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Teaching for the future in Timor-Leste

Published on 30th November 2016


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Teaching for the future in Timor-Leste

By Alex Wilson Read More

Lunch on the ring of Fire

Published on 25th November 2016


Lunch on the ring of Fire

Rabaul is famous for its volcanoes but it also has something in common with Rotorua: hot springs. Volunteer Kurt Schmidli knew cooking in hot springs was a traditional method for Māori living in geothermal regions, but never dreamt he'd do the same thing on Easter Sunday in Papua New Guinea. Read More

Who's afraid of PNG?

Published on 9th November 2016


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Who's afraid of PNG?

Who’s afraid of PNG?  “Not me,” said Finn. “Not me,” said Christine. “Not me,” said Kurt. Read More

Making a difference as an accompanying partner

Published on 27th October 2016


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Making a difference as an accompanying partner

“When I knew we were coming to Vanuatu, I wanted to help but didn't think I had much to offer,” says Carolyn Soole, an accompanying partner to volunteer Stephen Soole in Vanuatu, “I can sew and I love kids, so I said I want to help teach women to sew... Read More

Clean Up Vanuatu Day 2016

Published on 25th October 2016


As part of her role as Communications Assistant for the Luganville Municipal Council, volunteer Annah Stevens assisted with Clean Up Vanuatu Day recently. Here’s her description of the day: Read More

Ukuleles of Luganville

Published on 24th October 2016


Ukuleles of Luganville

Luganville-based volunteer Kay Clarke tells the story of how the Ukes of Luganville got started... Read More

“My boys” in Kiribati

Published on 13th September 2016


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“My boys” in Kiribati

By Gerda Pentinga Read More

Local illustrator wins award with Hillary picture book

Published on 15th August 2016


Local illustrator wins award with Hillary picture book

Congratulations to David Hill and Phoebe Morris for their Children’s Book Award! Read More

The Xanana Gusmao Reading Room Celebrates 16 years

Published on 18th July 2016


The Xanana Gusmao Reading Room Celebrates 16 years

Written by Alex Wilson (accompanying partner to VSA volunteer Marie-Jo Wilson) Read More

Surf competition at Teaoraereke Beach

Published on 17th June 2016


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Surf competition at Teaoraereke Beach

By John Hermann  Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Catharina Williams-van Klinken on Teaching for the future in Timor-Leste
    "As the director of language studies at Dili Institute of Technology I confirm we've really benefited from Gerda and Angela's creative and cooperative work. Now our team of keen young teachers have good materials to work with as they push their skills into totally new areas of English." - Catharina Williams-van Klinken
  • Comment by Terry Kennaway on Safe turtle
    "I lived on Tarawa as a child in the 1950s. A fisherman gave me two baby turtles as pets, but after a few weeks I couldn't bear to keep them confined any longer, so released them both on the ocean side of Bairiki. Perhaps, just perhaps this turtle is one of those. Long may she live." - Terry Kennaway
  • Comment by Bob on Ten things we've learnt working in Vanuatu
    "Just reading your ten things learnt in Vanuatu with a big smile on my face so true and so much more ,,it's a wonderful place to live to overcome the culture of the western world where time is money and we think money is power ,,the rules of the west ha e no place here ,,it is a place for the learning of patience and kindness and sharing the laughter and the sorrow and giving till there's nothing left , the people are not only some of the poorest but the richest in culture and faith ,,a good place to go to see the worst in you leave and the best arrive a great place to go to see how corrupt our culture is in Australia and see what it can be when you take away everything in the temporal a great place to go and find yourself and make your peace the world" - Bob
  • Comment by Dianne Hambrook on Who's afraid of PNG?
    "Great to see you're enjoying PNG so much, Kurt and Christine!" - Dianne Hambrook