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International Volunteer Managers' Day 2014

Published on 5th November 2014


Today, November 5, is International Volunteer Managers' Day.

They do a fantastic job supporting our volunteers abroad and we cannot sing their praises highly enough.

 

Our volunteer managers

VSA works in nine core countries, along with several more through our New Zealand and Regional Partnerships Programme. In 2013-2014 we had 191 volunteer assignments. We have six programme managers working directly with our volunteers in-country:

  • Andrew in Vanuatu
  • Anita in Solomon Islands
  • Diane in Timor-Leste
  • Raewyn in Bougainville
  • Howard in PNG
  • and Ryan, who manages our Polynesia programme from our Wellington office

 

What they do

  • managing the volunteers once they arrive in-country, making sure they are are healthy, happy and have what they need to do their work
  • everything from logistics and housing, to paying bills and meeting people at the airport, to conversations over coffee
  • overseeing the country programme, working with local organisations to identify new volunteer assignments, managing partner relationships
  • working in tandem with programme officers in-country and staff back in Wellington

 

Read interviews with:

 

Andrew                Anita                Ryan

 

 

A group of people stand under a tree, listening to a speech

Andrew Johnston: “The photo is of me with Kirk Yates (MFAT Development Manager, Vanuatu), HE Georgina Roberts (New Zealand High Commissioner to Vanuatu) and Jim Bennie (VSA Volunteer) at a presentation by the Millennium Cave Tours Management. This was to thank New Zealand for its support, which has included funding through the High Commission and the work of several VSA volunteers.

"This represents the best part of my job, being part of the bigger story of New Zealand’s contribution to development in Vanuatu and seeing the amazing human connections that give development depth and meaning beyond the numbers. Through expert volunteers, especially Jim Bennie, Dave Morgan and Eric Thorne-George, supplemented by funding from New Zealand and the drive and passion of the local people, we can achieve so much. It is a great privilege to be part of this. Seeing how far this community has come makes it all worthwhile.”

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