Drug and Alcohol Education Mentor - E-Vol

Closing Date: 19 June 2023

Category: Education & Training

Drug and Alcohol Education Mentor - Divine Word University (DWU)

Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all. 

E-volunteers receive a monthly honorarium to help cover the costs associated with undertaking the assignment.

VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually. 
Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident. 
Our Partner Organisation - Divine Word University (DWU)

Alcohol and drug abuse can significantly impact a student's academic and personal life.

Therefore, it is crucial to provide effective education and support services to prevent substance abuse and address the issues promptly if they occur.

At DWU, we are deeply committed to promoting sound moral values and attitudes among our students and providing effective alcohol and drug education that equips them with the knowledge and skills required to make healthier decisions about alcohol and other drugs.

A volunteer can assist DWU to strengthen its alcohol and drug prevention education programmes and recovery support services.

By promoting sound moral values and attitudes, providing educational resources, and collaborating with other stakeholders, DWU aims to create a culture of care and well-being that fosters a better teaching and learning environment, ultimately leading to improved learning outcomes.

The Country - Papua New Guinea

Known for its immense cultural and biological diversity, sandy beaches and coral reefs, experience Papua New Guinea.
The Assignment

In this assignment an experienced and skilled VSA volunteer (Drug and Alcohol Education Mentor) can contribute to enhancing the effectiveness and efficacy of DWU’s alcohol and drug education and recovery support for students.

The VSA Volunteer will work collaboratively with the Counselling Services team, Student Union, and other campus departments to identify gaps in capacity and capability and develop and implement drug and alcohol prevention programs.

The VSA Volunteer will help provide counselling to students struggling with substance abuse and offer support to those in recovery.

The Volunteer

Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community. You will need to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community. 

We're looking for a volunteer with the following:

•A tertiary qualification in counselling, social work, or a related field.•Proven experience in alcohol and drug education, prevention, and counselling.

•Experience in substance abuse prevention, education, and counselling.

•Knowledge of current best practices in substance abuse prevention and intervention

•Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

•Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

•Knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to substance abuse prevention and intervention.

Apply for this amazing opportunity through our website. For more information on this assignment, email volunteer@vsa.org.nz.

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Part time volunteer assignment from the comfort of home
  • Build capacity through online support
  • Make a difference where it is really needed in PNG

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.