Before we go any further, we will have to give you some background information. Our church (Hervey Bay Uniting Church) wanted to form a partnership with a church overseas. The minister Brian, who had a connection to Vanuatu, went over there and the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu suggested he go to a little village called Tautu on the island of Malekula (one of the most northern islands of Vanuatu). He met with the village and talked to the minister about coming over to Hervey Bay and doing some study in Sydney for a few days.
|Pastor Colen in Vanuatu|
|Daniel Nato and I at home in Hervey Bay|
Fast forward six months to about January this year and Alicja and I were seriously considering visiting over in Vanuatu and then had an idea of volunteering in their school. Alicja being an Occupational Therapist and me being a teacher, our skills could easily be used. I was thinking about teaching English in the primary school and Alicja working in the kindergarten with the younger children. It was then we called them up and asked them if we could come over in July and see if this was possible and they said they would talk to their school committee. After waiting a couple of weeks and a few delayed emails, we called them up again and they said that we could come over with me teaching and Alicja in the kindergarten.
So there you have it. What we know about the village so far is that there are around 200 or so people that live in the village. Internet is going to be an every now and again situation with us having to travel 4kms on the back of a 4WD for a couple of $'s which equates to about 200 Vanuatu Vatu (their currency). At the moment we are thinking that every 2 to 3 weeks we will make this trip and use some of the internet in this village (Lakatoro) and buy any essentials that we might need. The language situation is such: the locals speak an English dialect called Bislama which is the pidgin English of Vanuatu and some surrounding islands. That will be enough writing, now for some pictures. We haven't actually been there yet, but these are from our minister.
|The guest house where we are staying - (Colen's daughter at the bottom)|
|A local's home|
|The sea in the surrounding area|
|Some more houses|