Valentine's Day - we love where we work

Valentines to the countries we work in and the people we work with.
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"This island is home to what I think maybe the friendliest humans on earth, is dominated by a live, although gentle, volcano and is a magical and relaxing place. The place represents to me all I love about Ni-Vanuatu culture and geography, relaxed subsistence lifestyle on crazy tropical geography. When staying in this house, you are awoken by students singing in the chapel at 6AM every day, waking you in a daze of beautiful harmony. I love this place."

"This island is home to what I think maybe the friendliest humans on earth, is dominated by a live, although gentle, volcano and is a magical and relaxing place. The place represents to me all I love about Ni-Vanuatu culture and geography, relaxed subsistence lifestyle on crazy tropical geography. When staying in this house, you are awoken by students singing in the chapel at 6AM every day, waking you in a daze of beautiful harmony. I love this place."

Valentine's Day - we love our VSA family and our Pacific and Timor-Leste partner countries. #ValentinesDay

Valentine's Day - we love our VSA family and our Pacific and Timor-Leste partner countries. #ValentinesDay

Spreading the love for Samoa.

Spreading the love for Samoa.

A keepsake from a loved one (in this case, Samoa).

A keepsake from a loved one (in this case, Samoa).

Kees is accompanying his partner, Dorothy, on her VSA assignment in Timor-Leste.

Kees is accompanying his partner, Dorothy, on her VSA assignment in Timor-Leste.

Where it began - a love note for Vanuatu from Diane, who started as a VSA volunteer there and is now Country Programme Manager.

Where it began - a love note for Vanuatu from Diane, who started as a VSA volunteer there and is now Country Programme Manager.

Buka Passage - a treasure trove of second-hand shopping in Bougainville.

Buka Passage - a treasure trove of second-hand shopping in Bougainville.

"People gather here to use the playground or the free wifi or just sit and take in the harbour views. I love this place."

"People gather here to use the playground or the free wifi or just sit and take in the harbour views. I love this place."

"This is a quiet space for me to relax at the end of the day and at weekends, sitting in the garden reading, having people over for lunch on my verandah, the occasional BBQ. My landlady and her family come over to my house after church on Sundays and tend the garden, which we all do together, until I produce juice, coffee and cake and then we sit and gossip about the weather, politics, the price of food in the market - anything to practice my Tetun on them and their English on me."

"This is a quiet space for me to relax at the end of the day and at weekends, sitting in the garden reading, having people over for lunch on my verandah, the occasional BBQ. My landlady and her family come over to my house after church on Sundays and tend the garden, which we all do together, until I produce juice, coffee and cake and then we sit and gossip about the weather, politics, the price of food in the market - anything to practice my Tetun on them and their English on me."

Hannah Stewart sends a love note from PNG.

Hannah Stewart sends a love note from PNG.


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CPM Alexa Funnell sent us this photos from the the village stay where all the volunteers stay for a weekend when they arrive in the Solomons. "Family is at the centre of all Solomon Island politics, society and economy, and this beautiful family provides a great introduction that is always a lasting memory for volunteers."

CPM Alexa Funnell sent us this photos from the the village stay where all the volunteers stay for a weekend when they arrive in the Solomons. "Family is at the centre of all Solomon Island politics, society and economy, and this beautiful family provides a great introduction that is always a lasting memory for volunteers."

5 Tips For a Better Life Starting Today Based on Subsistence Living | mytropicalescape.com

5 Tips For a Better Life Starting Today Based on Subsistence Living | mytropicalescape.com

Judith Moffett wanted to be a full-time subsistence farmer: a homesteader. She settled instead for just one year of living close to the land, temporarily forsaking her academic and writing careers to devote herself, with her husband’s help, to a one-acre plot in a suburb outside Philadelphia.

Judith Moffett wanted to be a full-time subsistence farmer: a homesteader. She settled instead for just one year of living close to the land, temporarily forsaking her academic and writing careers to devote herself, with her husband’s help, to a one-acre plot in a suburb outside Philadelphia.

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Traditional subsistence living under current economic conditions

Traditional subsistence living under current economic conditions

Don't let bad reviews deter customers from eating at your restaurant; fix bad restaurant reviews.

Don't let bad reviews deter customers from eating at your restaurant; fix bad restaurant reviews.

I am not a "dissatisfied" American. I have never had a desire to move out of the country. The freedom and principles of the U.S. are a treasure, but living there has gotten very hard since losing my job in the recession. So imagine my surprise to find that while a Social Security income will give you a subsistence level of living in the U.S.—it will practically give you a luxury lifestyle in Costa Rica...

I am not a "dissatisfied" American. I have never had a desire to move out of the country. The freedom and principles of the U.S. are a treasure, but living there has gotten very hard since losing my job in the recession. So imagine my surprise to find that while a Social Security income will give you a subsistence level of living in the U.S.—it will practically give you a luxury lifestyle in Costa Rica...

2Seeds Network is just one of many organizations that train volunteers to serve abroad.  The organization's volunteer project coordinators live in rural Tanzania for one year and build projects targeted at area subsistence farmers. Full article: http://www.examiner.com/article/volunteering-abroad-not-limited-to-college-students

2Seeds Network is just one of many organizations that train volunteers to serve abroad. The organization's volunteer project coordinators live in rural Tanzania for one year and build projects targeted at area subsistence farmers. Full article: http://www.examiner.com/article/volunteering-abroad-not-limited-to-college-students

Traditional means of subsistence living

Traditional means of subsistence living

The Peruvian reed islanders living on Lake Titicaca subsist on a very low income, yet they have installed solar panels throughout the 30 some different floating reed islands.

The Peruvian reed islanders living on Lake Titicaca subsist on a very low income, yet they have installed solar panels throughout the 30 some different floating reed islands.

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