Applications for UniVol 2019 are now open

The UniVol Programme is a collaboration between VSA and Otago University, Victoria University, Auckland University and Massey University. The programme aims to provide a personal and professional development opportunity for selected candidates as well as contributing to existing VSA development programmes and improving development education in New Zealand.

The UniVol programme has been operating for 11 years. To continue this proud tradition, we are looking for adaptable and tenacious young Kiwis prepared to take on their own life-changing UniVol adventure in 2019.

If you are accepted on to the programme you’ll be offered a 10-month overseas field placement with one of VSA’s partner organisations during the academic year, beginning in early 2019.

You will be eligible if you are:

  • enrolled in either Geography, Development Studies or a related discipline at participating universities (Otago, Victoria, Auckland, Massey) and,
  • able to demonstrate an understanding of development through having completed development papers at 300 or postgraduate level or relevant practical experience in development, and
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and
  • aged 30 years or under on July 31 2018.

Please note: partners or dependent children cannot accompany UniVols on assignment.

Update Key dates:

  • Applications open: Monday 1 May 2018
  • Applications close: Sunday 29 July 2018
  • Selection interviews: Between Monday 01 October – Friday 05 October 2018
  • Pre-departure briefing course: From Wednesday 21 November - Saturday 24 November 2018
  • Departure: January/February 2019

Find out more:

To find out more download the 2019 UniVol brochure or see our FAQs

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