Can I volunteer?

VSA recruits skilled volunteers from all walks of life, however applications are limited by the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident with the right to reside and work permanently in NZ 
  • Have the requisite skills and experience to carry out the professional goals of the assignment 
  • Have no dependent children*

We also look for people with the personal attributes to be great volunteers including flexibility, resilience, adaptability, and commitment to the full duration of your assignment.

All VSA assignments focus on sharing skills, so great relationship building and mentoring skills are really valuable for making a long-lasting, positive difference. 

*VSA sends couples on assignment together, however unfortunately we are unable to accommodate families in our programme

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. The situation continues to be reviewed, including at an individualised level through the health preparation and medical clearance process.

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. We do reserve the right to alter these requirements. 

If you are unable to travel overseas, we have established a programme where volunteers can work remotely from New Zealand, called e-volunteering. Find out more about our e-volunteering programme here.