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August 30 marks an important date for Timor-Leste. And like most things here, it won't pass without a celebration.

The island, shaped like a crocodile, rises steeply between the Wetar Strait and the Banda Sea. Mountainous, tropical, hot and humid, with coffee, cinnamon and cocoa key crops. You'll find bananas growing beside the traffic lights in the city.

People say they bump into Kiwis everywhere, and there's a good handful of them in Timor-Leste. This year, VSA has 17 people here on a range of assignments including working in womens' employment and gender equity, early childhood education, business development,

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