From application to departure... 

Looking for a meaningful way to give something back? An application is your first step toward and a life-changing experience - volunteering for transformative change.

Stage 1: Application

All year round, we recruit and deploy volunteers with new vacancies available every month. If you see a volunteer vacancy that matches your skills and experience, simply click apply online

  • Check your availability for the interview briefing and deployment dates.
  • Download, read, and save the assignment description.
  • Complete an online application.
  • Check with your nominated referees that they are prepared to provide a reference for you.

Note: Many VSA assignments are suitable for volunteers to take their accompanying partner. However, because our work is driven by the requests from partner organisations, we are not in a position to source assignments for accompanying partners.

Stage 2: Selection

Shortlisted candidates are invited to Wellington for a two-day selection process.

  • Two interviews (personal & professional).
  • Key information about VSA's development programme and potential assignment location.
  • Overview of post-selection procedures.

Candidates and their partners are required for both days and we aim to let you know the outcome of the selection process within one week.

Stage 3: Pre-departure

If selected for a VSA assignment, our staff will assist you to complete pre-departure processes.

  • Immigration and police checks
  • Medical clearance and vaccinations
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Flight confirmation

It will take between 2 and 7 months, from application to departure, for a volunteer to arrive in-country.

Stage 4: Departure

You are ready for a volunteer assignment making a difference in the wider Pacific.