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Volunteer comings and goings

Check out who has returned to New Zealand over the past three months and the latest group of volunteers heading out on assignment.


Bernie Gruschow – Sound in Samoa

Published on 13th November 2014


Bernie Gruschow – Sound in Samoa

Bernie took a three-month assignment from July to October 2014 as a sound engineer adviser for the Samoan Tourism Association (STA) to work on the Teuila Festival. Teuila is the Pacific’s biggest cultural festival and this year ran alongside the UN Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference – around 3,000... Read More

New volunteers heading out on assignment - October 2014

Published on 27th October 2014


New volunteers heading out on assignment - October 2014

Featuring our new volunteers who have headed out on assignment in September and October 2014. Read More

Claire Macfarlane – Strengthening a local NGO in Timor-Leste

Published on 21st October 2014


Claire Macfarlane – Strengthening a local NGO in Timor-Leste

Claire worked as a Finance Systems Adviser for Belun, based in Dili, from September 2013 to August 2014. This was her second assignment with VSA in Timor-Leste (read her blog about her first assignment here). Read More

Kenzie Jackson – Stats and culture in Tonga

Published on 13th October 2014


Kenzie Jackson – Stats and culture in Tonga

Kenzie Jackson volunteered as a Statistics Assistant at the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Her assignment ran from January to August 2014. Read More

Sophie Dowson – Events management in Samoa

Published on 8th October 2014


Sophie Dowson – Events management in Samoa

Sophie Dowson volunteered as an Event Management Adviser with the Samoa Tourism Authority. Read More

Graham Hadlee – Growing knowledge in PNG

Published on 7th October 2014


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Graham Hadlee – Growing knowledge in PNG

Graham Hadlee spent a year as the Business and Administration Adviser at Kairak Vudal Resource Training Centre (KVRTC) in Papua New Guinea. Read More

Sean Toland – Waste management in Vanuatu

Published on 25th September 2014


Sean Toland – Waste management in Vanuatu

Sean worked as a geotechnical/waste management adviser (landfill) in Luganville, Vanuatu, as part of the New Zealand and Regional Partnerships Programme. He was working with the Luganville Municipal Council from June 2013 to July 2014. Read More

Bridget Robinson – Finance with fisheries in PNG

Published on 17th September 2014


Bridget Robinson – Finance with fisheries in PNG

Bridget volunteered for five months as a Financial Adviser at the National Fisheries College in Kavieng, PNG. Her role was to develop the capacity of the finance team and help staff with their budgeting processes. Staff changes at the College meant that after five weeks Bridget took over as Finance Manager. Read More

New volunteers heading out on assignment - August 2014

Published on 25th August 2014


New volunteers heading out on assignment - August 2014

Featuring our new volunteers who have headed out on assignment in July and August 2014. Read More

Philippa Robinson – Managing the haus stori in Bougainville

Published on 21st August 2014


Philippa Robinson – Managing the haus stori in Bougainville

Philippa volunteered from June 2013 – to July 2014 in Arawa. She was the Library Management Adviser for the Bougainville Heritage Foundation, working at the Bougainville Library (‘Haus Stori’). Read More

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