Sometimes the sea smiles.

Sunday 13 October On to Sa’a village. The only way to get from Afio to Sa’a is by ship or canoe. There is a road, but the bridge just past Afio washed out several years ago. So we load ourselves and our luggage into a canoe. Solomon Islanders have been carving and paddling wooden canoes […]

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The Modern Conveniences are (almost) here!

I’m afraid I left you all hanging with my last blog post.  So let me continue the journey with you. Saturday 12 October Afio – government substation for the southern region of Malaita province, nestled at the southern mouth of the passage between small Malaita and the main island. The Phoenix turns up the passage […]

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You’ll Never Get This at Denny’s

Friday 11 October The ship was scheduled to leave Honiara at 6 pm yesterday and we finally got underway about 6:45. I would definitely rate this as one of the nicer trips I’ve had by ship. The sea stayed calm, with only some gentle swells. I managed to get a few hours sleep stretched out […]

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A Trip to the Provinces

Those of you who follow Martha on Facebook will know that I made a trip to one of the provinces here in the Solomons a couple of weeks ago. During that time, I was out of communications contact, except for some occasional text messages to Martha and very short phone calls. However, I did do […]

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Heading Home

Well, after a very full two weeks here in East Timor, which followed two weeks spent in 3 Australian locations, and two weeks before that in the Solomon Islands, it’s time for this traveler to head home.  The suitcase is packed, I have a 5:30 AM taxi call at the hotel front desk, and I’m […]

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Breakfast in Dili

As with many hotels these days, the hotel where I am staying here in Dili, East Timor serves a complimentary breakfast.  Now East Timor is at a crossroads between Asia, the Pacific and Australia, and the hotel restaurant is run by ethnic Chinese.  So what would they serve for breakfast? Well as is typical, it’s […]

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Producing Story Books

  Over the past couple of days, the team has been working very hard to write small story books for children just learning to read.  The goal is to get as many as 80 small books produced in each of the three languages of the pilot project!     I have been helping them to […]

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Multilingual Education Advocacy

from Tim… On Wednesday of last week, the multilingual education team held a stakeholders meeting to report on the project so far, share implementation plans, and present important multilingual education concepts.  People from various non-government organizations attended, as well as educators and representatives from the Ministry of Education. I had been working with them all […]

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Tuesday 20 Nov

I’ve been meeting for the past two days with the national team who is responsible for implementing the multilingual education pilot program here in East Timor.  They are quality people and it has been a pleasure to work with them. Our focus these past two days has been to prepare for a stakeholders meeting that […]

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Hello from East Timor

from Tim Well, I’m now on the last phase of my trip, a two week stay in East Timor.  I’m in the capitol city, Dili, which as you can see is right on the coast. During my stay here, I’ll be working with a team of people from a local organization who are developing a […]

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