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Category: Other
Host ID: 86170
Country: Vanuatu

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Last Updated: April 14, 2020

We are not taking any helpx at this time. The Vanuatu borders are closed.

We live in a village on the island of Nguna Vanuatu. Margaret is a New Zealander and Malo is a native of Vanuatu. We both speak English and Bislama.

From Port Vila you take a 40 minute van ride and then a 40 minute boat ride to reach our island.

Nguna has a dormant volcano which you can hike to with a village guide. It also has a marine reserve where you can snorkel. There are 1200 people living on Nguna.

We currently have one room available for a total of 2 people.

If you came to visit us you would take part in village life which includes gardening, collecting firewood, preparing food, doing laundry by hand, doing crafts with children, making concrete blocks for housing and construction work. There may also be opportunities to do community work and/or spending time in the local primary school.

We have enjoyed watching the village children adapt to our guests who come and go. They have never seen so many white people. They will shyly meet you and soon become your little companion, working alongside you and learning so much as you talk to them in English and explain what you are doing or talk about your country.

Meals would be island food including rice, island vegetables, island fruit etc that is in season. The main meal is at midday.
Our eating style is casual. Sometimes it is too hot to eat or cook.
You will be expected to help 3 hours a day and prepare your evening meal with items you have purchased in Port Vila before arrival. There is always fruit and coconuts available for you to use.

There is no electricity or running water on the island. We have a solar freezer which has made a huge difference in menu options. We also buy large quantities of meat in Port Vila which we freeze and sell to the villagers.
Malo makes bread once or twice a week to sell.

Our toilet and shower are outside.

The ocean is one minute away.

This is village life and we trust you will respect this. We will discuss protocol as needed.

Vanuatu is a developing country and it is a delight to share with you the lifestyle of these beautiful people.

The coolest temperature months are March thru Sept.

Children are welcome, but no pets. We currently have two cats, and a dog.

Smoking outside is okay.

Margaret loves playing cards!

We enjoy hosting. Since our start in Sept 2018 we have enjoyed meeting helpx from France, USA, Malaysia, Estonia, Austria, NZ, UK, Italy and Australia.

We look forward to your visit and once you have purchased your ticket we will send you detailed info on transport to the island and cultural expectations etc.

Margaret and Malo

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