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VSA signs three year partnership with the Pacific Community

Published on 1st February 2016


VSA signs three year partnership with the Pacific Community

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) today signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding with the Pacific Community (SPC) to work together to assist Pacific Island countries and territories to achieve their development goals. Read More

Boosting local incomes in Timor-Leste

Published on 25th January 2016


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Boosting local incomes in Timor-Leste

Volunteer marketing advisor Tennant Fenton established a model of farming cooperatives for rural Timor-Leste that he estimates generated US$96,000 in income, in a country where the average rural income per person is US$50 a month. Read More

Peacebuilding in Bougainville

Published on 19th January 2016


Peacebuilding in Bougainville

Nearly 20 years after the Conflict in Bougainville ended, Sister Lorraine Garasu says the country is experiencing a “negative peace”. Read More

VSA in 2015

Published on 31st December 2015


VSA in 2015

Our volunteers have spent 2015 working with our Pacific neighbours to improve life in countries that hide poverty beneath blue skies. Read More

Waste Management in Vanuatu

Published on 28th December 2015


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Waste Management in Vanuatu

Volunteer Mary O’Reilly has worked with local Waste Management Officer Gina Buletare to set up recycling station in Luganville, Vanuatu Read More

Family, friends and a feast: Christmas in the Pacific

Published on 18th December 2015


Family, friends and a feast: Christmas in the Pacific

At Christmas time, our volunteers will be taking well-earned breaks – either heading home for the holidays, or enjoying a Pasifika Christmas. Read More

El Nino, drought, and the cyclone season

Published on 8th December 2015


El Nino, drought, and the cyclone season

As the Paris climate talks continue, it’s likely Pacific voices will be among the loudest calling for decisive action. It is no wonder that the leaders of small countries such as Kiribati are world-famous in environmental circles - their countries are among the world’s most vulnerable to the effects of... Read More

International Volunteer Day 2015

Published on 4th December 2015


International Volunteer Day 2015

Your world is changing - are you? Read More

United Nations announce critical volunteering action plan

Published on 2nd December 2015


United Nations announce critical volunteering action plan

This week, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution to bring volunteering into the international development agenda. Read More

International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

Published on 25th November 2015


International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

Today is the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women. Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Jenifer on Boosting local incomes in Timor-Leste
    "How helpful it's. Hope I can be one of the volunteer❤️" - Jenifer
  • Comment by Grant Ertel on Waste Management in Vanuatu
    "Having been in the waste management and recycling industry in NZ for many years I would like to compliment your volunteers and supporters for their work so far. I was fortunate enough to be in Port Vila for a short time last year, and naturally my eyes swung to the litter, refuse disposal and recycling "opportunities". My only comment is that a clean and green is very marketable in the world these days.

    Tourism dollars would be earned by helping to ensure visitors want to return, not just because of the wonderful people and the majesty that is Vanuatu, but because they are potentially a refuge from the rest of the worlds tumble into chaos." - Grant Ertel
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    "Hmm Posted on April 1st. That's April fools day you DODO Birds :-) " - Dick Fitzwell
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