How to apply

Looking for a meaningful way to give something back? An application is your first step toward transforming your life and the lives of others. 

Stage 1: Application

We recruit for in-country and e-volunteering opportunities with our Pacific partners all year round. If you see a volunteer vacancy that matches your skills and experience, simply click on "apply online".

  • 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.

Stage 2: Selection

Shortlisted candidates are invited to participate in online interviews.

  • Two interviews – one assessing professional skills and the other assessing personal circumstances
  • During the interview process you will be given information about VSA’s development programme and country information

Stage 3: Pre-departure

If you are selected for an in-country assignment our staff will assist you to complete the pre-departure process including:

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

If you have been selected for an e-volunteering opportunity you will attend a virtual pre-deployment briefing and be setup with a VSA email account.

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 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 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 that 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.