Published on 4th December 2015
Your world is changing - are you?
Every day, VSA volunteers work with people all over the wider Pacific. Our volunteers come from different countries, backgrounds and cultures, but their aspirations are all the same: a better future for everyone.
On 5 December, International Volunteer Day, our volunteers and the millions of volunteers all over the world are recognised for the difference they make to the communities where they work.
This year, VSA volunteers have brought positive change in so many ways. They worked together with communities in Vanuatu to “build back better” after the devastation of Cyclone Pam. They have supported vulnerable women and children throughout the Pacific, and worked towards the cultural, legal and political changes needed to eradicate violence.
Our volunteers have supplied clean, safe water to thousands of people, and they’ve developed hygiene and nutrition programmes to ensure good health for children, setting them up for life. They have worked in varied fields, from local government offices to classrooms and plantations, to provide opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty.
On International Volunteer Day, United Nations Volunteers asks: “Your world is changing - are you?” Volunteering is life-changing: our volunteers return home and tell us they’ve received far more than they gave.
VSA celebrates its volunteers every day, but on Saturday they will be celebrated in the communities where they work. In Port Vila, Vanuatu, volunteers will be representing VSA at a public event, and there will be parades in Apia (Samoa), South Tarawa (Kiribati) and Kaveing (Papua New Guinea). In Solomon Islands, VSA volunteers will be joining volunteers from other international organisations to clean up at the hospital in Honiara.
We will be sharing videos and photos from our volunteers in the field over the next few days.
Ma tini ma mano ka rapa te whai – By many, by thousands, the work will be accomplished.
Update 11 December: See our video compilation of all the fantastic submissions we received of volunteers and staff celebrating the day.