Papua New Guinea

VSA has been in Papua New Guinea since 1970 and works with partners to strengthen the quality of education, community support networks and secure livelihoods for rural people. Since 2005 we have concentrated our efforts to work in the New Guinea Islands' three provinces: East New Britain, West New Britain and New Ireland. Our volunteers work for local government and NGO partner organisations in such diverse areas as agricultural advice, gender equality, and IT training.
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What are YOU looking at? Underwater curiosity, from Liv in PNG.

Underwater curiosity, from Liv in PNG.

Liv's taken a break from her assignment in Bougainville to see some of the sights of PNG.

Volunteering Papua New Guinea Liv's taken a break from her assignment in Bougainville to see some of the sights of PNG.

We asked our volunteers, what's the most useful thing you packed? Joe, volunteering in PNG, says: "Good strong cord. 3mm Dyneema cord is fine and light and can hold a working load of 700kg. I've used it for fixing all manner of things: broken bags, a broken gutter, I've built a hanging wardrobe with it, built a swing, towed a car, temporarily held together a broken trailer axle, tied up a dog and have even used it as a washing line in a pinch. Awesome stuff. Wouldn't leave home without it."

We asked our volunteers, what's the most useful thing you packed? Joe, volunteering in PNG, says: "Good strong cord. 3mm Dyneema cord is fine and light and can hold a working load of 700kg. I've used it for fixing all manner of things: broken bags, a broken gutter, I've built a hanging wardrobe with it, built a swing, towed a car, temporarily held together a broken trailer axle, tied up a dog and have even used it as a washing line in a pinch. Awesome stuff. Wouldn't leave home without it."

A magnificent butterfly in PNG, photo taken by VSA volunteer Bruce Johnson

A magnificent butterfly in PNG, photo taken by VSA volunteer Bruce Johnson

Sam, volunteering in PNG, reflects on community & family.

Sam, volunteering in PNG, reflects on community & family.

Meet Howard, our manager in PNG.

An interview with Howard Iseli, Programme Manager (Papua New Guinea)

"This was a day that was an important step in me understanding what Kabaleo is trying to achieve in Papua New Guinea." Sam blogs from PNG.

"This was a day that was an important step in me understanding what Kabaleo is trying to achieve in Papua New Guinea." Sam blogs from PNG.

"She gave me my first bush knife on my birthday, we danced together for hours in a little village in a faraway island, went on crazy banana boat rides, climbed active volcanoes, jumped from trees into the warm  water. We looked after each other when sick. But mostly we sat and talked about life, about development, about inequality, about our passion for education, all whilst fighting the heat with a delicious kulau (drinking coconut) in hand!" Lorena writes about her fellow volunteer…

"She gave me my first bush knife on my birthday, we danced together for hours in a little village in a faraway island, went on crazy banana boat rides, climbed active volcanoes, jumped from trees into the warm water. We looked after each other when sick. But mostly we sat and talked about life, about development, about inequality, about our passion for education, all whilst fighting the heat with a delicious kulau (drinking coconut) in hand!" Lorena writes about her fellow volunteer…

"My 10 months in PNG are at an end. Wow, what a year it has been!" Liv's final blog reflects on her time and work as a VSA UniVol in Papua New Guinea.

"My 10 months in PNG are at an end. Wow, what a year it has been!" Liv's final blog reflects on her time and work as a VSA UniVol in Papua New Guinea.

Top 12 photos of 2014: Jacqui Iseli, "Teaching sign language in PNG"

Top 12 photos of Jacqui Iseli, "Teaching sign language in PNG"

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