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Mobile data collection makes a positive impact in the Pacific

Published on 16th January 2017


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Mobile data collection makes a positive impact in the Pacific

By Kate Davidson Read More

Obrigada barak Timor-Leste

Published on 12th January 2017


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Obrigada barak Timor-Leste

Wrapping up her assignment in Timor-Leste, Birgit Hermann shares her thoughts on an incredible 12 months of challenge and triumph. Read More

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

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