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Host ID: 86170
Country: Vanuatu

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Last Updated: October 5, 2019

FYI we have a full schedule with Helpx volunteers. We are not taking any at this time.

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 two rooms 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.
You will be expected to help 4 hours a day.

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.
Our eating style is casual. Sometimes it is too hot to eat or cook. You can use the kitchen whenever you want to prepare something, or we can plan meals and cook together.

Malo is baking amazing bread for the villagers most days.

There is a very basic store on the island, but a large supermarket in Port Vila for you to purchase items before you arrive.

There is no electricity or running water on the island. We have recently purchase 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.
So we are a butcher and baker!

Our toilet is outside and we have bucket showers.

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 one cat. We raised 5 puppies and have given them away to neighbors. We should have sent them to another island as they keep coming home.

Smoking outside is okay.

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

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

Margaret and Malo

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