Ceduna mother and daughter help out in Vanuatu

Ceduna resident Barbara Dickson and her daughter Kasi Palmer recently had the chance to help with conservation efforts and contributing to the community during their stay in Vanuatu last month.

Ms Dickson and Kasi travelled to Vanuatu on April 11 and the two spent their time in the small village of Worasiviu on the island of Pele, located about 18 kilometres north of the main island of Efate.

During their stay they helped create coral cages to create man-made coral reefs in the bay, which involved gathering coral fragments which were then planted onto cages and installed into the seabed.

Other work included marking out conservation zones with buoys and planting trees.

Ms Dickson said she had been to Vanuatu in the past and saw how sad many of the islanders were about the state of their coral reefs, so she decided to do her bit.

"I thought it might be a good way to give back," she said.

Ms Dickson said there were about 80 people in the village, one of four villages on the island, and they were the only two western people staying there.

She said she learned how the people on the island lived their lives and how, despite having different beliefs and religions they were all willing to work on projects to benefit everyone.

"The village worked together on a water scheme, they all worked together putting in pipes and setting up the solar system," she said.

"They worked together as a village on village projects and worked together as an island on island projects."

Ms Dickson and Kasi did their volunteering through The Green Lion, an organisation which gives people the chance to be actively involved in travel, such as in education programs, leisure travel and environmental conservation.

The pair returned to Australia at the end of April and Ms Dickson said she loved her time being involved with the local people in Vanuatu.

"It's more rewarding than sitting in a resort...or lining up for the buffet," she said.

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