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Volunteer stories


The crowd goes wild

Published on 26th August 2015


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The crowd goes wild

John Marsh writes from Samoa, where he is volunteering as a Landscaping Adviser, about the All Blacks v Manu Samoa game in July 2015. Read More

A big day in Apia

Published on 26th August 2015


A big day in Apia

John Marsh writes from Samoa, where he is volunteering as a Landscaping Adviser, about the opening of a new playground in Apia. Read More

The Tongan coronation

Published on 15th July 2015


The Tongan coronation

Lesley Young, volunteering at the Women and Children Crisis Centre, writes about the recent coronation in Tonga. Read More

My umbrella

Published on 25th June 2015


My umbrella

Volunteer Ann Green looks at life on assignment in Bougainville, via the most useful thing she packed. Read More

Literacy classes in Vanuatu

Published on 9th May 2015


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Literacy classes in Vanuatu

Daria Romanos is on UniVol assignment as a Youth Worker at the Northern Care Youth Centre (NCYC) in Luganville, Vanuatu. Like many of our volunteers (and their accompanying partners), she has been looking for ways to do even more than her original assignment entailed. Read More

The less obvious impacts of Cyclone Pam

Published on 21st April 2015


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The less obvious impacts of Cyclone Pam

When a cyclone tears through, the immediate concern is for yourself, your neighbours, your village and your island. Read More

Tourism is cruising along in Vanuatu

Published on 2nd April 2015


Tourism is cruising along in Vanuatu

VSA has supported tourism development in Santo for a number of years. Jim Bennie is currently volunteering as Business Management Adviser with Elwood J Euart Association, based in Luganville, Vanuatu. He writes about the progress of tourism development in Espiritu Santo. Read More

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

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