About VSA (Volunteer Service Abroad)
Who we are
- VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. Our Kiwi volunteers share skills with people in the wider Pacific to help them build a better future for themselves and their children.
- VSA has 85-100 volunteers in the field at any one time. In 2014/15 VSA volunteers undertook 191 assignments.
- Over the past 50 years we have recruited more than 3000 ordinary New Zealanders to achieve extraordinary work with our in-country partner organisations.
- Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, from business mentors and lawyers to IT advisers and eco-tourism operators.
How we work
- We work with our in-country partners overseas to make sure that all our assignments are locally identified, locally relevant, and locally delivered.
- Our goal is to transfer skills and knowledge so that the changes achieved during an assignment are sustainable once a volunteer returns to New Zealand.
We have both long (12 months and over) and short-term assignments and currently work in Melanesia, Polynesia and Timor-Leste.
- We also work with our New Zealand partners to provide innovative volunteering opportunities, making it possible for more New Zealanders to volunteer and contribute to lasting change.
- VSA is a registered charity and is non-religious, non-political and non-governmental.
- VSA needs ongoing financial support so that we can continue to send Kiwi volunteers to share their skills with communities in the wider Pacific.
- VSA is supported by the New Zealand Aid programme, together with private and corporate donations.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Cyclone Pam Vanuatu Appeal. Your generous donations are helping VSA volunteers work alongside local communities to:
Distribute emergency supplies.
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Coordinating waste management.
Work with National Disaster Management Office.
Get agriculture programmes started again.
Supporting local tourism operators.
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