The Voices of Pacific Island Nations (VOPIN) is committed to inspiring Pasefika students and families by providing high-quality, culturally responsive services and resources to address educational and opportunity inequities. We serve as a bridge to develop stronger relationships between students, families, schools, and the community.
Students and Families Served
Departments: Youth and Young Adults, Family Services, Arts and Culture
The Melanesia region include the four independent countries of Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea. The name Melanesia--etymologically--means "island of black [people], in reference to the dark skin of the inhabitants.
AMBRYM - the Black Island of Vanuatu...
The story of Junior and his cousin Ruth will make you wonder: What if? How can I make the world a better place?They live in Papua New Guinea, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, in the middle of one of the world's largest rainforests. Their journey is over a hundred kilometers in the so-called 'Land of 1000 Rivers,' a five-day journey that leads them through jungles and dangerous terrains just to get an education.
Ask yourself - What if? How can I make the world a better place?
The art of tattooing is thought to have originated from Polynesia, and the word tattoo is from the Samoan word “Tatau” (which means initiation) introduced in the English language by Captain James Cook after returning from his voyages in the South Pacific in the mid – 18th century. To be tattooed as a male or female is a rite of passage into the inner circle of chiefs.
Our programs are designed to augment the current educational practices with our Pacific Islander students' unique culture
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Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart ~ E. Andrew
Happiness springs from doing good and helping others ~ Plato
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