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Volunteer stories


A courageous teen teaching Literacy in Vanuatu

Published on 18th April 2014


A courageous teen teaching Literacy in Vanuatu

Christine Schmidli is volunteering as a Curriculum and Training Adviser to the Anglican Church of Melanesia in Luganville, Santo. She trained Lisa, and now this inspiring young woman is working to pass on literacy and numeracy skills in her village. Read More

Tonga reflection

Published on 11th April 2014


Tonga reflection

David Dally volunteered in Tonga from February 2013 until February 2014. He was accompanied by his wife and fellow volunteer, Suzanne. Read More

Cristina

Published on 10th April 2014


Cristina

Cristina has lived in Arlo her entire life. Arlo is a town of 250 people, an hour’s drive from Atauro Island’s port – though no one in the village has a car or even a bike. Read More

Catarina

Published on 10th April 2014


Catarina

Timor-Leste is one of the world’s newest nations. It was once a Portuguese colony, but was annexed by Indonesia in 1975. Violent turmoil led to UN intervention, and it became an internationally recognised independent state in 2002. Read More

Simon Marsters

Published on 21st March 2014


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Simon Marsters

Volunteer Simon is a chemical engineer and businessman who has held numerous directorships in different fields. While he’s worked in the developing world before, he’s never worked in development itself – his daughter met VSA CEO Gill Greer and told him he should give it a go! Read More

Meriam Soares

Published on 21st March 2014


Meriam Soares

Atauro is an island of 8000 people and few amenities. Its residents often travel hours for school, work and to get to the market. Like most women on Atauro Island, Meriam Soares’ average day is physically demanding. Read More

We are connected – we are transformed

Published on 21st March 2014


We are connected – we are transformed

Hardship in the Pacific is hidden beneath a beautiful mask. The picture postcard views, exotic locations, sun and sand hide that fact that fully one-fifth of all people in Pacific Island nations live in hardship, unable to meet their basic needs for food, water and healthcare. Read More

Adao Marques

Published on 21st March 2014


Adao Marques

Fifty-four-year-old Adao Marques has lived in the village of Beloi, on Atauro Island, his whole life. Atauro is one of the poorest provinces of Timor-Leste, its citizens living off the land and what small amount they can make from fishing or growing produce. Read More

Ariana Simões de Almeida

Published on 21st March 2014


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Ariana Simões de Almeida

Ariana, a lawyer who’d been working with international NGOs in London, moved to Timor-Leste in 2008 with her husband, Filipe Alfaiate, who is Timorese on his mother’s side. They quickly realised that there was a need to do development differently: “to go to the communities and work with them and... Read More

Photo essay: Atauro island

Published on 21st March 2014


Photo essay: Atauro island

Atauro is a small island of 8000 people 25km north of Dili. VSA and our partners at Empreza Di’ak are working with the community on Atauro to preserve traditional culture and develop business opportunities that will ensure sustainable livelihoods. Read More

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