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Volunteer stories


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

Daria's work at the Northern Care Youth Clinic, Vanuatu

Published on 14th July 2014


Daria's work at the Northern Care Youth Clinic, Vanuatu

Daria Romanos is on UniVol assignment as a Youth Worker at Northern Care Youth Clinic in Luganville, Vanuatu. Here, she gives us a brief introduction to her work. Read More

Surprisingly similar in Timor-Leste

Published on 10th July 2014


Surprisingly similar in Timor-Leste

Dili – exotic and strange? Or just like home? Del Bovill, volunteering at The Xanana Gusmao Reading Room, takes us through five ways Timor-Leste is surprisingly similar to New Zealand. Read More

Part two: As the sun comes up

Published on 6th July 2014


Part two: As the sun comes up

Chris Delaney is volunteering in Dili, Timor-Leste. Join him on part two of his morning walk. Read part one here. Read More

Film focus on the Solomon Islands

Published on 4th July 2014


Film focus on the Solomon Islands

Blair Millar has collected and edited videos of some of our volunteers in the Solomon Islands, talking about connecting people and transforming lives. Read More

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