Can I volunteer?
VSA recruits skilled volunteers from all walks of life, however applications are limited by the following eligibility criteria:
- New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident with the right to reside and work permanently in NZ
- Have the requisite skills and experience to carry out the professional goals of the assignment
- Have no dependent children*
We also look for people with the personal attributes to be great volunteers including flexibility, resilience, adaptability, and commitment to the full duration of your assignment.
All VSA assignments focus on sharing skills, so great relationship building and mentoring skills are really valuable for making a long-lasting, positive difference.
*VSA sends couples on assignment together, however unfortunately we are unable to accommodate families in our programme.
Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
The medical advice over COVID-19’s risk factors, based on international, science-based evidence, is that certain groups of people are much more susceptible to more serious symptoms if they contract COVID-19.
These higher risk groups include people with certain existing medical conditions and those who are aged 65 and over.
(For example, international evidence from the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention has shown that people 65 and over are five times more likely to be hospitalised and 90 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people in their twenties https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html.)
Based on this information, we have made the difficult decision that people in these susceptible groups (including people who would be turning 65 while on assignment) will not be able to be deployed out of New Zealand while the pandemic continues or until a vaccine is developed and widely available.
We have not made this decision lightly. We have done this to ensure the health of our volunteers and to ensure we do not place extra burdens on the communities where we operate.
E-volunteers who are working remotely from New Zealand and whose assignment does not require overseas travel are not affected.