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The environment: at the heart of our work

Published on 9th June 2017


The environment: at the heart of our work

Monday June 5 was World Environment Day. Read More

Cyclone Donna from the volunteer perspective

Published on 12th May 2017


Cyclone Donna from the volunteer perspective

Tropical Cyclone Donna left Vanuatu on May 9 after taking a long slow trajectory over the country. While full reports of the damage done, especially in the harder-hit northern regions, are yet to come in, our volunteers have already noticed the less obvious impacts cyclones can have. Read More

Sign Language Week a good reminder of deaf communities in the Pacific

Published on 8th May 2017


Sign Language Week a good reminder of deaf communities in the Pacific

This week is National Sign Language Week in New Zealand. It's a timely reminder of the struggles facing Deaf communities across the wider Pacific where we work. Read More

Remembering Sheena Hudson

Published on 18th April 2017


Remembering Sheena Hudson

Sheena Hudson, a dear member of the VSA whānau, passed away earlier this month. Carolyn Mark, VSA's former Volunteer Recruitment Manager, shares her memories of Sheena. Read More

Depression Awareness Week in Kiribati

Published on 13th April 2017


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Depression Awareness Week in Kiribati

A screengrab of the first text message sent as part of Depression Awareness Week in both Kiribati and English Read More

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2017

Published on 6th April 2017


International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2017

Today is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.  Read More

International Women's Day 2017

Published on 7th March 2017


International Women's Day 2017

Today is International Women's Day – and while there are reasons to celebrate, the World Economic Forum has estimated that the global inequalities between women and men in education, health, income and more, will not be closed until 2186. Read More

Vanuatu’s education sector recovering after Cyclone Pam

Published on 24th February 2017


 Vanuatu’s education sector recovering after Cyclone Pam

Nearly two years after Cyclone Pam swept through Vanuatu, Manua Primary School in North Efate has launched an Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE) Resource and Research Centre for the four and five-year-old children of the area. Around 80% of kindergartens and preschools in Vanuatu were destroyed by Cyclone Pam. Read More

Celebrating Waitangi Day as a volunteer abroad

Published on 9th February 2017


Celebrating Waitangi Day as a volunteer abroad

Waitangi Day commemorates the signing of New Zealand's founding document and as such, is always a special day of celebration for Kiwis across New Zealand and abroad. Our volunteers across the Pacific celebrated Waitangi Day 2017 in various ways, both formally and informally. Read More

Stephen Woolcott remembered in Netflix documentary

Published on 27th January 2017


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Stephen Woolcott remembered in Netflix documentary

A new Netflix documentary called Tales by Light has re-ignited interest in the work of tourism operator and VSA friend Stephen Woolcott and his business Kabaira Dive in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. Read More

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