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SolarSPELL Influence in Vanuatu: lett...

Nancy, a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in Vanuatu, shares her experience using the SolarSPELL digital library in her village during her service: Early in my service, two teenaged girls who were home on school break came to me needing help with a research assignment.  There were no books or reference materials of any kind in […]

Vanuatu Travel Post: Field Report fro...

Chloe, an undergraduate student from ASU’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions, joined the SolarSPELL project this year and traveled with the team to Vanuatu. The following is an anecdote from her experience: It was our first full day on Malekula Island and we were going to visit three Peace Corps volunteer sites on the Island. The […]

Vanuatu Travel Posts: Field Report fr...

CJ, a Doctor of Nursing Practice student from ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, joined the SolarSPELL team this year and traveled with the team to Vanuatu. Her applied doctoral project focused on helping address low back pain issues among Peace Corps volunteers and citizens of Vanuatu. The following are her travel posts: 12/8/2017 […]

ASU SolarSPELL Team at ICT Days Confe...

ASU SolarSPELL Team at ICT Days Conference in Vanuatu

The ASU SolarSPELL team’s final two days in Vanuatu were spent at the national ICT Days conference, May 17-18. The conference proved to be a fantastic opportunity for the team to explain, demonstrate, and all around talk about the SolarSPELL and the Library Lab. The team never would have imagined such a level of interest! […]

SolarSPELL Site Visit to Nguna Island...

The ASU SolarSPELL team’s third site visit was to Nancy’s village of in Nguna on Monday, May 15, 2017. With a village population of about 130 and no electricity, running water, or Internet connectivity, this village faces significant challenges. To give one example, there is no school beyond a kindergarten. All schoolchildren must travel to […]

SolarSPELL Team site visit to Lelepa ...

SolarSPELL Team site visit to Lelepa Island, Vanuatu

On Saturday, May 13, the ASU SolarSPELL team was thrilled at having the opportunity to join Peace Corps volunteers Katie and Jack as they traveled back to their “home” island of Lelepa. There was a crowd of children at the pier, all of whom were elated to see Katie, whom they knew as their teacher. […]

SolarSPELL Visit to Epau Village, Van...

SolarSPELL Visit to Epau Village, Vanuatu

Cyclone Donna—a category 5 Cyclone that passed near to Vanuatu on May 8 & 9—effectively canceled our plans to travel to Ambae and Maewo Islands, respectively, to see Peace Corps volunteers in-action, visit their schools and health care centers, and carry out impact evaluations. Nonetheless, we were able to find multiple silver linings: Thanks to […]

Additional Training with Current Vanu...

Additional Training with Current Vanuatu Peace Corps Volunteers

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the ASU SolarSPELL team had an unexpected, additional opportunity to meet a group of current Vanuatu Peace Corps volunteers, and give them a training on using the SolarSPELL, as well as provide this group with updated hardware and content. It was a fantastic opportunity to let these volunteers know the […]

Largest SolarSPELL Training To Date T...

Largest SolarSPELL Training To Date Takes Place in Vanuatu

On May 9, 2017, the SolarSPELL team held a training with 41 incoming Peace Corps volunteers in Port Vila, Vanuatu. This was a record number of volunteers in a training for our team—by nearly double! This training also marked the official launch of SolarSPELL Health—a new phase and programmatic focus for the SolarSPELL, complementing and […]

100 SolarSPELLs Built in One Day!

On Saturday April 8th 2017, a dedicated and motivated group of 30+ volunteers came together at ASU’s Polytechnic campus and built 100 SolarSPELL digital libraries. This is the largest build in the history of the project! These libraries will go out with Peace Corps volunteers across the Pacific Islands of Vanuatu, Samoa, the Federated States […]