Amy Chan

Volunteer: Amy Chan

Bio:

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2008 - 2010


Contributions from Amy Chan

  1. Vanuatu A bridal shower, Paama style

    The oldest of the Avock family is my sister Lenneth age 24 who lives on another island with her daughter and husband to be. It’s not uncommon for couples to bear children before the official marriage ceremony. There are several parts to custom marriages that lead up to the actual religious union. Similar to our engagement parties and bridal/groom showers, one of them is when Aunties of the bride who had given the bride a name when she was born*, dress the bride. (*Most Ni-Vanuatu have severa...

  2. Vanuatu Bae yu go wea?

    I had the amazing and humbling honor to be asked by my high school to speak at their 2011 Commencement. My reflection and experiences are based on my Peace Corps service. Here is the transcript.   Principal Harrington, Teachers, members of the School Board, special guests, parents and especially the 2011 graduates, thank you for this honor to speak to you today. Wow, this is weird I just gave a talk like this to a group of students a few months ago…it was in a tiny village thousands of mile...

  1. Vanuatu Save the reefs

    Men in our village collecting crown of thorns which are destroying the reefs of Vanuatu

  2. Vanuatu A day in the garden

    Some of the hardest physical days were also some of the best days. Here we are busy planting yam in the family garden.

  3. Vanuatu Happy Children

    The children in Vanuatu...carefree, loving and happy. If only we could all take on the world with this hopeful and enthusiastic outlook and just maybe there could be peace on earth.  

  4. Vanuatu My mamas and laplap

    The beloved Paama Mamas in my village are the foundation for life on the islands. They go to the gardens, cook, wash and look after the children and household with little time for themselves. Their support, love, hard work and perseverance are an inspiration to me. 

  5. Vanuatu A Basket for Change

      What started out as workshops for women to come together, sew and share stories evolved into A Basket for Change.  55 women from Paama along with the help of two returned Peace Corps volunteers Amy Chan & Brianna Russell started “A Basket for Change” (ABC) where they have created a new style of bag or basket as Ni-Vanuatu call them using cotton material printed with Vanuatu’s vibrant colors and island motif.  www.abasketforchange.org

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.