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Volunteer stories


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

Part one: A 45 minute morning walk in Dili

Published on 4th July 2014


Part one: A 45 minute morning walk in Dili

Chris Delaney is volunteering as a Mediation Adviser (Land Rights) with Belun, based in Dili, Timor-Leste. Join him on a brisk morning walk through his local neighbourhood. Read More

Celebrating our volunteers for National Volunteer Week

Published on 26th June 2014


Celebrating our volunteers for National Volunteer Week

June 15-21 was National Volunteer Week and we spent the time celebrating our volunteers across the Asia-Pacific region. Read More

10 reasons to volunteer in Bougainville

Published on 6th June 2014


10 reasons to volunteer in Bougainville

Returned VSA volunteer Cameron Griffiths and his partner Gema Ibáñez offer their 10 personal reasons to volunteer in Bougainville. Read More

10 reasons to volunteer in Papua New Guinea

Published on 30th May 2014


10 reasons to volunteer in Papua New Guinea

Returning VSA volunteer Mike Stewart offers his 10 personal reasons to volunteer in Papua New Guinea. Read More

Harry’s dream becomes a reality with VSA’s help

Published on 20th May 2014


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Harry’s dream becomes a reality with VSA’s help

Christine Schmidli is volunteering with her husband, Kurt, in Vanuatu as a Curriculum and Training Adviser for five Rural Training Centres (RTCs) run by the Anglican Church of Melanesia. She writes about how a chance meeting created a new lease on life for a retired forestry worker. Read More

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