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SolarSPELL Training in Samoa–Th...

The ASU SolarSPELL Samoa team recently carried out its third training in Samoa, with both Peace Corps volunteers and their local counterparts. This training was spread over two half-days, May 17-18, 2018, and each of the SolarSPELL team members played an active and valuable role in the training. The first day kicked off with a […]

Samoa Travel Post: Field Report from ...

Samoa Travel Post: Field Report from Maddie

My name is Madison Arnold and I’m an undergraduate ASU student majoring in journalism and innovation in society. This month, I traveled with the SolarSPELL team to the field for the first time. We went to Samoa to visit schools, conduct follow up interviews with Peace Corps volunteers to discuss their use and experience with […]

Vanuatu Travel Post: Field Report fro...

Kristen, a graduate student of ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, joined the SolarSPELL team this year and recently returned from a trip to Vanuatu. The following anecdote shares one meaningful experience on the trip: Throughout the time spent in Vanuatu, there were countless moments that left me feeling deeply grateful for […]

Record 150 SolarSPELLs Built in One D...

On Saturday Oct 21st 2017, over 40 volunteers arrived at ASU’s Polytechnic campus to help build 150 SolarSPELL digital libraries. This is the largest build in the history of the project, breaking the previous one-day record of 100! These libraries will go out to Peace Corps volunteers and local teachers in Tonga, Rwanda, South Sudan, and […]

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ASU SolarSPELL Peace Corps training in Micronesia: Three Years in FSM!

The ASU SolarSPELL team traveled to Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), in July 2017, to carry out a training on the solar digital libraries with a new cohort of Peace Corps volunteers. This training represents the third (annual) training with FSM volunteers, launching SolarSPELL’s third year of use in the field. This […]

ASU SolarSPELL Samoa Training with Pe...

ASU SolarSPELL Samoa Training with Peace Corps Volunteers and Local Teachers

The final highlight of the ASU SolarSPELL team’s time in Samoa was a two-day training with the Peace Corps volunteers and their local counterpart teachers. This was our team’s first opportunity to carry out a training with local teachers, and we are so grateful for the Samoa Peace Corps staff for suggesting it and then […]

ASU SolarSPELL Samoa Peace Corps Volu...

ASU SolarSPELL Samoa Peace Corps Volunteer Site Visits Part 2: Upolu Island

The ASU SolarSPELL Team’s second day of visiting Peace Corps volunteers’ sites took place on Upolu Island. We first visited Cynthia’s school, and got a tour of the school’s library. Once again, the ASU students got to spend some quality time with the primary-level students. We even got to demonstrate the SolarSPELL to these students, […]

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 […]