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Volunteer stories


A day in the life of a volunteer in Tonga

Published on 26th March 2015


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A day in the life of a volunteer in Tonga

Lesley Young takes us through a day in her life as an Adviser at the Women and Children Crisis Centre in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. Read More

Working with Narea Rural Training Centre in Vanuatu

Published on 9th March 2015


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Working with Narea Rural Training Centre in Vanuatu

Kurt Schmidli volunteered in Vanuatu from January 2013 to January 2015. He was on assignment as a Business and Marketing Adviser with the Anglican Church of Melanesia, working with their Rural Training Centres (RTC). He was accompanied by his wife and fellow volunteer, Christine, who worked as a Curriculum and Training Adviser... Read More

Sliding slowly into the past

Published on 3rd March 2015


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Sliding slowly into the past

Christine Schmidli volunteered in Vanuatu from January 2013 to January 2015. She was on assignment as a Curriculum and Training Adviser with the Anglican Church of Melanesia, working with their Rural Training Centres. She was accompanied by her husband and fellow volunteer, Kurt, who worked as a Business and Marketing... Read More

Mucking in for a hospital garden in Vanuatu

Published on 9th December 2014


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Mucking in for a hospital garden in Vanuatu

Jill Greenhalgh is on VSA assignment with the Farmers' Support Association in Port Vila. She writes about spending her spare time volunteering for a local gardening project. Read More

Waste Management and Health – Vanuatu

Published on 20th October 2014


Waste Management and Health – Vanuatu

Mary O’Reilly, volunteer Waste Management Adviser at Sanma Provincial Council and Luganville Municipal Council, writes about the link between waste management and health. Read More

Festival on Futuna

Published on 24th September 2014


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Festival on Futuna

Karen is volunteering as Programme Manager and Disability Adviser with CARE International, based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. This month, she went on an intrepid journey to visit Futuna Island. About 700 people live there in three main communities. Read More

Improving services for Samoa’s tourism industry

Published on 11th September 2014


Improving services for Samoa’s tourism industry

On Samoa’s “Big Island” of Savai’i, VSA volunteer Sara Roy has been working alongside tourist operators, fale owners and other small business people to put this beautiful part of the world on tourists’ must-see lists. Read More

A day in Lautem, Timor-Leste

Published on 9th September 2014


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A day in Lautem, Timor-Leste

Julia Sherriff is volunteering as an Early Childhood Programme Adviser for ChildFund. She has written about a recent home visit in a village outside of Dili. Read More

Tapu Tuisuga: a counsellor's story

Published on 6th September 2014


Tapu Tuisuga: a counsellor's story

Angie Enoka has been on assignment in Apia during the Small Island Developing States Conference, gathering and sharing VSA's Samoan stories. Here, she writes about Tapu Tuisuga, who began his assignment in mid-August. Read More

Stepping over the border of your comfort zone: Māori, Sign Language and culture

Published on 21st July 2014


Stepping over the border of your comfort zone: Māori, Sign Language and culture

Jacqui Iseli is on her third VSA assignment involving teaching Sign Language in the Asia-Pacific. For Māori Language week, she reflects on the importance of language and the challenges outside our comfort zones. Read More

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