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. 

Impact of COVID-19

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. 

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.