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Volunteer Service Abroad Te Tūao Tāwāhi (VSA) has temporarily suspended deployment of volunteers due to COVID-19 border restrictions both within Aotearoa New Zealand and across the wider Pacific.

In the meantime, we will continue to recruit to 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.
 
Why should you register for the talent pool?

It lets us know you are ready to volunteer. By setting up your profile, using our online portal, the volunteer recruitment team can match your skills, experience and volunteer preferences, and consider you for future assignments.

VSA is still actively recruiting for volunteers so they are ready to deploy when country borders open.
 
What sort of skills are we looking for?

VSA recruits skilled volunteers across a numbers of sectors including:

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Engineering
  • Renewable Energy
  • Policy and Governance
  • Health
  • Education
  • Marketing & Communication
What information do we need from you?
 
To register your interest in our Talent Pool, click on the “register now” tab.

  • Create your own profile using our online portal
  • Input your contact details and upload your most up to date CV

Remember, you can access your profile at any time. Make sure you keep your details current. This helps our recruiters match you to the most relevant assignment as they’re developed.
 
To register your interest in our Volunteer Talent Pool, click on the “register now” tab .

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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. (For example, international evidence has shown that people 65 and over are five times more likely to be hospitalised and 90 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people in their twenties.)

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 taken 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.