Life after Timor

Three months after arriving home in New Zealand:

  • We’ve been surprised at how many people continue to read Dili dally: the number of views is around 30,000 and climbing. Thank you, whoever you are. Obrigada barak.
  • We’ve revived  our communications business, 2Write. Our door is open again for writing, editing and design work, oral histories, publications and workshops.
  • Pat’s building on his Timor experience in a part-time role with VSA, working with returned volunteers.
  • Pip talked at TEDx Wellington Women about the importance of both truth and compassion when we tell stories about real people.

Yes, as much as we miss it, there is life after Timor.


6 thoughts on “Life after Timor

  1. Pip, I’ve just stopped in the middle of the morning and come across your TEDx speech. I was quite compelled as I listened and watched you and more than a little teary to see your mother with your grandchild on the screen. Good luck with new endeavours and a belated ‘welcome home’ to you and Pat. Love Mary Gunn

  2. Hi Pip
    Have just read your entire blog and I loved it. I am an Australian woman heading to Timor Leste in a few weeks with a group from our church. We are fundraising for an orphanage and a medical clinic there before we go. I had heard from others who have been there before how they found it, and have read up on what little there is on the internet. But that hadn’t told me what it is really like.I loved the richness of the detail in your writing , and the richness of the experience with having a long time in the country. Thank you for your reflections, and sharing the good, the bad and the ugly, thanks for taking the time to write as it happened. Thank you for giving me a deeper understanding of the people, their strengths, their difficulties and their griefs, and what it is like to be a “passer-through”. Good luck with life post-Timor
    Cynthia Marnane

  3. Hi Cynthia, I’m glad you found our blog useful. Have a great time in Timor. I’m sure you will find it as interesting and rewarding as we did. All the best. Pip

  4. Hello Pip and Pat,
    I just finished reading straight through your blog about Timor Leste and your two years there. I am in the process of applying to the US Peace Corps and one place offered was Timor, teaching English. As I am sure you know, there’s not a lot out there about living in this place, but after reading your blog, many of my questions were answered and now, I am more certain that choosing Timor Leste is the right decision for me. Thank you so much for what you have written and the inspiration it has given to not only me, but, I am sure, many others who have read it. Perhaps I can manage a small blog of my own and if I do, it will only be a pale comparison of what you have accomplished.
    Again, thank you so much.

    • Hi Nancy. Thanks for your kind words about our blog. We’ve been amazed that people still find it useful three years after we’ve returned home, and are delighted that it has helped you to decide to volunteer in Timor. I’m sure you’ll find the experience as enriching as we did. You’re right there’s not much information out there – which is a great reason for you to write your own blog when you get there. Please send us a link! Best wishes. Pip and Pat

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