Vanuatu

Projects in Vanuatu

Education

Volunteers in our Literacy Project (LP) - also known as our Vanuatu Information Technology and English Literacy (VITEL) project - work closely with village/government appointed teachers to improve the quality of education throughout Vanuatu.  By promoting opportunities in primary/secondary grade levels to enhance English literacy, Volunteers serve as ‘literacy champions’ in their communities. Volunteers build a strong English literacy foundation by:

  • Assisting in developing and implementing new literacy strategies, or enhancing strategies that have already been developed and currently exist in Vanuatu
  • Training professional and untrained or uncertified teachers to use these strategies effectively; and
  • Assisting primary school students to improve their reading and writing skills

Volunteers work with teachers, co-planning and co-teaching English literacy, as a way to enhance teacher’s confidence. Volunteers are tasked with searching for opportunities to strengthen and upgrade the capacity of teachers through collaborating with their counterpart on a daily basis. Through establishment of good relationships with the headmaster, teachers, ministry of education officials, chiefs, school committee members and other school staff, Volunteers conduct participatory assessments, identify and develop activities based on need, as well as implement and monitor students’ progress.  The Education Sector in Vanuatu is dynamic. Education Volunteers will find that they are a lynchpin in the community and play an important part in the growth and development of the villages they serve.

Health

Volunteers working in the Community Health (CH) project assist local health care providers to implement national and provincial basic health strategies. Volunteers work to maximize the ability of communities, families, and individuals to promote and strengthen their own good health, facilitate community awareness and education in the area of preventive health, and strengthen the service delivery system to provide curative intervention when necessary. Health Volunteers work with everyone in their communities – from village health care workers, nurses, and teachers to water committees, church leaders, and parents.  Health Volunteers conduct community health surveys with the populations they serve in order to prioritize the needs of the community.  

 

Volunteers work directly with their counterparts to address some of the following issues:

  • Family health and wellness, including maternal and child health, respiratory illnesses and other communicable diseases, first aid, and others
  • Sexual reproductive health (SRH) and HIV/AIDS/STI prevention for youth and adults
  • Non-communicable disease awareness and prevention (including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cardiovascular diseases and cancer) and nutrition awareness
  • Environmental health awareness and education, including food-borne, water-borne, and vector-borne disease and water and sanitation practices (WASH)

Whether helping with the design and build of toilets to assisting an expecting mother with researching healthy meal plans, it is a privilege to serve as a Health Volunteer in Vanuatu. These Volunteers play a vital role in the health and well-being of the communities they serve.