VSA Interest Group locations
Currently we have five Interest Groups and one district contact. They meet regularly to raise funds and support for VSA, and are available to provide information to the public about VSA. They maintain contact with VSA volunteers from their area, and provide a support network for volunteers departing for and returning from their assignments overseas.
Interest Group activities are varied and can involve anything from hearing a returned volunteer share their insights to hosting a Christmas barbeque. Interest Groups are the local face of VSA, and any paying VSA member can join. New members are always welcome.
The previous Auckland branch has halted activities and may reactivate as an Interest Group in the future.
The Canterbury branch meets on the second Monday of each second month. We have our business meeting and then hear from returned volunteers, people preparing to leave, and sometimes a guest speaker. Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages and volunteering experience, but they all have amazing stories to tell.
The Otago branch holds informal meetings for those who have an interest in VSA and volunteering. Our members range from returned volunteers to those interested in becoming volunteers, as well as people who support the work of VSA in general and enjoy the company of like-minded people.
The Manawatū branch has been a strong part of VSA since the 1970s and we aim to keep in touch with all volunteers from our region. Our annual activities include get-togethers with talks, stalls at local festivals, an AGM with a speaker, and a fun-focused fundraiser. We foster links with other community groups, and always welcome new members.
Northland has a contact person to act as the community link for returned volunteers and people interested in VSA (Taranaki is currently looking for a contact person). Informal social events and activities to support VSA are also organised on occasion.
Top of the South
The Top of the South (TOTS) branch meets six to seven times a year. Informal meetings include business and a speaker, who is usually a returned volunteer. At least one social event is held annually and pot luck or fundraising meals are sometimes held before a meeting. Most of our members have been volunteers, or are interested in overseas development work and may be considering a future role.
The Wellington branch meets on the third Thursday of each month. We enjoy keeping in touch with volunteers before, during, and after their assignments, when many come along to share the stories and photos of their time away. Our quiz night fundraiser has become an annual ‘must go to’ event and we've also had fun organising fundraising movie events. Many of our members give talks throughout the community and we do all we can to support the initiatives of VSA.
Interested in joining your local Interest Group? Contact us.