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Hands-up for positive change in the Pacific

Hands-up for positive change in the Pacific

  • 19 Jan 2019
VSA volunteers like Kate Kanshaw in Samoa make a real difference in the lives of people in The Pacific

Are you looking to make positive impact in the Pacific? 

Operating for over 55-years, VSA (Volunteer Service Abroad -Te Tūao Tāwāhi) is one way you can achieve this. 

Primarily funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT), VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteer agency working in international development.  

The organisation brings together New Zealanders and our Asia-Pacific neighbours to share their skills, knowledge and experiences. 

It is currently recruiting people with different skills to take up assignments in various Pacific nations. 

All VSA assignments are created by local people to meet local needs, and volunteers only work where there is a genuine need, building capacity and enabling self-sufficiency to create stronger communities in the Pacific. 

They are driven by the development needs of in-country partner organisations which can be from the public, private or non-profit sectors; from multilateral and government agencies to non-governmental organisations, businesses and state-owned. 

In the Pacific and beyond, Kiwi volunteers are working on everything from disaster recovery in Vanuatu to special education in Samoa and safe drinking water in Timor-Leste.  

They are building local businesses, providing education and improving health, safeguarding the environment and fostering good governance, delivering nearly 200 community-driven and owned projects.  

Together with New Zealand’s regional neighbours in the Pacific and beyond, VSA - Te Tūao Tāwāhi volunteers create new opportunities for people that will continue to ripple across communities and generations to come.