Check out who has returned to New Zealand over the past three months and the latest group of volunteers heading out on assignment.
Published on 1st March 2017
After 10 months in Bougainville, Neelum Patel, has returned to New Zealand and reflects on her time as a volunteer in beautiful Buka. Read More
Published on 14th February 2017
Peter was on assignment in Tonga as Business Development Adviser with the Tongan National Youth Council (TNYC) from December 2015 to December 2016. Read More
Published on 9th February 2017
Del was on assignment as Resource Centre Management Adviser with the Xanana Gusmao Reading Room in Dili, Timor-Leste from August 2013 to November 2016. She was accompanied by her husband Tony. Read More
Published on 30th January 2017
Jared was on Univol assignment, volunteering as Communications Assistant for Autonomous Bougainville Government’s (ABG) Bureau of Public Affairs, Media and Communications based in Buka, from February to December 2016. Read More
Published on 8th December 2016
Trevor and Alison were based in the coastal town of Baucau, three hours’ drive east of Timor-Leste’s capital, Dili, from February 2015 to November 2016. Trevor was a water and sanitation adviser with aid agency World Vision, and Alison was his accompanying partner. Read More
Published on 7th December 2016
Roanna Salunga was volunteering as a water engineer with the Office of the Prime Minister in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, as part of VSA’s ongoing partnership with GHD Group. Read More
Published on 11th November 2016
Bronwyn Hale was on assignment in Port Vila, Vanuatu as a Family Planning and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Specialist with the Vanuatu Family Health Association. Read More
Published on 21st September 2016
Adrienne was volunteering in Papua New Guinea as a Project Management Advisor for New Ireland Provincial Administration. Read More
Published on 31st August 2016
A career nurse, Jan Lewis specialises in quality systems and setting up programmes. Read More
Published on 22nd August 2016
Warwick and Jo were special education advisers for the Niue Department of Education, for six months to July 2016. Read More
"Helping people is one of the most rewarding things you can do in ones life. Sounds like you have all got an amazing reward out of this." - Jim Morton
"Kia ora Bronwyn.. it was great reading your brief blog.. looks like you've done alot towards helping the province people to make change..
Veronika (expatriate Aotearoa living in Solomon Isl.)" - Veronika
"Thank you Roslyn and Tom for your time and great effort in helping communities in Kiribati with their projects - sanitation and tamana pump.
I am currently working with the island council of Maiana as an Island project officer (IPO). I will be very grateful to have your email contact and looking forward to seek advice from both of you particularly in documenting a project proposal.
Let me know when you visit Kiribati again so that I can arrange a special tour of the island (Maiana) and Choir gathering with a bowl of kava.
Kam bati n raba
Island project officer
Maiana island council" - Kiatoa Ruaia
It is neat to read your account of your VSA year in Samoa and especially to see the growth of Lotto Taumafai. My time in Samoa was in 2004, when my husband worked on a road design project. I discovered the school and spent 6 months in the classrooms as a volunteer occupational therapist. What a great boost for the staff to move into new school buildings. Talofa" - Frances