VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development.

Every year we send skilled Kiwis to share their experience and knowledge directly with local people and communities to create lasting, positive change across the wider Pacific.

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What makes a great VSA volunteer?

VSA volunteers must demonstrate:

  • Commitment to volunteering, to VSA and to the partner organisation.
  • An open and agreeable nature
  • The ability to adjust to local culture
  • Adaptability
  • Initiative
  • Resourcefulness
  • The ability to manage setbacks
  • Proven track record of mentoring/skills exchange 

Learn more about what we look for in our volunteers, here

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Our recruitment process 

All prospective volunteers will undergo a comprehensive selection process that includes professional and personal references and interviews that will explore both your professional and personal motivations for applying, and your flexibility, resilience, and adaptability to take on the challenges of a volunteer assignment.


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What’s in it for you? 

 Volunteering is a unique way to put your skills to use in a new environment, become embedded in a new culture and make friends for life.

We asked our returned volunteers what they got out of it, and they all say they got far more than they gave: increased resilience, patience and an entirely new way of seeing the world. They come back committed to their new communities and recommitted to their home communities.

Eighty-four percent of our returned volunteers gave their overall experience on assignment eight or higher out of 10 - 72% of volunteers who've returned since 2010 would go again.


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 Support and benefits

Before you go

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Airfares & baggage allowance
  • Visas, travel insurance and medical clearance & vaccinations

On assignment

  • In-country orientation & language training
  • Accommodation, utilities, safety and security support
  • Living allowance 

When you come home

  • Debriefing and career counselling 
  • Membership to VSAConnect - our network of returned volunteers




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What we do and where we work

We work across Polynesia, Melanesia, Timor-Leste, and Cambodia, with organisations that range from grassroots community groups to UN agencies and corporates.

Our volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from education and health to the fields of law, business and tourism. 


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