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Keeping volunteering in the whānau

Published on 23rd July 2016


Keeping volunteering in the whānau

VSAConnect coordinator Pat Martin meets a family with the volunteering bug... Read More

A thriving Honiara Library

Published on 22nd July 2016


A thriving Honiara Library

Volunteer Daphne Smithers and the local team give Honiara Public Library an overhaul... Read More

Innovative volunteering models launched

Published on 11th July 2016


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Innovative volunteering models launched

Gerda Pentinga: e-volunteer Read More

A safe place to stay

Published on 14th June 2016


A safe place to stay

Fresh produce markets across the Pacific are the lifeblood of their communities. They are gathering places, tourist attractions, and many people in the Pacific are dependent on them for their livelihoods. Vendors are usually women, and more often than not they have little say in the markets’ management and few... Read More

A tribute to Barbara Dawson

Published on 10th June 2016


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A tribute to Barbara Dawson

This week, VSA has been saddened to mark the passing of a pioneering volunteer and staff member, Barbara Dawson. Read More

World Environment Day 2016

Published on 3rd June 2016


World Environment Day 2016

June 5 is World Environment Day (WED) - a day when the United Nations encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Read More

Screen star in Bougainville

Published on 31st March 2016


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Screen star in Bougainville

As well as being a volunteer superstar for VSA with multiple assignments under his belt, Bougainville-based Richard Harris is also a bit of a star in screen-writing circles. Read More

2016 International Development Journalism Competition now open

Published on 23rd March 2016


2016 International Development Journalism Competition now open

Have a passion for covering what's happening in the Asia-Pacific region?  Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is now accepting entries for its 2016 Excellence in International Development Journalism competition. Read More

Supporting Fisheries in Papua New Guinea

Published on 22nd March 2016


Supporting Fisheries in Papua New Guinea

Touring the National Fisheries College (NFC) in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea, with VSA volunteer Arnold Hawkins, it’s obvious to see his impact there. Read More

International Women’s Day 2016

Published on 8th March 2016


International Women’s Day 2016

This International Women’s Day, the theme is “Pledge for Parity”, aiming for true gender equality, everywhere, by 2030. We celebrate that work today, but it’s a pledge our volunteers make every day in the work they do around the wider Pacific to support women and girls. Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Jess on Innovative volunteering models launched
    "Having done a slightly adapted model of the e-volunteering last year, am I very excited to see this in action! " - Jess
  • Comment by Sara ("Rosie") Ransom on A tribute to Barbara Dawson
    "Sitting quietly with my thoughts of Barbara -- "sisters" since we were 16, me visiting her home in NZ in1963, and she visiting mine in the US, in 1964; fellow travelers across the USA in our 20s, and forever friends. We were last together in Vietnam. I am deeply touched to learn even more of her depth of character, her compassion-in-action, tributes from others who have known her throughout the years. These tributes to her are deeply moving. E rere wairua e rere / Fly free, O spirit, fly...

    " - Sara ("Rosie") Ransom
  • Comment by Kirsty Collins on Cutting edge disaster response in Vanuatu
    "This is such a wonderful project. Congratulations!

    I was thinking about how so many children in Vanuatu do not get the opportunity to go to school. Perhaps you could start a small School of the Air using these radios? Textbooks could be mailed to villages and children could meet at the hut at a set time during the week to take lessons over the radio. Such as how the SOA used to work in Australia.
    http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/school-of-the-air
    " - Kirsty Collins
  • Comment by Ras on A tribute to Barbara Dawson
    "Lovely tribute thank you" - Ras