VSA’s work in the Pacific and beyond

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.

The work we do is diverse and driven by the development needs of our in-country partner organisations. These partner organisations can be from the public, private or non-profit sectors. They can range from multilateral and government agencies to non-governmental organisations, businesses and state-owned enterprises to individual schools, colleges, and health clinics.

All our volunteer assignments are created in response to specific requests from our in-country partners, so VSA volunteers work only where there is a genuine need. 

Volunteer Service Abroad covers costs while you are on assignment, including travel, accommodation, living allowance and more.  

Focus areas  

We currently work in eight countries within Melanesia, Polynesia or Timor-Leste with all our assignments fitting under one or more of four focus areas:

  • Economic Growth
  • Human Development
  • Law and Justice
  • Resilience 

In addition to these, VSA considers issues related to gender equality, human rights and young people as central to all our work.