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" when looking at the volunteer opportunities.

  • 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

The safety, health and wellbeing of our volunteers is of absolute importance to us. We have a duty of care to all our volunteers and to the communities in which we work.

It is critical that we do not place any extra burdens on partner organisations, communities and the health infrastructure in the countries where we operate.

The medical advice over COVID-19’s risk factors, based on international, science-based evidence, is that certain groups of people are more susceptible to more serious symptoms if they contract COVID-19.

Those at higher risk include people with certain existing medical conditions and the risk of severe illness, hospitalisation and death also increases with age. These risks can be significantly mitigated through vaccination.  It is therefore a requirement that all volunteers and accompanying partners be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 consistent with public health recommendations.  Additional precautions and treatment measures have been implemented throughout our in-country operations, to allow for a safe resumption.

At this stage, an age limit exists of 70 years for assignments in Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu. For assignments in Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands, an age limit of 65 years applies. These current age limits are informed by medical advice and risk assessment of all Programme countries, including relating to medical treatment and retrieval factors. Volunteer Service Abroad reserves the right to alter these requirements at any time. The situation continues to be reviewed, including at an individualised level through the health preparation and medical clearance process.

E-volunteers who are working remotely from New Zealand and whose assignment does not require overseas travel are not affected.