Separated geographically and culturally from mainland PNG, the region’s 10-year conflict left half the population displaced and communities divided. Today,...Visit Programme
Vanuatu is situated on a volcanic archipelago of 86 islands where traditional lifestyles exist side-by-side with tourist resorts. Coconut oil,...Visit Programme
PNG is the largest nation in the Pacific with a majority Melanesian population of over six million. Over 850 indigenous...Visit Programme
Read about the Solomon Islands, the work VSA volunteers are currently doing and what it's like to live and work...Visit Programme
As part of a nation with a rich Polynesian history, we are uniquely placed to work in the Pacific. Over the past six years we have doubled the number of volunteers in this region, making this the largest region we currently work in.
We are actively working on options to strengthen our support for improving agricultural development in the Pacific.
Our programmes are developed jointly with our in-country partner organisations to increase the capacity of local people and institutions. Our partners identify specific development needs and, together, we develop assignment descriptions for volunteers.
Since 2008 we have increased our in-country field staff to provide greater support to our partner organisations and volunteers, ultimately strengthening our long-term development practice.
VSA volunteers in Bougainville have helped rebuild schools and community facilities as part of the peace-building process which followed a decade of civil conflict. Local organisations have been established to deal with post-conflict trauma. Hundreds of young people, deprived of education during the conflict, have completed vocational training programmes and found work. Local businesses have been established and the new government has been supported to re-establish public services and infrastructure.
VSA legal advisers working in three Solomon Island provinces have strengthened economic development and business opportunities. In-service teacher training and professional development programmes have been established in remote and isolated schools.
Early childhood education programmes now operate in 512 kindi throughout Vanuatu, thanks to VSA volunteers’ work with the Vanuatu Early Childhood Education Association. Most Vanuatu children now attend a local kindi. In 2010, 16 local women graduated as Early Childhood Education (ECE) teachers with VSA support.
Four Vanuatu provinces have established local tourism promotion offices with VSA advice and support.