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.
The work we do is diverse and driven by the development needs of our in-country partners. These partner organisations range from regional and central government agencies to local or national NGOs, education and health bodies and individual schools, colleges and health clinics.
We currently work in eight countries within Melanesia, Polynesia or Timor-Leste with all our assignments fitting under one or more of six focus areas:
In addition to these, VSA considers issues related to gender equality, human rights and young people as central to all our work.
Around 85 per cent of the Pacific population live in Melanesia countries, and it is here where development issues are often most acute. VSA volunteers currently work in Papua New Guinea, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Our work in Melanesia
Our work in Polynesia (including Micronesia) centres around countries that have shared community and historical links with New Zealand. Currently assignments are focused around business advisory and educational roles. We work in Tonga, Tokelau, Samoa and Kiribati.
Our work in Polynesia
Our work in Asia is focused where the skills of New Zealanders are most relevant in making a positive difference to the needs of partner organisations. Currently, we work in Timor-Leste focusing specifically on promoting economic growth and livelihood opportunities.
Our work in Asia