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Willingness

Published on 15th February 2017


Willingness

In her last post from Samoa, Thoraya explains why she feels volunteering is a true partnership. Read More

Western Delight – Go West Solomon Islands

Published on 15th February 2017


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Western Delight – Go West Solomon Islands

Jane Rutledge gets a rare chance to explore the tropical delights of the Western Province. Read More

Kokopo, hidden gem of the Pacific (Part 4 - security)

Published on 8th February 2017


Kokopo, hidden gem of the Pacific (Part 4 – security)

In the final instalment of this four part series, Kokopo-based volunteer Finn Egan shares more reasons why he loves being on assignment in Papua New Guinea... Read More

You Time

Published on 3rd February 2017


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You Time

Volunteer Thoraya Abdul-Rassol discovers a new passion in Samoa... Read More

Kokopo, hidden gem of the Pacific (Part 3 – the food)

Published on 1st February 2017


Kokopo, hidden gem of the Pacific (Part 3 – the food)

In this four part series, Kokopo-based volunteer Finn Egan shares all the reasons why he loves being on assignment in Papua New Guinea... Read More

Kokopo, hidden gem of the Pacific (Part 2 – the places)

Published on 9th January 2017


Kokopo, hidden gem of the Pacific (Part 2 – the places)

In part two of this four part series, Kokopo-based volunteer Finn Egan shares more reasons why he loves being on assignment in Papua New Guinea... Read More

Kokopo, hidden gem of the Pacific (Part 1 – the people)

Published on 12th December 2016


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Kokopo, hidden gem of the Pacific (Part 1 – the people)

In this four part series, Kokopo-based volunteer Finn Egan shares all the reasons why he loves being on assignment in Papua New Guinea... Read More

Leaving a legacy

Published on 2nd December 2016


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Leaving a legacy

In her latest update from Samoa, Catherine shares some exciting news: Read More

Only in Samoa

Published on 22nd November 2016


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Only in Samoa

As she wraps up 18 months on assignment, volunteer Kathryn Bilbe reflects on her time in Samoa... Read More

We are all peacebuilders in Solomon Islands

Published on 21st November 2016


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We are all peacebuilders in Solomon Islands

In her first blog post for VSA, Jane Rutledge shares what she believes "peace" means in her daily life in Solomon Islands. Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Jill Greenhalgh on Western Delight – Go West Solomon Islands
    "Yes, Jane, while I didn't get to Marovo I did get to Kolombangara and I found the Western Province a unacknowledged place of beauty. Visiting Munda and surrounds was a highlight in my 2016 year. It is a shame it is so little known." - Jill Greenhalgh
  • Comment by Jane Vaafusuaga on You Time
    "You're so awesome Thoraya! " - Jane Vaafusuaga
  • Comment by Michelle on You Time
    "One of them most inspiring VSA blog post I have read! Not only in terms of the way in which you were embraced and loved in this tiny part of the Pacific but also your immense courage in showing up despite very real fears, based on real past experience, of what might happen to you. I don't think you are tooting your own horn at all ... I think you are telling us a real story of human love and understanding and I think we need more stories like that to inspire us everyday. I know nothing of the details of your assignment but I suspect the impact of your work and involvement in the community reaches far beyond what you think. Nga mihi aroha." - Michelle
  • Comment by Amora Chris on Butterflies in Bougainville
    "Wants to see the Bougainville blue butterflies" - Amora Chris