Volunteering today looks a lot different to volunteering when VSA began in 1962. Back then volunteers would have been found teachers taking lessons or nursing patients, but today, volunteers build capacity alongside colleagues within organisations located overseas.
These days our partners are looking for people with experience across a range of business and community skills. We partner with government, businesses and organisations whose work requires experience in policy development, education, marketing and communications, tourism, information technology, engineering, agriculture, medical and mental health, law and community development amongst others. All assignments focus on sharing skills and resources, so key relationship-building, interest in learning Pacific culture, and mentoring are essential when volunteering to make a lasting impact long after a volunteer returns to Aotearoa New Zealand.
Alongside professional skills are the life skills volunteer need. The ability to be adaptable, be flexible, respectful people and new ways of doing things, and have a sense of humour. The ability to take a breath and take a different approach to working in the sometimes-challenging environments presented in developing countries are essential when living and volunteering.
VSA also closely with partner organisations to identify the individual skillset requirements of each assignment. Our recruitment team work then hard to carefully select candidates that match the traits listed on our personal attributes.
Demand for skills varies, and new assignments are being identified all the time, so check out our volunteer opportunities to match your experience to a current volunteer assignment.