by Kees Sprengers, formerly an accompanying partner in Timor-Leste, who went back on special assignment to take some photos for us. Read More

March 2014 photo of the month

Published on 30th March 2014


March 2014 photo of the month

March's photo of the month was sent in by Olivia Loftus, who is on UniVol assignment in PNG. Read More

February 2014 photo of the month

Published on 21st February 2014


February 2014 photo of the month

February's feature photo was sent in by Rosie Paterson, who was on UniVol assignment in Papua New Guinea in 2013. Read More

January 2014 photo of the month

Published on 30th January 2014


January 2014 photo of the month

January's photo of the month was sent in by Sarah Gwynn, who was on UniVol assignment in Samoa in 2013. Read More

Top 12 photos of 2013

Published on 21st December 2013


Top 12 photos of 2013

Every year we receive hundreds of stunning photos from our volunteers, staff and supporters across the wider Pacific. We've chosen our top 12 favourites (one for each month) from among those we've shared online in 2013. Read More

Top 12 photos of 2013: Rob Wait, “Live to give something that will live on”

Published on 19th December 2013


Top 12 photos of 2013: Rob Wait, “Live to give something that will live on”

This is the entrance of Arte Moris (school and cultural centre) in Dili. Evang and Arui (pictured) live and paint in the tiny room behind them. The space also doubles up as a tattoo parlour. Read More

Top 12 photos of 2013: Hannah and Mike Stewart, “Diving”

Published on 19th December 2013


 Top 12 photos of 2013: Hannah and Mike Stewart, “Diving”

Papua New Guinea is consistently ranked among the top 10 diving destinations in the world. “The coast, where reef walls drop to inky depths just metres from magnificent beaches to provide some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world.” (Lonely Planet) Read More

Top 12 photos of 2013: Anne Simmons, “North Ambrym chief”

Published on 19th December 2013


Top 12 photos of 2013: Anne Simmons, “North Ambrym chief”

Anne and Eric Simmons volunteered as photo journalists from May-October 2013. Together, they sailed around the islands of Vanuatu on their yacht “Reflection”. This photo was taken during the two-day Rom festival at Fanla, North Ambrym. This man was a chief from a neighbouring village attending the festival. Read More

Top 12 photos of 2013: Kylie Enoka, “Pikinini spectacles”

Published on 19th December 2013


Top 12 photos of 2013: Kylie Enoka, “Pikinini spectacles”

During her time as a UniVol, Kylie spent a weekend out in a village east of Guadalcanal. “During our time at the village, we got to hang out with lots of the children. They taught us how to weave and we played a game that was a mix between bull... Read More

Top 12 photos of 2013: Mike Stewart “Bride price ceremony”

Published on 19th December 2013


Top 12 photos of 2013: Mike Stewart “Bride price ceremony”

Mike Stewart worked as a Teacher Trainer at Vunapope School in PNG, while his wife, Hannah, was VSA’s in-country Programme Manager. The ceremony was undertaken to formally initiate Mike and Hannah into Tolai society (the Tolai clan is the predominate clan in Kokopo).  As part of the bride price ceremony,... Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Shona Jennings on VSA Photo essay: Taking taxis
    "What an awesome set of photos. This would make a fabulous exhibition! I like the ones where you get a hint of who the driver is. " - Shona Jennings
  • Comment by Colin Law on VSA Photo Essay: a Samoan celebration
    "As a 1964 VSA volunteer in Samoa I was interested to read about this 50th anniversary event. I have revisited Samoa several times and continue to be amazed at the developments over the past 49 years. I lived in Samoa for 5½ years and since then I have followed progress through newspapers and contact with Samoan families." - Colin Law
  • Comment by Alison Holmes on Volunteer photo essay: on the go on assignment in Bougainville
    "A wonderful set of pictures to capture the highs and some of the lows of Bougainville, Liz. Sister Lorraine is inspiring and the work she and you are doing is so worthwhile. The enthusiasm of the nuns and their laughter remains with me. I just love the way food and plants go all around Papua New Guinea - if they had Australian state border security it would be a nightmare! Bougainville - a beautiful island and special and sad place (through my western eyes)." - Alison Holmes
  • Comment by Zoe McKay on VSA Photo essay: Taking taxis
    "Great pics Ros - I wonder if the drivers can actually see out the window very well with all the stickers etc" - Zoe McKay