Sir Edmund Hillary, VSA’s founding President, believed passionately that if people work together in equal partnership they can achieve great things. 

About VSA

VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteer agency working in international development. We bring people together from Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider Pacific to share skills and experience, working to transform lives and create a fair future for all.

Since 1962, we have recruited nearly 4,000 New Zealanders. Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, from business mentors and lawyers to doctors and eco-tourism operators, to horticulturalists, bricklayers and plumbers. 

Our work and partnership approach

VSA knows that we make the most difference by working with people, partners, and communities to create lasting relationships. 

We work with our partners to make sure that all our assignments are locally identified, locally relevant, and locally delivered. Our partner organisations include regional and central government agencies, local and national NGOs, education and health organisations, schools, colleges and health clinics. 

Our goal is to transfer skills and knowledge so that the impact achieved during an assignment remains long after a volunteer returns to New Zealand. 

We also work with New Zealand and regional partners such as UNICEF, UN Women and the Pacific Community (SPC), providing volunteering  opportunities across various countries and sectors, contributing to lasting change. 

We offer both long (12 months and over) and short-term volunteering  assignments, as well as e-volunteering, which has been central to VSA operations since the arrival of Covid-19. A VSA e-volunteer works online from Aotearoa to help create positive change and build capacity in Pacific communities 

VSA currently works in Melanesia, Polynesia, Kiribati, and Timor-Leste. 

Volunteer Assignments in 2021

Our e-volunteer programme is working well. This is an online programme that enables people in New Zealand to assist our partners remotely. This is a rewarding programme that opens new opportunities to people who wish to support the work we do within the region but are unable to relocate. 

Some New Zealanders who live abroad have joined our community as VSA volunteers and are assisting partners in the countries we partner with. We look forward to the future and deploying volunteers to the countries which are appropriate. As part of preparing for borders to open we are recruiting in some locations. Click here to learn more.

Support us

VSA is a registered charity and is non-religious, non-political and non-governmental. VSA needs ongoing financial support to continue to support New Zealanders to share their skills with communities in our region. VSA is supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme, together with individual and corporate donations.