I am the administrator of VSAConnect, which is the VSA alumni association for returned volunteers. I am part- time permanent and I work two and a half days a week. I look after the returned volunteers once they have finished the debrief process to make sure they are completely in the loop with everything VSAConnect has to offer members.

I also organise the national speaking programme for VSA whereby returned volunteers present to a variety of groups about their experiences of being on assignment. I am responsible for matching our speakers with host groups throughout the country and making sure both host group and speakers are well supported to create a memorable event.

More recently I have been involved in the development and promotion of a new and evolving schools resource for Social Science students and teachers intended to deepen student knowledge and experiences of VSA’s work and further the impact of our speakers in school settings.   

In my other life I am a theatre maker. I work in the independent, experimental, and self- devised performance traditions. I have worked in that field for over 40 years in Europe, the UK, and USA and Aotearoa New Zealand. I work as an actor, teacher, creator, director, and organiser.

Madeline