Check out who has returned to New Zealand over the past three months and the latest group of volunteers heading out on assignment.
Published on 26th April 2017
Allanah Kidd volunteered as Climate Change Programme Officer with UN Women in their Multi Country Office based in Suva, Fiji from May 2015 to January 2017. Read More
Published on 19th April 2017
Paulina worked as an education adviser for six months with Care International in Timor-Leste. She and a team of four Timorese writers produced a popular, nationwide educational magazine, Lafaek, from September 2016 to March 2017. She had already been living in Timor-Leste for over two years, with her partner who... Read More
Published on 1st March 2017
After 10 months in Bougainville, Neelum Patel, has returned to New Zealand and reflects on her time as a volunteer in beautiful Buka. Read More
Published on 14th February 2017
Peter was on assignment in Tonga as Business Development Adviser with the Tongan National Youth Council (TNYC) from December 2015 to December 2016. Read More
Published on 9th February 2017
Del was on assignment as Resource Centre Management Adviser with the Xanana Gusmao Reading Room in Dili, Timor-Leste from August 2013 to November 2016. She was accompanied by her husband Tony. Read More
Published on 2nd February 2017
Published on 30th January 2017
Jared was on Univol assignment, volunteering as Communications Assistant for Autonomous Bougainville Government’s (ABG) Bureau of Public Affairs, Media and Communications based in Buka, from February to December 2016. Read More
Published on 8th December 2016
Trevor and Alison were based in the coastal town of Baucau, three hours’ drive east of Timor-Leste’s capital, Dili, from February 2015 to November 2016. Trevor was a water and sanitation adviser with aid agency World Vision, and Alison was his accompanying partner. Read More
Published on 7th December 2016
Roanna Salunga was volunteering as a water engineer with the Office of the Prime Minister in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, as part of VSA’s ongoing partnership with GHD Group. Read More
"Hi Ross and Tom,
I am very interested in your work with water and sanitation. It looks fascinating and very successful
My name is John Edwards and I have a long association with VSA, including some time on VSA council in volunteer selection and with the local VSA branches.
I am working at Massey University in Palmerston North. This year along with Nicola Brown I am supervising a final year project. The title of the project is: An investigation into the access to clean water in Kiribati.
We would be grateful for any advice you would be able to give us. I am planning a field visit to Kiribati from 27th June to 6th July and would like to make the most of this visit.
My email address is J.Edwards@massey.ac.nz
Looking forward to hearing from you., when you have time.
" - John Edwards
"Helping people is one of the most rewarding things you can do in ones life. Sounds like you have all got an amazing reward out of this." - Jim Morton
"Kia ora Bronwyn.. it was great reading your brief blog.. looks like you've done alot towards helping the province people to make change..
Veronika (expatriate Aotearoa living in Solomon Isl.)" - Veronika
"Thank you Roslyn and Tom for your time and great effort in helping communities in Kiribati with their projects - sanitation and tamana pump.
I am currently working with the island council of Maiana as an Island project officer (IPO). I will be very grateful to have your email contact and looking forward to seek advice from both of you particularly in documenting a project proposal.
Let me know when you visit Kiribati again so that I can arrange a special tour of the island (Maiana) and Choir gathering with a bowl of kava.
Kam bati n raba
Island project officer
Maiana island council" - Kiatoa Ruaia