From Tetun to Te Reo
VSA volunteer Rachel Hutchison plans to learn Te Reo on her return to New Zealand this month after learning Timor-Leste's official language, Tetun, during her 10-month posting in Dili, reports the Manawatu Standard.
Rachel, 23, is pictured above with volunteers at the Xanana Gusmao Reading Room where she is a library and museum assistant. It will be easier to learn Te Reo now she's had a taste of Tetun, Rachel says, as both languages have many similar words and sounds. Read more >
'We luv ya, Keem"
Of two million Australian newspaper articles published over the last five years, 0.70% were about Indonesia, 0.43% about New Zealand, 0.13% about Kim Kardashian, 0.13% about PNG and 0.07% about Fiji.
(Source: DevPolicy Blog, 30 Sept 2016)
Rural radio from New Zealand to Cambodia
Retired rural broadcaster John Gordon (right), who is well-known for his television work on Country Calendar and A Dog's Show, revealed his VSA background in a recent Southland Times profile.
John, now 72, went to Cambodia in 2009 for a two-year stint as a communications adviser and staff trainer in agriculture. “I also developed a radio programme for Cambodian farmers," he says. "It’s still going, I’m thrilled to say.” From 2003-2004, he was a farm manager and an agricultural teacher in Bougainville. Read more >
Spreading the word
Thanks to these returned volunteers who talked about their VSA adventures to a combined audience of more than 300 people at speaking engagements during November: Peter Ward (at South Wairarapa Rotary), Sue Lancaster (Hornby Combined Probus), Warwick and Jo Bowden (Orewa Rotary), Arnold Hawkins (Waikanae Central Probus) and Philippa Robinson (Avondale Ladies Probus).
So far this year over 2400 New Zealanders have heard talks by returned volunteers. If you're keen to be a speaker or would like some support for a planned talk, contact VSAConnect.