The Kingdom of Tonga has welcomed VSA volunteers into their communities since 1965. Volunteers have worked in education, health, community and economic development, and agriculture.
The Kingdom of Tonga consists of 176 islands in four major groups, Tongatapu Island group, Ha’apai Island group, Vava’u Island group, and the Niu Island groups. These islands form a narrow archipelago extending north from the Tropic of Capricorn.
The Kingdom of Tonga is unique in the South Pacific in being the only country never colonised by a foreign power.
The Prime Minister of Tonga is the country's head of government, and the king, currently King Tupou VI, is the head of state. Tonga’s monarchy is the only surviving monarchy in the Pacific with a royal family whose lineage dates back as far as 875AD.
What we are doing in Tonga
In the 2018-19 year, VSA volunteers undertook 7 assignments with 6 partner organisations in Tonga.
VSA has strengthened its 55 year relationship with a renewed strategy focused on good governance, sustainable livelihoods, health and wellbeing, and community development.
In October 2018 VSA employed an in-country Programme Manager, Tina Mackie, in Tonga. This move, along with strong in-country support from contractor Meleoni Uera, has significantly increased VSA’s responsiveness and community integration in Tonga.