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Growing peace in the papers

Published on 13th September 2017


A pair of VSA volunteers on short-term assignments joined forces to deliver a workshop with a difference in Solomon Islands, to involve the country’s media in peacebuilding efforts. Read More

Engineers Without Borders signs partnership with VSA

Published on 14th August 2017


Engineers Without Borders signs partnership with VSA

This month, VSA was delighted to sign a partnership agreement with Engineers Without Borders NZ (EWBNZ) for conducting collaborative work in sustainable development across the Pacific. Read More

Back to Bougainville

Published on 31st July 2017


Back to Bougainville

Richard and Ann Green first lived in Bougainville in the 1980s, before the 10-year conflict that is estimated to have cost 15,000-20,000 lives. Recently returning as volunteers, three decades later, was emotional and rewarding. Read More

Kesaya Baba at the UN

Published on 12th July 2017


Kesaya Baba at the UN

Kesaya Baba, VSA’s Programme Manager – Solomon Islands, was chosen to attend the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61) at the UN in New York earlier this year. Read More

Positive action: Helen Clark and VSA

Published on 30th June 2017


Positive action: Helen Clark and VSA

In an increasingly unstable world, it’s important to recognise the power of individual action, Helen Clark says. Read More

The environment: at the heart of our work

Published on 9th June 2017


The environment: at the heart of our work

Monday June 5 was World Environment Day. Read More

Breaking the cycle

Published on 2nd June 2017


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Breaking the cycle

What do prisoners do after they've served their sentence? VSA volunteer Heather Smyth is working in Vanuatu to reduce the rate of re-offending. Read More

Along for the ride

Published on 24th May 2017


Along for the ride

Volunteering abroad offers people a chance to become immersed in another culture, change lives, and have their own lives changed in return. But what about the spouses and partners who up sticks with their loved ones to somewhere where they may not even speak the language? Read More

Cyclone Donna from the volunteer perspective

Published on 12th May 2017


Cyclone Donna from the volunteer perspective

Tropical Cyclone Donna left Vanuatu on May 9 after taking a long slow trajectory over the country. While full reports of the damage done, especially in the harder-hit northern regions, are yet to come in, our volunteers have already noticed the less obvious impacts cyclones can have. Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Lars by the ocean in Southern California. on Stephen Woolcott remembered in Netflix documentary
    "As the in memoriam photo of Stephen's kind, warm smile lits up the screen and Darren's words echo, "To treat every moment as fleeting", I realize how profound the short film I just watched is. It tells me that no matter how amazing our blue planet is or the universe as a whole, there will never be anything than will ever eclipse the precious interaction that take place when one human being connects with another and therefor a kind, warm smile is the most valuable gift we can give ♡ Thank You so very much to all that made this film possible.
    My kindest regards, deepest condolences and wishes that all the smiles Stephen gave will forever be of outmost comfort to loved ones." - Lars by the ocean in Southern California.
  • Comment by Kalena Jordan on Supporting Fisheries in Papua New Guinea
    "Kia Ora Oliver. If you're interested in volunteering with VSA, may I suggest registering your skills with us via: https://vsa.org.nz/what-you-can-do/register-your-interest/ That way, when any roles come up related to your skills, you will be emailed. Kind Regards, Kalena (Online Comms)" - Kalena Jordan
  • Comment by Oliver Armstrong on Supporting Fisheries in Papua New Guinea
    "How do I get involved?" - Oliver Armstrong
  • Comment by Vida Vanuatu on Breaking the cycle
    "Thank you Heather!! Yes! Everyone and more pensioners need opportunities for self develop theirselves and families need support to understand how behavior change can make a difference.
    Thank you for your making a difference." - Vida Vanuatu